Hi, Sorry for the delay. Work kicked me out of state for a while and I bbbaaaccckkk.
The wife was giving me the stink eye from the large pile of goodies that arrived while I was gone - WOW like Christmas all over and early too.
I got the seats out this weekend - neighbors thought a tire shop opened for business next door with all the compressor and air wrench noises; BUT love those high torque air wrenches. If it won't unscrew it shears them off.
They are really cool about it though and keep watching what goes on.
I swear I thought I had cleaned the bus out really good from the junk from the previous owner:
But I had to put on a dust mask from the flour like dust being raised. Also a very good Idea to use knee protectors. With them on you can crawl around like a crab running from a pot on your knees and that protruding bolt won't poke holes in your knees.
I lost the light and light on cell phone camera didn't work well so here's some bad pictures of the cleaned out insides:
I have my priorities straight; the new GE frig on the right all stocked up with beer; I hope the wife doesn't find it LoL.
BUT it makes a good bribes for friends to come over to help; I have to remember to lock the frig first though.
Here is some pictures where I bought the bus from the previous owner - it had sat for five years.
I thought I would get tetanus just looking at it; but the bus grew on me.
What I have also found out the Chevy P30 chassis is used on allot of motor homes like the 1995 Winnebago.
7.4 Liter or 454 Big Block Fuel Injected Chevy Motor. In the left upper you can see it has not one but two AC compressors - one for the front and one for the rear of the bus.
I am looking at installing Solar cells on the roof and want as much wattage I can get. The Thin film ones are great; peal and stick but the bus is too short for the six 134 watt ea I wanted. they are 15 plus feet long and 16'' wide. The store bough solar panels in the 230 watt range are stupid expensive and I bought 200 4 watt 6x6 cells from ebay. That should give me 600-80o watts output. I do electronics and plan to assemble the panels. I returned the 8D batteries after I found out they weren't a good choice and went with 6 volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. I am going to start out with six and see what happens; maybe go to 8 or ten. I bought a MSW inverter rated at 2000-2500 continuous watts and surge to 5000 watts and will be thrashing it under a load from an AC unit to see what happens. The thing was a little over $100.00 and will see if it holds up; if it does I plan on buying another and setting them up in parallel; run one one one circuit and another on another circuit. I am working to run as much as everything I can on 12v and use the inverters when I have no choice. 12v appliances are stupid expensive. I found out an inverter will pull at a minimum of 90 amps per 1000 watts output.
In the plans is to make a pedestal on the right side of the doghouse for the co-pilot, using one of the removed bus seats with seat belts and looking at extending the frame in back out about 4-5 feet for a cargo deck; to carry my motorcycle and two 100lb propane tanks and gen-set 6000/7000 ( already have that for running the house for power outages ).
I kinda wish the bus had been about ten feet longer but at $1,000.00 price I got a deal. I got all to stupid wangling done with the DOT for a commercial exemption on the bus and have the permit for that, insurance and registration- the nice lady at the DMV wasn't really nice and despite the exemption stated I still had to pay the commercial registration on the bus 700.00.I asked where it stated that in the law and she refused to show me ( I haven't given up; wrote a letter to the Director of the DMV for the statues ) That was a Friday; the following Monday the new Gov. ( I didn't vote for that ahole) raised the weight tax by 100% so next year the reg. will be double at a minimum. Yea they know how to fix the economy-NOT..
Everybodies registration about doubled. Weight tax went from 1.25 @ Lb. to 2.25 @ Lb.
Tomorrow I back at it breaking things so I can build things.