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Old 05-02-2018, 11:47 AM   #41
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My husband is looking at a shuttle bus from a nursing home. Hadn't considered it till now. Not sure I like how low all the windows are but I'll see how yours looks all done.
I'll be watching!
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:56 PM   #42
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My husband is looking at a shuttle bus from a nursing home. Hadn't considered it till now. Not sure I like how low all the windows are but I'll see how yours looks all done.
I'll be watching!
I would love it if the windows were about 6 inches higher than they are...


Today I tried to get the rear exhaust manifold bolts out and I was not successful. Given that I do live in one of the rust states I knew the odds were against me, but even a blind squirrel finds an acorn. I just ordered a set of the manifold clamps that bolt onto the back of the engine block. I would make them myself but time is running down and for only 60$ they show up at my door....
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Old 05-04-2018, 02:23 AM   #43
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Alright here we go. This is Unistrut or Kindorf. Those are the two major brands that make the stuff so thats what people call it. (Just like all tissues are Kleenex). It comes in different sizes, typically 0.75" and 1.5" tall, whatever length you want, and the hole spacing and location varies based on the installation uses.

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This is an amazing post, it's super helpful for people like me who just look at the wall all day long trying to figure out how to attach something.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:00 AM   #44
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This is an amazing post, it's super helpful for people like me who just look at the wall all day long trying to figure out how to attach something.
Thank you very much. If you or anyone else would like more detail added to anything you see us doing please let me know.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:03 AM   #45
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New battery for the engine and an isolation relay for the auxiliary battery were added yesterday.



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Old 05-09-2018, 09:09 PM   #46
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Overall update photos from the past week.

got the exhaust manifold bracket clamps on:





Got the front trim and doghouse back together



hard to see under the cardboard but got the mattress in



And I got the seat frames made for the bench. Seats will be a little high because the heater had to be put in there but they should be alright. I have a few ideas for the tabletop that will lift up in the center of the bench. stay tuned.



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Old 05-14-2018, 10:02 PM   #47
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Took the bus on its maiden voyage this weekend to the finger lakes. So far so good, we put on almost 200 miles and got more than 10 mpg so that was a great relief. Everything mechanical worked perfectly. We did get some misfire warnings from the check engine light so I put new wires and plugs on today. They were diffidently needed. I threw the bench together quick and put the seat belts on the wall so we could get everybody in. The seats are definitely too high but thats what we ended up with in order to get the furnace I have under there. Maybe one day it will change but for now it will be just fine, might have to make a could foot stands for the vertically challenged, but just fine. I also got the water tank to just barely fit under the bus so that was a relief.







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Old 05-15-2018, 07:21 AM   #48
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Man I wish they made those exhaust manifold brackets for the 5.4 liter ford? Build is looking good.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:00 PM   #49
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Man I wish they made those exhaust manifold brackets for the 5.4 liter ford? Build is looking good.
I believe they do, not sure if your engine falls into this year range but I know I saw a bunch in my searches. good luck!

https://kralautoparts.com/product/ex...-kap5-4-single
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:37 PM   #50
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I cut a chunk of the fiberglass out that will be hinged for access to the battery, got the old auxiliary battery and holder out, and made a new mount for the new battery out of the seat frames and some materials I had laying around.









Uni-strut for the bottom portion of the frame with some plates I had





Some angle pieces across the front with the nuts welded in for easy removal





Piece of threaded rod across the top to keep it from jumping up



Piece of conveyor belt to put under the battery



As it will sit on the frame - I ran out of time tonight



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Old 05-22-2018, 12:06 PM   #51
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if you have access to one, a magnetic drill and some hole saws make any frame mounting a lot easier



got the battery mount bolted on and the battery in. That thing is a pain to get up there.



I found one of these A/C units at the curb, it was full of hair, cleaned it out and everything works fine. I am going to split the unit and put half under the remaining bench seat and half under the bed.





started working on replacing the seats. The drivers seat that came with the bus is possibly the most uncomfortable seat I have ever used...

New seats are out of an 03 chevy truck. Shoulder straps are built into the seat itself so the passenger seat will be nice and tidy. I had to cut off 2.5" from the original seat mount and add some metal for the new seat to bolt onto in order to get the right height and location.







Next step is figuring out the passenger seat and how to make that move out of the way when it is not in use.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:55 PM   #52
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Battery install looks good. ( better than mine). Not following you on the A/C split install you spoke of. Maybe Chris will chime in for the A/C install. I will keep following your thread to see what your talking about.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:14 PM   #53
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Battery install looks good. ( better than mine). Not following you on the A/C split install you spoke of. Maybe Chris will chime in for the A/C install. I will keep following your thread to see what your talking about.
Sorry, hopefully photos will help when I do it but right now everything is stacked up on the same frame. The compressor and condenser are on the bottom and the evap coil and blower are on the top. I am going to pull the evap coil and blower off of the frame so it will fit under one of my bench seats and put the compressor and condenser under the bed. Luckily I believe the hoses on it are long enough to make it happen. Otherwise I will sweat in the fittings to recharge it.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:29 AM   #54
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Can't wait..
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Sorry, hopefully photos will help when I do it but right now everything is stacked up on the same frame. The compressor and condenser are on the bottom and the evap coil and blower are on the top. I am going to pull the evap coil and blower off of the frame so it will fit under one of my bench seats and put the compressor and condenser under the bed. Luckily I believe the hoses on it are long enough to make it happen. Otherwise I will sweat in the fittings to recharge it.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:55 PM   #55
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Well a lot has happened so here are some photos to update. I got the passenger seat mount figured out, I built an overkill super bumper extension on the back of the bus with a hitch. This also has the box I am putting the propane tank in. A frame was welded around the side, back and top of that box to the extended bumper and that is where the grill will live while traveling, and when it is in use it will mount to the side. Sorry for the quick description but its time for sleep. Please ask if there is anything you need more detail on.















































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Old 06-01-2018, 09:11 AM   #56
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Have any pictures of how you mounted the platform to the bus frame?


This would make a killer shower platform using one of the tent showers.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:38 PM   #57
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Have any pictures of how you mounted the platform to the bus frame?


This would make a killer shower platform using one of the tent showers.
The steel I used to extend the frame is 4"x 3" x 3/8" angle. Hopefully these pictures help a bit. The angle is on the bottom and side of the frame with grade 8 and 5 bolts clamping them together.



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Old 06-06-2018, 10:16 PM   #58
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grill skid is painted, I welded tabs over the other legs so this grill and skid are now one.



Welded supports in the rear platform to hold up the 5/4" board



This is our water tank, it fits right between the frame, but only in one place. and that place will put it about 3" from the muffler. Nothing a few aluminum shields wont protect....I hope. Glued on some rubber as a barrier between the metal and plastic. Getting fittings tomorrow.



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Old 06-14-2018, 12:06 AM   #59
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quick picture update, water tank with fill port, "hardwood" floors, inverter, solar charger, heater, passenger seat, rear lights, rear camera, bike rack designed and waiting for the paint to dry, back platform painted and assembled, rear lights in back bumper, trailer lights, water heater. I think thats it....


































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Old 07-23-2018, 11:42 PM   #60
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sorry for the lack of updates, I got busy the last three weeks before we left on the trip getting the bus done. Since then we have been on the road for a month and have made it 5000 miles already. One day when I get some decent internet and some down time I will put up a bunch of photos. When the trip is done in a month I will go through everything we updated on the road that made our lives easier and give some tips and tricks that have worked out for us. Thanks everybody! keep working, keep building.
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