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Old 04-10-2016, 11:27 AM   #21
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Here are some pics for you. Trans/Air part #: 202683W serial #: E963729

When I looked up these numbers I got nothing.

The compressor is sitting on the floor in the corner, unfortunately I didn't get any shots of it before teardown. As you can see, the lines come up right in the middle of the floor (there used to be a bulkhead there because this bus came with a luggage compartment in the rear), so moving the compressor is on my to-do list anyway. It also needs at least some service.
is that the compressor or the evaporator?? it looks more like the floor mount Ducted evaporator that transair makes(made){this model isnt manufactured anymore it doesnt appear}.. at least its not n my current TransAir sales materials.... designed where you could run ducts above the seats along the windows typically...
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:46 PM   #22
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Finally the weather got more pleasant. I had taped a couple of roof seams with yellow duct tape to see if the leaks would stop..... and they did. The i went to the scarp yard and cut a 26X58 inch out of the roof of a big yellow bus. Photo in album.
Also got a small fiberglass door with hardware to make storage under the bus. I will use three of them on the passenger side. The battery will have to move to the driver side in front of the skirt condenser.
Tomorrow weather permitting I will cut another section for covering three windows..26x86"
I like to get some experience with removing the windows and covering the holes with the metal. I hope this weekend.

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Old 04-13-2016, 07:37 PM   #23
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil windows

Nice junk yard weather. Took another piece of the donor bus. ( img)
Took two windows of the Corbeil and fitted the sheet. ( img)
All three of our E350 together the red one and the bulan are both 4x4. (img)
Tomorrow some rust prep for this side and some more pre drilling holes.
The corbeil body is aluminum. I am not sure what to do with the steel sheet. It has small relief in it that will look nice.
Images in my Corbeil album

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Old 04-14-2016, 07:50 AM   #24
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:57 AM   #25
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:00 AM   #26
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well it does not work.
The url album pictures from skoolie .net does not transfer into the post.
Tries also uploading directly from my computer . file sizes are 1.8MB . may something else wrong, who knows.
I leave the images in the photo album on skoolie.net

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Old 04-14-2016, 11:01 AM   #27
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Most of us post images from photobucket. Try using a free account with them, they will give you the link to post as well.
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:07 PM   #28
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thank you,

any idea why the album url does not work? I rather not have photo's all over the place.

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Old 04-14-2016, 07:02 PM   #29
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I'm not tech savvy with the forum, I just know lots of members have had the problem in the past, and we just hot link a photo to our posts from other sites.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:37 PM   #30
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil door lock

Ok, I leave the images in the album for now. May be a moderator can help out here.

Got a lock from a grumman truck door. Talking about sturdy hardware. Removed the old driver bus closing mechanism and cleaned the old grease out of the Grumman hardware. I wanted a pin in the bottom and top to minimize wind noise and vibration. Added extra mounting holes in the Grumman lock and drilled and tapped holes in the door. The latch slide on the bottom has a slight angle so that during closing the door get pulled closer. The top has a standoff since it has to be behind the top door seal. Welded a piece in the drawbar to make it longer and made a rectangular hole in the first step. So far seems to work good. So far no key mechanism. Just take the handle and square shaft out. Imges follow tomorrow, It got to dark to make proper shots.

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Old 04-15-2016, 06:40 PM   #31
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uploaded a picture from the door lock. ( in the e350 corbeil album.)
The roof panel of the donor bus had some surface rust, ground most of the spots away and used a rust converter for the small pits that were left over.
(photo in e350 corbeil album)
The area between the rub rails where the school name used to be is going to be school board black so that the kids can draw on it with chalk. we sanded it with a palm orbital sander grit 80 and 120. Got some rust-oleum chalk board paint. First think tomorrow will be a Lowes run for grass green paint for everything below and above the double rub rail. Roof goes white from the gutter to over the seam on top.

Inverted a bus bench so that we created a booth and drilled new holes in the seat rail against the wall and in the floor.

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Old 04-16-2016, 01:49 PM   #32
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Sorry to revert to a few pages back. Chris commented that my previous picture wasn't a compressor, but the evaporator. He was right. I was also mistaken when I claimed that my front and rear A/C systems were separate.

However, after more investigation, I found that I was right that my system runs off a 12V compressor. Here are some pictures of it under the hood. Here it is on Amazon: Amazon.com: VDO PM267 Blower Motor: Automotive Apparently these came from the factory on some 95-96 model Econolines, but I don't have any more info than that.

I also found a 110V plug leading to it. I'm not sure whether it has a converter built in to run it off of shore/genny power, or whether there's some other reason to have a 110V plug there? It's not the block heater, there's a separate plug for that. More investigation to follow.
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:54 PM   #33
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Thats the blower motor for your heater/ac. And the 110 plug goes to your block heater.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:59 PM   #34
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Apparently I'm playing it fast and loose with these A/C component names guys.

However, the plug I'm talking about is separate from the block heater plug. It goes to the A/C area, the block heater plug goes to the engine. There are two plugs. Two.
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:22 PM   #35
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:00 PM   #36
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Hopefully it's more like putting a twix and a kit kat together under the same hood. Totally different, but equally awesome.
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hope this cord will lead to the extra comp[ressor or may be an electrical interior heater?

We decided on a color scheme; bottom skirt leave original yellow, green band, black chalk band under the window, window area sheet green again and top white.
We used a 120 grit palm orbital to clean the faded top layer of the yellow paint off and wiped it down with alohol,... you can see the yuengling box....
My wife taped the area and green it got, first time spray painting, and it did not get perfect, will let it dry and sand some down. The driver side was much better after the experience of the other side.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:04 AM   #38
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Old 04-17-2016, 12:13 PM   #39
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the VDO is the blower fan motor for the Front dashboard Air / heat / defrost..

if you follow the large refrigerant lines they will likely lead to an engine driven compressor.. one of them will.. I cannot see enough of the engine compartment to see where those lines lead to..

one of the large lines comes out of your dashboard evaporator.. (the plastic box with tape on it near the VDO motor)...

one of those large lines will be coming from your rear evaporator..

I see what looks like the black accumulator under the fender well..

the large suction lines will be 'T' together at some piont then a single line will go to the compressor.. that will be belt driven.. one compressor can run 2 condensers and evaporators.. most automotive compressors are way-oversized for the amount of flow required.. the ones on Vans even moreso as its expected the factory or a coach builder will install a rear A/C..

if you choose to not use the rear A/C in your final build but want the dash air, you will have to remove the 'T' fittings for the rear condenser and evaporator then connect the lines back together or replace them with lines from a single A/C econoline van..

I love that transair floor mount unit.. ive been looking for one and they dont make it anymore..

ProAir does so I'll likely end up with theirs..

good stuff!

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Old 04-17-2016, 12:39 PM   #40
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The green rustoleum is not real hard yet so I can not sand the first side back out. Moved on to the driver side. Green looks good so started sanding the PO black School Bus black hiding cover paint. Used grit 80 and then 120. (picture in E350 corbeil album) Yesterday I had removed the stop sign and found a nice rectangular hole. I will reuse that for an outside 120 VAC plug from the inverter. I will moved the second battery to behind under the driver. The inverter and battery selector switch will sit right behind the driver seat. That will keep the wiring real short. The AC high current wiring will be much shorter then as well. I will have to fabricate a battery box since I want to rotate the battery 90 degree and mage the skirt on hinges so that can pull the battery to the side. I have couple nuts to extend from the frame to allow for the parking brake cable. When the second battery is moved away then that side can be used for under the bus storage.
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