Yes, it's common for drivers of pre-converted skoolies (the ones that still carry kids) to turn those valves on and off. The engine coolant still circulates fine, it just cuts off the flow to the heaters. The switches for the heater turn the blowers on and off, if the valves are open you still have 200 degree coolant flowing through the heater cores.
I'm sure you are going to use this in the winter time so you left the heater there for that reason, right?
You might want to redo the duct work on it slightly cause as it sits you may find that you don't really get any air flow out of your current vent. The heaters take in the air from the top and blow it out of the bottom. having it suck in air from outside won't help you heat it inside as well so I wouldn't do that. Just drop the top of your box flat on top of the heater with it open in the middle and leave the space above the box and below your bed/bench open for air to come in the top.
Valves to shut off the flow are often found under the hood somewhere. If your hoses go through the floor you may find the valves underneath the bus somewhere.
Before you guys see pics, I was talking with a guy at a truck body shop who is currently painting my bus. I think I need to change the alignment on my bus since we removed and added weight in different sections ($150) and he wanted to change my tires but another guy said they're fine because they're 12 ply which apparently you can hardly find (except on school buses) - would it be good to just buy a spare in case? Also, I am worrying about axel weight and the max amount of weight a tire can hold, am I just worrying too much? Oh, pics updated of building our couch, storage area underneath and painting.
Updated interior pictures. We laid carpeting and finished the benches. Has really come to life now, we removed all our scrap wood and most of the tools. I'm pretty much done save for a few minor things like fixing the steps, hooking up TV and Direct TV. Oh baby I'm pumped.
Bumping for Silent Willie's one year anniversary! An update is that we got a new rebuilt Jasper engine dropped in it and it's coming home this weekend. Also installed a new tailpipe and exhaust mid-season. You can checkout tailgate pics and extensive conversion questions on our facebook fan page in the first post in this thread. Please like the page!
Bus looks great! Have you had the chance to do much partying yet? How is that red upholstery paint holding up on the seats? I'm thinking about painting my seats, but would like to hear how much you have used those seats and whether or not the paint is wearing off at all.
Dan checkout our linkto the fan page on the start of my thread. Pics galore of partying. The paint got chewed up from jeans of people. We're going to sand it off and repaint % try to use towels to cover the seats. I'd buy vinyl upholstrey if I could but it's 9 bucks a yard.
Was thinking of paining our dashboard red this year. Any suggestions on how to do this? I read on-line that over time it will chip and look bad. I read you can take it out, prime it and then paint it with duplicolor vinyl paint. I heard SEM is good to but it's a little pricey per can ($20) although I'd probably only need one. Then if I can't take the dash out what do I do? Basically everything in my bus is red and white Rutgers colors then we have this brown dashboard lol.
BEFORE you paint it, lay a cover (piece of fabric, paper, whatever) the colour that you want to paint it and see it it reflects in the windshield. Once upon a time, I had a Buick with a red dash. It was difficult for me to see thru in the daytime when the light reflected back onto the windshield. as for painting your dash.. I ran into website some place where someone painted their dash and it held up well. It may have been over at the rolledon.com forum but I will look and see. It's in my bookmarks which keep's getting longer and longer.
Bus looks good RU! I'm new here, bought a 15 passenger Goshen back in November to turn into a Penn State gater, now just looking for ideas since it is finally warming up. I'm a little broke right now, as I am in the car business, and business sucks in the northeast in the winter. Plus I am spending $10k redoing my bathroom myself. So between time and money spent on the bathroom, not much of either to put toward the bus. Just going to try and start with the most important parts, battery bank for TG stuff, changing the interior colors to PSU with vinyl, to start. Won't have much done for the Blue/ White game in April, but hoping to have a lot done before the Bama game in September. I'll be checking everybodys mods to get ideas, great site, so glad I found it!
Can't find where to upload a pic of the PSUer, can anyone help?
If it costs a little more that's okay. Do it right. Also just use photobucket to upload pictures. Create an account and then in this thread click the img icon and copy and paste your URL from photobucket into it and your picture will load. I am currently re-painting a lot of stuff for 2011. Just put in 4 hours today and felt like I did nothing lol. These things are fun to build and party in but they take a beating lol. If you want ideas or to look at more pictures here is our bus fan page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sil...e/336937276592 don't be afraid to become a fan. We could hookup when they play RU down the line!