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Old 05-16-2021, 07:38 PM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Canyon Lake, TX
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Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: FS-65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 77 Passenger
Freightliner Thomas FS65 Vandalock Delete- How to

Hello I would like to introduce myself as I am new to the forum and to joining the Skoolie journey! I have been an observer to this forum for awhile and have learned a great deal.. and Iím proud to say that I have recently acquired a bus of my own. I spent months bidding (and losing) on buses online, but the wait was worth it and I ended up getting a great bus at a very reasonable price. The amount of fun driving it the 1000 miles home definitely made me eager to get to work on it!

So like a lot of yíall, one of the steps in the conversion was to delete the vandalock. The bus I have is an 02 FS65 and I have not found much info on them.. unlike some Iíve seen.. I donít have an access door on the side for the electrical panel (you have to take the switch panel off to access the wiring).. so if you have something similar this may be helpful to you. The vandalock buzzer is located in this cabinet.. but not the wiring that controls the vandalock. So next I removed the ignition switch to see if I could get a lead there.. but unfortunately all the wires were the same color! This left me stumped for a bit but found later that itís actually really simple to delete the ignition lockout on this bus. The relay that controls the vandalock is located under the drivers footwell (by the ďdead pedalĒ refer to the pics for the location). Youíll find striped purple wires as well as a yellow wire going to that relay. One of the purple wires is going to a jumper wire on the relay and the other is located separately on the relay. Simply omit the jumper and splice the two striped purple wires together.. and youíll have no more ignition lockout and a spare relay! You can remove the buzzer as well.. but I chose to leave mine in as I found itís actually helpful to know if any of the emergency exits are open. Hope this helps someone!

Btw in the journey to delete the ignition lockout I contacted Thomas in Houston and they were extremely helpful! They gave me a complete wiring diagram for the interior electronics (including vandalock) so if any of yíall need something specifically or all of it (if itís possible to send a pdf that large) just PM me and Iíll send it over
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