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Old 07-05-2020, 11:39 AM   #1
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New Skoolie " Big Chuck"

Hi all! My girlfriend and I have just purchased a 1999 International 3800. Its got a DT466, just over 180,000 miles. Its partially converted just needs some additions and TLC. We dubbed him " Big Chuck".
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Old 07-05-2020, 11:49 AM   #2
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You're not from Cleveland, are you?

Is the space in front of the "B" part of the name?
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Old 07-05-2020, 11:58 AM   #3
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We are just north of Columbus actually. And i guess that's part of it now lol! Are you up near Cleveland than?
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We are just north of Columbus actually. And i guess that's part of it now lol! Are you up near Cleveland than?
Not any more, but I grew up around there. "Big Chuck and Little John" was a late-night show on one of the local TV stations where they would play terrible old movies interspersed with terrible comedy sketches. Figured maybe you guys were naming your bus after that - if you had a toad you could name it Little John.

Lotta skoolie people in Ohio, that's for sure.
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Old 07-05-2020, 12:30 PM   #5
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Not any more, but I grew up around there. "Big Chuck and Little John" was a late-night show on one of the local TV stations where they would play terrible old movies interspersed with terrible comedy sketches. Figured maybe you guys were naming your bus after that - if you had a toad you could name it Little John.

Lotta skoolie people in Ohio, that's for sure.

First it was Big Chuck and Holihan. Little John was a frequent actor. I think Holihan wanted to move on.

Iíve met all three at local events. The last time was about 10 years ago. Big chuck and John were just sitting by themselves and no one seemed to care. I chatted with them for 30 min or so and we had a great time.

Was a fun show when I was 10-15 years old. They are both great guys and stay active in the community
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Old 07-05-2020, 12:34 PM   #6
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Yeah for sure quite a bit in Ohio. We just ironically named it Chuck just because! Anyways we went to move it from the storage place to work on it and it would not start. No lights no gauges moving... nothing. Batteries are good. I found a blown fuse and replaced it. After that i connected the batteries and it started making a loud buzzing sound and still would not start. Any suggestions or info?
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Old 07-05-2020, 12:40 PM   #7
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I dunno. My initial problems with getting the bus to start (which was like the first ten times) were either dead batteries, me not opening the security interlock deadbolts on the two emergency exit doors, or a dead starter. Yours sounds different and more serious.

But maybe you blew a fuse and also still have the starter interlock engaged?
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Old 07-05-2020, 12:43 PM   #8
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Yeah man im not sure at all. What is the starter interlock? Also mine has one rear emergency door and two roof hatches but how could i tell if theres a interlock deadbolt on it?
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First it was Big Chuck and Holihan. Little John was a frequent actor. I think Holihan wanted to move on.

I’ve met all three at local events. The last time was about 10 years ago. Big chuck and John were just sitting by themselves and no one seemed to care. I chatted with them for 30 min or so and we had a great time.

Was a fun show when I was 10-15 years old. They are both great guys and stay active in the community
It's weird, I totally also remember it as the "Big Chuck and Hoolihan" show, but apparently it was actually "Hoolihan and Big Chuck". Hoolihan left to try his hand at being a televangelist in Florida - but other televangelists thought he was fake, lol.

OP, sorry to hijack your thread with Cleveburg reminiscences. I'll stop now.
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Yeah for sure quite a bit in Ohio. We just ironically named it Chuck just because! Anyways we went to move it from the storage place to work on it and it would not start. No lights no gauges moving... nothing. Batteries are good. I found a blown fuse and replaced it. After that i connected the batteries and it started making a loud buzzing sound and still would not start. Any suggestions or info?
I would say it's time to get familiar with a DMM (digital multi meter).
I found with my bus, from long stretches of sitting and running down all the batteries that every wiring connection had a little bit of corrosion -- no one connection was a problem but one day in aggregate my bus would not start...
Not saying that's the problem -- but a dmm will tell whether your batteries are really charged or not and where the volts are going and where they're not...

Oh and welcome -- I'm (a transplant) just west of Columbus!
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I'll second that. The digital electrical multi-meter is a must have tool. If you can afford one that includes a clamp-on DC ammeter all the better.
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Buzzer....
maybe open and close all the doors and hatches.
Some newer buses require a passenger check and alarm if that's not done...I have no clue how to check that or how to reset it.
Good luck! Oh yeah...post some pics of your bus....we like pics.
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Old 07-05-2020, 06:19 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum TGase33
I heartily endorse the suggestion to get yourself a decent multi-meter, and learning how to use it. Having one and knowing how to use it will become invaluable now, and as your build progresses.
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Old 07-05-2020, 07:27 PM   #14
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Thanks all. I have a MULTI METER. The batteries tested at ab 12.5v and the terminals were cleaned and checked for corrosion. Ill attach the picture of what is making the buzzing sound. I replaced the 15 amp fuse that you'll see in the picture below the gold box thing( not sure what it is) The lonely wire on the right side is one of two that actually run back to the fuse i replaced. So not sure what to think.
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Old 07-06-2020, 12:33 AM   #15
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Ugh. That's a lot of wires. It'll be some work to figure it out with out a wiring diagram.
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My passenger door will use battery if you leave it in the open position. I always leave the main switch to closed and open the air lever next to the door
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