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KC10Chief 12-02-2007 11:02 PM

Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV
 
I was thinking the same thing about the tile. Using silicone instead of grout between the tiles. I'm not so much worried about flexing, as I am about jolts from potholes or bumpy roads. I was planning to use some more sub flooring to build my shower out of, and try to seal it up really well. But it's not a big space. I might spring for the marine grade plywood. It's not cheap though!

lapeer20m 12-02-2007 11:22 PM

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i just re-watched all of the video's i made for the old bus' ebay ad. Can't wait till this bus nears completion and i'm able to go out and shoot a few more videos. they're a lot of fun.

I was actively working on this video when someone used the "buy it now" feature........then i was too excited to finish it!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=8cqpTtEUj9A

the_experience03 12-03-2007 07:29 AM

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A person could use a switch on that power wire, Elliot. I don't see a problem there. It actually wouldn't be a switch though...it would have to be solenoid or relay rated for 165 amps of continuous use. That's not really a big deal, but they are a little spendy ("spendy"...I'm from Minnesota). The other issue that scares me a LITTLE about those is that they are normally open which means a minor failure somewhere in the line would mean a major failure in the charging system. But...if both are completely separate and redundant that wouldn't really matter, atleast to get you home. :D

pete c 12-03-2007 07:44 AM

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it needn't be a solenoid. Just have a bigass heavy duty switch at the battery. This is assuming that the battery is in an accessible place.

reprobate 12-03-2007 09:55 PM

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I sure hope you all are around with your smarts when I start the electrical on my bus, it's the one part that is voodoo magic to me.

the_experience03 12-03-2007 10:35 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pete c
it needn't be a solenoid. Just have a bigass heavy duty switch at the battery. This is assuming that the battery is in an accessible place.

Very true. But Elliot got me thinking about an airplane where you can kick off either magneto from the seat...and...well...I like big shiny switches on my dash to control stuff. Skoolie bling if you will...

pete c 12-04-2007 08:32 AM

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yeah, a schoolie isn't a skoolie if it doesn't have a controll panel that looks like the space shuttle. Lots of chrome toggle switches with led indicators and plenty of gauges.

lapeer20m 12-04-2007 08:41 AM

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don't forget to add at least one fighter pilot safety switch!!

https://www.redline.lt/gallery/main.p...serialNumber=2

KC10Chief 12-04-2007 02:23 PM

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I'm planning to totally rebuild my drivers area and make a new panel with lots of switches and lights. :D I'll work on that this spring.

That's a pretty good bus video. Where's the rest of it? :D I have been thinking lately about my 5 year bus plan. My wife totally thinks I've lost my mind. Anyways, I'm hoping to have my current bus done by May or June sometime. Well, I don't think that it will ever be done, but it will be ready to camp! Anyways, after that, I want to buy a short bus like a GMC Midbus. That conversion should be quite a bit easier and cheaper I'd think. I want it for a hunting rig capable of sleeping three people. So after that, I want to get the biggest TC2000 I can find. Sort of like Phil's bus. Something that's more economic, faster and bigger! 14 windows at least. I want to convert that bus into a camper as well, but with four bunks instead of two, a dinette, bigger bathroom etc. Once THAT bus is done, I want to take my current bus, gut it, and then turn it into a jacuzzi bus! :D Somehow, I plan to get all this done in the next 5 years. I could sure think of a lot of uses for a jacuzzi bus.

pete c 12-04-2007 05:34 PM

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everybody knows there is just one use for a jacuzzi bus. :)

If younger and single, I'd sure as hell have one.

Elliot Naess 12-04-2007 05:44 PM

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:D
Hmmm... I'm young and single...

...And I just saw such a tub sitting on a curb here in town with a "free" sign on it...

Peter! Cut it again! We're dropping a tub in it!


:lol: :lol: :lol:

lapeer20m 12-06-2007 03:33 PM

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so we made some progress in the past few days...but it's just moving slower than i'd like.....

before

https://lh5.google.com/imloud2/Rvyr2M...JPG?imgmax=640

Now

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2404/...b89edb.jpg?v=0

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2229/...1b5c6f.jpg?v=0

Now we found this really cool stuff to put on the ceiling. It's ceramic beads i'm pretty sure. The guy we're renting the shop from donated it to the project. It's super hard....like a diamond! You can't scratch or skuff it once it's dry...not even with a screwdriver or a knife. It's cool stuff, comes in lots of colors. here is a sample...although we're using a different color.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2222/...a20a48.jpg?v=0

we put it on with a trowell....we started on the back wall so we would hopefully have the application method figured out by the time we got to the ceiling

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2218/...44bf0a.jpg?v=0

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2052/...5ea215.jpg?v=0
The guy is a contractor who does this stuff. I think it's called "energex" it's an insulating exterior product. He said he's gonna throw away all of these 5 gallon pails so he told me to feel free to use as much as we want. Look at the photo, there's a lot of 5 gallon pails!!! Most have already been opened, some are still sealed.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2114/...bb50f1.jpg?v=0

lapeer20m 12-10-2007 03:28 PM

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MY RIGHT ARM HURTS SO BAD!

it took way longer than anticipated, but the ceiling is pretty much done...at least as far as the cool coating material is concerned. The good news i just found out today is that i can still paint the ceiling. That's cool because i really want to use the invisible blue uv paint on the ceiling. It has a really cool texture to it. In retrospect it's been a lot more work doing this ceiling than it's probably worth, but it's going to be really nice when completed, and one of a kind.

I was worried about how i was going to "fix" the ceiling when i first bought the bus, and this is a professional solution. Here's a before photo of the ceiling...

There was a 1/4" drop between the white and rust colored parts of the ceiling. Until we discovered this material i didn't know what i was gonna do... The previous owner removed all of the shelving units and whatever else used to exist in the rust colored area.

BEFORE

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2135/...499202.jpg?v=0

FIRST ADDED SOME MATCHING WHITE MATERIAL

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2400/...14f954.jpg?v=0

THEN STARTED WITH 3 COATS OF FLEXIBLE UNDERCOATING STUFF....FORGET WHAT IT'S CALLED...


https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/...c6bfb8.jpg?v=0

I'LL ADD PHOTOS OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT SOON....

pete c 12-10-2007 08:56 PM

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jacuzzi bus V?

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1994-BLU ... dZViewItem

lapeer20m 12-11-2007 01:14 PM

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i spent the day painting pieces of ceiling samples.....

here's an example of the white paint that glows under UV light.

under regular white light

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2056/...8f6fe4.jpg?v=0


the same sample under UV light

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2174/...b1c09a.jpg?v=0

the_experience03 12-11-2007 07:53 PM

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Cool stuff! I might have to get some. How well would it hold up on the exterior do you think?

lapeer20m 12-11-2007 10:31 PM

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i've wondered the same thing....wouldn't it be cool to paint flames on the exterior of the bus that glowed wildly under uv lights mounted on the outside of the bus??

here is the website: https://www.wildfirefx.com/product_lupaint.aspx?PID=12

it's latex, so prob not exactly designed for use on the exterior of a vehicle. However, they do sell clearcoat just for this paint that offers protection from sunlight as well as making a tougher coating. You might have to repaint annually....or you might be able to use automotive clearcoat.... I am curious about how much UV light gets blocked using standard automotive clearcoat....

https://www.wildfirefx.com/images/PRO...watchesOFF.gif

the_experience03 12-11-2007 11:06 PM

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Hmmm...interesting stuff that I might have to try. The next obvious question is how far does the stuff go?

Roasting8 12-12-2007 11:31 AM

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Hi Jason,

My uncle painted his car (junker) with the same exterior latex paint, he used for his house. The paint lasted for a few years, until he got rid of the car.

It was funny, looking at a pale green car that matched the house. :lol:

Robert

lapeer20m 12-12-2007 05:48 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by the_experience03
Hmmm...interesting stuff that I might have to try. The next obvious question is how far does the stuff go?

if i understand your question, it took 2 quarts for me to spray all the flames inside the jacuzzi bus II. About 280 square feet about 10 feet wide x 28 feet long. Even though on the final product not all of the ceiling was covered in blue flames, most of the ceiling was in fact covered with blue when painting it's just that some of the ceiling was masked with tape.

I don't even know if they recommend spraying it, and if they do, probably not recommended through an air automotive sprayer like i used. I had to thin it down to about 50% water to get it to spray well. Since it's a matte finish you would probably do just as well to roll it on.

we got a lot done today...photos to come. The ceiling is finished! we decided it looked so professional that we just couldn't imagine it looking any better if we painted it so we left it alone.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2127/...bec7ed.jpg?v=0

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2408/...a4db13.jpg?v=0



All the tile got laid today, but my camera batt died before i could capture of a photo of the finished product.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/...4522fa.jpg?v=0


https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2183/...8c3289.jpg?v=0



We have to go back and grout (silicone) between all of them once it's dry, then the floor will be finished. It looks way nicer than i was expecting!

She's moving right along now!!!!

captainkf 12-13-2007 06:22 PM

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Looks great! Keep those pics coming. Do you have a drain in the floor for spilled water? Is the floor heated for winter use? Is the tile tilted to drain water? What kind of tile did you use? How much wood do you have down on the metal subfloor? I love the idea of tile in the bus, as my laminate has had moisture damage and is swelling, so may need replacement.

-Richard

captainkf 12-13-2007 06:34 PM

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So I love how the roof turned out, however I am unable to find any info on the "energex" product. Can you see any other brands or product names on them? Too bad a couple of those couldn't be shipped to spokane washington as that would look very nice in my bus :) . Thanks Jason.

-Richard

lapeer20m 12-19-2007 12:30 AM

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been too busy to post lately........my apologies to anyone with dial up, there' s a lot of photos


the blue is some nice fabric. I love the way it bridges the gap between the wall and the ceiling.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2175/...38770c.jpg?v=0

this is what keeps us going! fresh snow chilled mt dew

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2087/...71eae4.jpg?v=0

masked off flames for use under the glass block floor.....

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2022/...c01cca.jpg?v=0

here's what it looks like after painting and removing the tape:

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/...a10361.jpg?v=0

and under UV light:

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/...1a6a01.jpg?v=0

under the block with uv light:

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/...64487c.jpg?v=0

stumbled onto some cultured stone for the front of the wheel wells (it's not done yet, still needs mortar between the stones)

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/...767d84.jpg?v=0

This stuff is simply amazing...just squeeze a little onto the back of the cultured stone and it sticks in place instantly.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2340/...775c17.jpg?v=0

more cultured stone:

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2201/...8336a4.jpg?v=0

lapeer20m 12-27-2007 10:12 PM

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i need to post more photos.....

got the stereo all installed including a pair of 15" sub's, sony xplode stereo, amp, 4 speakers, serius sat rado, ect....

mostly finished the couch in the back of the bus. We used over 50 pounds of padding to make the custom comfy couch. The bottom layer is 3" squishy foam with several inches of high quality polyester fiberfill.

i hope to have the interior nearly completed by jan 1....actually, the interior is nearly completed now!

lapeer20m 01-09-2008 09:33 PM

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added a few video's for anyone who'd like to see....

jacuzzi bus construction episodes 1 through 3

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ig8vJe6DW7U

https://youtube.com/watch?v=kuvWQo-6cqk

below i added the new 24 volt alternator....

https://youtube.com/watch?v=l5Uq42x_ES4

lapeer20m 01-15-2008 06:25 PM

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bus is coming along well. i'm reasonably confident that she'll be finished before the end of jan

tomorrow i plan to spend a good part of hte day creeping around under the bus tracking down all the air leaks. plastic DOT air hose is kinda pricey, but i bought some today. also plan to re-plumb the air bags to get the entire bus to kneel instead of just the front.

the interior is nearly finished, lots of little trim pieces to install,

bought some 2x10's today so i can make blocks to drive the bus onto. Unlike my other skoolies, it's really difficult to slide under this thing.

still need to buy the flat screen tv

one of the only big projects left is exterior paint. I'm leaning toward white....also exploring the possibility of not painting it at all.

reprobate 01-15-2008 06:39 PM

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Can't wait to see pictures, Jason. So when do you start into the limo business?

Hey and on a side note. Since you're obviously (way more than I'll ever be) so incredibly damn clever. I was wondering if you wanted to bring yourself, your smarts, and one of those hydraulic pistons over for a barbeque. My slideout has gotten heavy. Lots of good looking women here in TX. and cold is only 45F.

And on another side note. That liquid nails instant stick stuff is pretty good? Never used it.

Friday good for you? Ribs, chicken and sausage?

We want pictures!

lapeer20m 01-15-2008 07:00 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by reprobate
Can't wait to see pictures, Jason. So when do you start into the limo business?

Hey and on a side note. Since you're obviously (way more than I'll ever be) so incredibly damn clever. I was wondering if you wanted to bring yourself, your smarts, and one of those hydraulic pistons over for a barbeque. My slideout has gotten heavy. Lots of good looking women here in TX. and cold is only 45F.

And on another side note. That liquid nails instant stick stuff is pretty good? Never used it.

Friday good for you? Ribs, chicken and sausage?

We want pictures!

i posted a few youtube video's of the bus.......i'll try to get more photos/video tomorrow.

at this time i don't plan run a limo service....but i might change my mind down the road. i would like to build a few more though.

i loved the liquid nails instant stuck stuff when i first used it, but discovered that it's pretty wimpy long term. I used it to hold fake stones to wood, and it did a great job, but the next day or 2 all of the stones fell down.

how does mid-february/early march sound? i want to take a couple weeks and head somewhere warm this winter.

phillbus914 01-15-2008 11:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by lapeer20m
how does mid-february/early march sound? i want to take a couple weeks and head somewhere warm this winter.

Ohhh I wanna go.. lets stay off the beach this time.

the_experience03 01-15-2008 11:24 PM

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Hey Jason-

How do you have that alternator tensioned? I see it has the pivot bolt. Is that all it is is a friction hold or is there a jam bolt like a lot of OEM applications? Also, does it just run off a free pulley or does that belt drive something else? I'm thinking that mount was part of the engine cradle. Does it move with the old Detroit? I liked the setup. It was cool the way you put it over to the side next to the other one and out of the way a little.

reprobate 01-16-2008 06:34 PM

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Had to get a different browser to look at your videos. Very nice! Your bus looks great! Love all the tile and the paint. Late Feb or March sounds good. Hope to be done with my bus about then. Bring Phil and we'll go find some fun.

lapeer20m 01-16-2008 10:33 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by the_experience03
Hey Jason-

How do you have that alternator tensioned? I see it has the pivot bolt. Is that all it is is a friction hold or is there a jam bolt like a lot of OEM applications? Also, does it just run off a free pulley or does that belt drive something else? I'm thinking that mount was part of the engine cradle. Does it move with the old Detroit? I liked the setup. It was cool the way you put it over to the side next to the other one and out of the way a little.

spent about 14 hours on the bus today.....uggg i'm tired.

it's tensioned just like the oem alternator. there are a pair of bolts at the bottom that allow it to pivot, and one on the top that holds it in place....i'll try to shoot a photo tomorrow. there is a pretty good shot of it in the video i thought. to tension, you put a little pressure on the alt with a prybar or 2x4 until adequate belt tension is achieved, then you tighten the bolt on top. ......anyhow. the bottom pivot point of the alternator is not connected to the engine it'self which is something i thought about when i was fabricating the setup, but the arm that keeps tension on the alternator is bolted to the motor. The motor isn't allowed much movement, but having the tension arm connected to the motor seems like a good setup. I have a label maker and want to make it easy for the next owner. Both alternator bodies are identical, but one is 24 volt, the other is 12.

this is not my setup, but is very similar.

https://www.lotuseuropa.org/images/Pi...tor_Front2.jpg

the guy i bought the bus from is a liar and a cheat.
he claimed the bus had all new airbags, and that he replaced the ride hight valves. i spent most of the day today under the bus, after i drove it up on blocks. Air bags are obviously not new. they don't leak, but by looking at them it's very apparent they are not new. There are a total of 4 ride height valves. only 1 of them is new. I figured out why the bus doesn't sit level.....there is only 1 valve in the front, the other one was disconnected. He tried to have both the left and right side work off of the same valve, which was a good money saving idea, except the bus weighs more on the right side so the bus sits unlevel all the time.

i wish it was easier to pursue legal action against a person that lives 2K miles away. Along with his claim of 80-85 mph and 10.4 mpg...........

buyer beware. next time i'll actually inspect the bus thoroughly before i drive it away.

photos are on the way...but i gotta get some sleep.

lapeer20m 01-17-2008 05:38 PM

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here is a photo of hte front steps pretty much finished. Still have a bit of trim left to do inside the bus.

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2321/...c278d9.jpg?v=0

made a few more videos.....

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ZK91zVI43Co

https://youtube.com/watch?v=TCgFm2PGNpI
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https://youtube.com/watch?v=gpPTcbS9_gM


i've spent entirely too many hours over the past couple days crawling around under the bus fixing air leaks and trying to get the front air ride working correctly. The guy that owned the bus before me sure did muck things up.

behappystupi 01-17-2008 07:16 PM

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any fresh excu-ahem- e-mails from the buyer? Hows that legal action going for ya?

lapeer20m 01-17-2008 07:52 PM

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i decided not to pursue legal action at this time. even though the bus isn't what i paid for, it's still a nice bus. there are a lot of things i need to spend money on to fix that were either things that he didn't mention, or were bold faced lies, but any sort of civil suit might require me to give the bus back and that just doesn't work. Not only is it 2K miles from here which translates to well over $1K in fuel, but before i could even have my case heard i can finish building the bus and have it sold. Although i think that he did me wrong, fighting it out in court doesn't seem to be worth my time or money or effort at this point.

lapeer20m 01-18-2008 09:45 AM

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i bought the bus off ebay. the seller and i e-mailed back and forth a few times in the beginning. he swore up and down that he drove the bus at least 70-75 on the flats as indicated by the speedo in the e-mails, and told me that he's certain that i didn't have the automatic transmission in top gear and that's why it got such poor fuel economy and had a top speed of 60 or below. he also tried to tell me that the bus has larger than stock tires which made the speedo not read accurately. ie: 70 on the speedo was actually 85. Too bad for him i have a gps that says the speedo is pretty much right on....and the oversized tires??? there is a plate riveted inside the bus that states the tires on the bus are the stock size. I told him that he made a mistake and the bus does not have oversized tires, and the speedo is not really off, and also looked at the transmission and rear end gear ratio, researched them on the internet and it's not possible for the bus to travel much faster than 60. At 63 the engine is at or above redline.

i am angry that the guy lied to me so many times, but at the same time, i am the one responsible to inspect a vehicle thoroughly before i pay for it. it's a good life lesson for me to learn. There are bad people in the world who just can't be trusted. I will scrutinize the next bus very carefully before i buy it.

lapeer20m 01-25-2008 10:42 AM

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bus is 98% finished!

new video here:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Jwwb9fJFOs4

lapeer20m 01-25-2008 11:23 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortBus
Looking great! One question though: what happens when the lights underneath the floor burn out, do you have to take all of those glass blocks out?

the lights aren't under the floor. they are mounded to the bottom side of the little table that's in the middle of the glass block and are very easy to get too. The paint is "invisible UV paint" from wildfirefx. it's white under regular light, but brilliant blue under blacklight (UV light)

it's impossible to capture on video just how cool that glass block floor is with the paint underneath!

lapeer20m 01-26-2008 02:55 PM

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scratch another major project off the list! i got the kneeling feature working today for all 4 wheels. the bus only kneeled in the front from the factory. had to buy some expensive solenoid valves and do more plumbing while crawling/sliding around under the bus. I hate working under the bus! glad that project is done. A new video is in the works....

i installed a new fuel guage and sending unit the other day......note to self, pay attention when connecting the 12v+ wire to the guage. If you connect it to the wrong terminal like i did you too can buy another new fuel gauge...still waiting for the second one to arrive in the mail.

one of the only major projects to finish is the rear door controls. the previous owner (jackass!) removed the air cylinders and all the related hardware for the rear doors. I bought new pneumatic cylinders, tubing, and other related plumbing accessories to get that project working. Perhaps tomorrow i can dig into that project. It seems very straightforward in my head, but might become more complicated than i realize.

Also have to add a rear heater from one of my old buses, but the coolant lines are very easy to get too.

after that, it's pretty much just cleaning, and a visit to the vinyl graphic's shop to see about adding some pizzas (not pizza's) to the exterior of the bus.

KC10Chief 01-29-2008 04:37 PM

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Do you think the glass blocks will be slippery with wet feet? :shock:

lapeer20m 01-29-2008 05:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by KC10Chief
Do you think the glass blocks will be slippery with wet feet? :shock:

probably. the glass block is not in the jacuzzi area. the ceramic tile will probably we slippery when wet too.

the_experience03 01-29-2008 06:18 PM

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I think your next bus needs a Twister board on the floor made out of tiles or something. Put it nice and close to the jacuzzi and invite as many women aboard as you can. :o

KC10Chief 02-01-2008 10:16 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by the_experience03
I think your next bus needs a Twister board on the floor made out of tiles or something. Put it nice and close to the jacuzzi and invite as many women aboard as you can. :o

:shock: :D I second this idea! It doesn't get much better than wet, scantily clad women wrestling around on your bus! :D :D :D

lapeer20m 02-09-2008 04:36 PM

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BROUGHT HER HOME TODAY

finally! a little behind schedule and almost 30% over budget eek! but i brought her home from the shop today. There are still a few things to do, but she's so close to finished i can taste it.

new photos/video's coming soon!

sportyrick 02-11-2008 11:24 AM

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looks like your origional bus #1 is on Ebay and the guy isn't happy with what happened to the engine. Someone could get it cheap, how about buying it and fixing it up again and selling it and making money? sportyrick

Steve 02-11-2008 12:20 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sportyrick
looks like your origional bus #1 is on Ebay and the guy isn't happy with what happened to the engine. Someone could get it cheap, how about buying it and fixing it up again and selling it and making money? sportyrick

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-...em270210619118

lapeer20m 02-11-2008 01:53 PM

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that bus was re-sold on ebay at the exact same time my previous bus was listed. How often do you find 2 jacuzzi buses for sale on ebay at the same time? The seller stated it had a brand new engine/trans. I was curious about that and e-mailed the seller (who is not the person who bought the bus from me) to ask why the bus had a new engine/trans. She told me that her plan was to use the bus as a cross country traveling vehicle for their band and they decided to spend the money on a new powertrain to guarantee it was reliable.

we had a thread on that auction somewhere......i'll see if i can go dig it out

and where do they get that it's a 35 passenger??? There is only seating for 12, plus 8 more in the jacuzzi if you're feeling frisky.

just found the link......it's from back in october and the photos don't work now....also noticed that the auction ended early due to the item being sold locally. Too bad they didn't finish the deal on ebay or the new owner would have qualified for the vehicle protection program and most likely gotten a new engine for free. I think a new Ford 6.6 liter is like $10K. If i was gonna replace it, i'd definately put the 7.8 in it.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Custo...em130165014787

lapeer20m 02-11-2008 08:53 PM

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i e-mailed him a link to my bus photos....i see he posted them on the ad now.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-For ... 0210619118

here is the e-mail he sent me:

"Thanks so much, it is having a new engine put in it right now. We bought it and the engine went within 2 hours of ownership. We got screwed by the people we bought it from and are only looking to get back the money we've invested in it. Can you give me any information about the bus? Anything that may help us in selling or using if we don't make up for the loss. It still looks like that on the outside, and it has some standard black bench seating now instead of the couches and the rack was removed from the top. It seems like a great money maker, but didn't have it long enough in my possession to really get a good idea of the potential. What do you think? Thanks for the pics as well, they are exactly what I needed."

lapeer20m 02-13-2008 01:14 AM

Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV
 
putting the finishing touches on the bus......drove her home from the shop the other day and ended up not having any heat. Fixed that today. This next one is a biggie.....my air ride suspension deflated when i was just down the street from the house. The suspension is engineered to allow the bus to be driven when the air suspension system fails so it wasn't a problem getting home.

It was dark, and near zero degrees F. I looked under the bus with a flashlight and didn't like what i saw. The rear air ride solenoid valves, hoses, and wires were all wrapped several times around the driveshaft. Just then i remembered that i forgot to crawl under there and zip tie the wires and air lines securely in place and away from the spinny parts.

Today was much warmer, near 20 degrees. I spent at least an hour laying in the snow under the bus in a confined area that makes it difficult to use both hands at one time. Yeah, that was fun! This is the coldest i've been in a long long time. After i replaced all the hoses and wires i was attempting to attach zip ties one-handed and just didn't have the dexterity in my numb fingers. I forced myself to stay under there and finish the job.

Having the bus kneel with remote keyless sure is cool........

bought the 20" flat panel lcd with built in dvd player today. i'll work at mounting that tomorrow.

photos are coming soon!!!

lapeer20m 02-14-2008 09:40 PM

Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV
 
it was warm out today, near freezing. If you live in texas you might think that sounds cold, but it's 30 degrees warmer than the high temp just a couple days ago.

tv's all mounted to the back wall......the $30 flat screen tv mounting bracket was worth every penny!

air ride is working properly

heat has been giving me a difficult time, but i'm pretty sure i finally got that figured out today.

hopefully this weekend i can start shooting pictures of girlies.


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