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Forum: GM | Chevrolet Drivetrain 11-19-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 764
Posted By penguin
When you bring it to California you take your...

When you bring it to California you take your vehicle to a local testing station. They will do a cursory inspection and run a sniffer test where they insert a probe in the exhaust pipe and run the...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 05-21-2018, 12:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,994
Posted By penguin
P30 Based bus

I have a P30 based bus. Its an El Dorado Escort FE. It has a big block chevy engine and a 4L80E automatic. Had it about 8 years. It's about the same size as a step van. But I like having the windows....
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 02-24-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,503
Posted By penguin
I bought an Eldorado service manual (binder with...

I bought an Eldorado service manual (binder with about 500 pages) from Ebay. If you want I can scan the pages you need, put in a pdf and email it to you.
I have had the alternator fail twice, had...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 02-22-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,503
Posted By penguin
My Escort FE went into limp mode when the...

My Escort FE went into limp mode when the alternator quit working and batteries did not produce enough power. Once the alternator was repaired and batteries were charged it worked fine
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 02-21-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,503
Posted By penguin
I have a very similar bus. It is a 1998 and a...

I have a very similar bus. It is a 1998 and a little longer than yours. I am having a new engine put in right now and the shop has my service manuals with the bus. When I get the bus back at the end...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 02-14-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By penguin
I have an El Dorado Escort FE, which is 25 ft and...

I have an El Dorado Escort FE, which is 25 ft and it has 6'6" headroom
Forum: Skoolie Owners Registry 12-18-2016, 03:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,393
Posted By penguin
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 12-21-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,743
Posted By penguin
Your link doesn't work.

Your link doesn't work.
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 10-18-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By penguin
Re: Car Trailer

I have one I want to sell. I am in Northern California

Stephan
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 08-13-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,102
Posted By penguin
Re: 1988 Bluebird All American....your input please

I would advocate diesel over gasoline. More power, torque and better fuel economy. I have a short bus with a 454 Chevrolet engine and I get less than 7 mpg. I would have loved to have diesel but I...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 08-13-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,413
Posted By penguin
Re: NYS 2003 Ford F-350 Girardin Construction Vehicle Conver

I use my short bus for commercial purposes and initially had difficulty finding commercial liability insurance that wasn't a small fortune. California requires that vehicles that are commercially...
Forum: Titles, Insurance, Registration and Money Matters 02-17-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,341
Posted By penguin
Re: Commercial or not?

I have a small 25' bus I use for business (I converted it into a mobile woodshop) I kept the registration commercial and maintain commercial liability insurance on the vehicle. I pay $500 per year...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-28-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,709
Posted By penguin
Re: Trans Air units

I have that unit in the back of my bus and it does have an engine driven compressor. I had had thought about powering with AC/DC it until I found that out as well
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 02-21-2012, 09:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 861
Posted By penguin
Re: Bendix hydro vac

There is a company called Karp's Brake service in Upland that specializes in rebuilding cylinders. Their website is https://www.resleeve.com I have used them before. I shipped a power booster off a 65...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 08-03-2011, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 943
Posted By penguin
Re: Video and slideshow-creating software.

Windows has a program called "Photo Story" it works well, easy to use, and its free. I use it in my classroom for students to create there own videos from computer pics. You can add and crop photos,...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-28-2011, 11:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,503
Posted By penguin
Re: 1999 Chevy Escort FE Bus Conversion

You have had more luck communicating with El Dorado than I have. If you would could you email the electrical diagram .pdf's to swillner@sbcglobal.net

Thanks

Stephan Willner
"Penguin"
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-21-2011, 01:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,503
Posted By penguin
Re: 1999 Chevy Escort FE Bus Conversion

Bullwacker

I have a bus very similar to yours. Mine is a 1998 Escort FE that I bought 2 years ago. Mine is a former paratransit bus that had the wheelchair lift removed when I bought it. I bought...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 06-16-2011, 01:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By penguin
Re: Willie's Woodshop

I used software to create a floor plan, but old school sketches for my plans for the cabinets
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 06-16-2011, 01:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By penguin
Re: Willie's Woodshop

Focus for working in the bus is kids 5-14. All tools will be in compartments for storage and travel and only brought out for age appropriate groups. Very young kids 5-7 will focus on hand tools,...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 06-11-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By penguin
Willie's Woodshop

After having a fire in my classroom last year I decided I needed the ability to teach in a mobile setting, so I decided to build a woodshop inside of a bus. Talked to a lady in San Diego who has been...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-10-2011, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By penguin
Re: Getting roof A/C unit on top of the bus

If you have a equipment rental business near you, there is a tool called a genie lift which you can rent for about $50-$75 day. It is used to lift duct work, a/c units in buildings, but you might be...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 07-09-2010, 01:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,066
Posted By penguin
Re: Wanted: Source of leaf springs or spring work

There was a shop in Oakland called Mor-drop that would drop axles for hot rods and straighten and re-arch springs. I know a couple years ago he was looking to sell the business and retire, but it...
Forum: GM | Chevrolet Drivetrain 07-06-2010, 12:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,476
Posted By penguin
Re: 2000 Mini-Bird Shocks?

I have a 98 El Dorado Escort FE on a P30 chassis. There are rear shocks, but uses an airbag inside the coil springs on the front. When I checked the pressure in the airbag it was only 5psi when it...
Forum: On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates 01-09-2010, 02:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,390
Posted By penguin
Re: Independent filmmaker seeking busses with business

Manandtree

I am still in the planning stages, but already have signed clients to contracts for "Willie's Woodshop". I am going to install workbenches and tools to teach woodshop to kids ages 5-14...
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