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 Bus, Cleaning  Comments Off on Sick.
Sep 282010

Got hit with some kind of sick­ness.  Man­aged to take the pick­up of junk to the dump and sweep up the floor.  Wish I had been smart enough to wear the res­pi­ra­tor rather than get a case of black lung. 😛

Past that, the day fell apart, includ­ing the cam­era eat­ing images of the cleaned floor.  I feel like crap. x_x

Floor and Seats Removed

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Sep 272010

The floor and seats are removed.  With min­i­mal blood loss.  Urgh.  Got a full pick­up load of debris to take to the dump in the morn­ing.  Agen­da for tomor­row is cleanup, wire­brush­ing, and gen­er­al paint prep.

Great Weather

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Sep 262010

I com­plet­ed the clean out of the well­house today.  Weath­er report says the next 10 days have a 0% chance of rain, sun­ny, and high eight­ies.  Basi­cal­ly per­fect weath­er for here.

Looks like I will make some decent head­way on the bus.  All seats will be off loaded tomor­row.  We’ll see how it goes from there.

Wasps and Decals

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Sep 242010

Been a fun series of attacks on a clus­ter of yel­low jack­et nests.   Obvi­ous­ly by ‘fun’, I mean ‘angry’.  Think they are all dead now so I can carve out some stor­age for bus seats.

In oth­er news, I removed decals off the side of the bus.  Also a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of failed paint from a cou­ple pan­els.  No rust at all, just failed primer adhe­sion.  Some­one did some­thing very odd to those two pan­els at once point.  Regard­less, they were spray paint­ed for time being.

Purchased a welder.

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Sep 032010

Actu­al­ly pur­chased it a month and change ago, but I failed to post notice about it.  Excel­lent deal on it and a very sol­id unit but heavy as all hell.  Going to need to put in some new wiring this win­ter to run the thing.  Basi­cal­ly end up con­vert­ing the well­house into a weld­ing shop.  Thank­ful­ly it won’t run too much mon­ey to get that done.

All seats officiallly unbolted.

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Sep 032010

Spent a month up in Cana­da, but I am back now.  All seats are now offi­cial­ly unbolt­ed.  Have a lit­tle bit of a prob­lem now with fig­ur­ing out where I am going to store them.  Con­sid­er­ing build­ing a quick shed just for them.

Have some paper­work to do on the bus, but it requires me dri­ving it to a weight sta­tion… which ain’t going to hap­pen until I get in and fix the engine.  I believe the ther­mo­stat, radi­a­tor flu­id, oil, and oil fil­ter needs replac­ing, along with the o‑rings on the cylin­der sleeves.  Dur­ing that, I will be able to inspect the sleeves for dam­age and replace as necessary.

Out­side the bus, I need to remove the motor­ized (pneu­mat­ic?) stop sign and cross­ing guard arms.  Stick­ers need remov­ing as well as any­thing that does­n’t belong.  Then it gets a good pres­sure wash­ing and the whole thing is blocked off as need­ed and painted/detailed.  Going to hold off on the fan­cy roof coat until all the work is done.

Inter­nal, I need to store the seats and then rip up and dis­pose of the floor entire­ly.  Wall pan­els get opened up and stored for time being as well.  All insu­la­tion found at this time will be dis­posed of.  With the bare met­al exposed, I insure that all is struc­tural­ly sound, fix­ing what isn’t.  All steel gets wire brushed, pres­sure washed, treat­ed with rust remover, pres­sure washed again, primered, and paint­ed with two coats.  I will be hold­ing off on installing the new floor­ing until after struc­tur­al mod­i­fi­ca­tions and lay­out is done as it is like­ly to take some weld­ing on var­i­ous instal­la­tions of brack­ets.  None of this bolt-to-ply­wood nonsense.

Some­time dur­ing all that, I am like­ly to be doing the rewire job for the actu­al bus side of things.  I’m actu­al­ly look­ing for­ward to this part as the wiring box looks very well built despite its years of add-ons and fid­dling by mechan­ics.  Once cleaned up and doc­u­ment­ed, it is like­ly to stay more or less how it is.  All wiring is going to be installed in chan­nels and junc­tion box­es as the bus is to be insu­lat­ed after struc­tur­al mod­i­fi­ca­tions with ure­thane foam.  This should cut down on noise severe­ly.  Most like­ly to install fur­ther out­door safe­ty and cour­testy lights after I look into what exact­ly is legal, sug­gest­ed, and available.

While a rough idea of the floor­plan is fig­ured on, I am wait­ing on get­ting the seats out to real­ly get into that part.

Getting legal stuff settled, taxes.

 Bus, Legal  Comments Off on Getting legal stuff settled, taxes.
Jul 232010

At moment I’m get­ting things togeth­er to get title changed to motorhome, plates, tax­es, all that kind of thing.  More on that later.

Have the bus in hand.

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Jul 232010

I man­aged to get the bus home.  Not so fun severe­ly behind on sleep.  Any­hoo, basi­cal­ly turned out well.  The bus itself was indeed a 40′, 15 win­dow bus.  The MT643 trans­mis­sion was fresh­ly rebuilt in 2009.  The engine is a mechan­i­cal DT466, 1997 manufacture.

I’ve yet to prop­er­ly take a look at the engine, but it does have some issues that made them­selves known.  Only had 133k miles on it, so I’m hop­ing it is an o‑ring or headgas­ket that needs replace­ment rather than a rebuild kit to get it back up to 100%.  Runs well enough to dri­ve on for time being at least, though I have no inten­tion of dri­ving it until all’s well.  We’ll see how it goes, worst case I’m look­ing at $1100 so not too bad.

The bus itself is in EXCELLENT con­di­tion.  So far not a bit of rust or dam­age to be found.  The ply­wood floor has appar­ent­ly suf­fered dry rot (or some­thing), but the met­al under­neath it is pris­tine which is all that mat­tered to me.

All in all, I am extreme­ly sat­is­fied with the pur­chase and I high­ly rec­om­mend you send Lan­ny Ashcraft an email detail­ing the type of bus you’re look­ing for if you’re hav­ing trou­ble find­ing it.  Or even if you’re just look­ing for a bet­ter price.

On my way to pick up the bus.

 Bus  Comments Off on On my way to pick up the bus.
Jul 132010

Cashier’s Check, one way tags, and insur­ance all in hand.  One way tags will get me home and only run $5 ver­sus the stan­dard $25 tags.

GMAC is han­dling my insur­ance, got the most basic plan.  They, unlike oth­ers, had no prob­lems with school bus con­ver­sions.  We’ll see what hap­pens when it comes time to get some full coverage.

Jul 122010