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Bus Conversion: Tearing down the house (Part 1 – The walls of tribulation)

Bus Conversion: Tearing down the house (Part 1 - The walls of tribulation) Before you can make something beautiful, you really need a blank canvas for which to work your magic on. I mean sure you can put lipstick on a pig, but is it beautiful? Most people would say probably not. For a serious bus conversion, and I do mean serious, this means ripping out the insides of the bus. This ripping would typically include seats, walls, insulation and flooring. In part 1 of tearing down the house, we are just going to cover the walls and insulation. No need to [...]

Bus Conversion: Tearing down the house (Part 1 – The walls of tribulation)2018-05-08T08:55:54-06:00

Bus Conversion: Remove the really cold dual A/C systems

Why on earth would one remove two - yes, two - very cold, very working, custom A/C units from a bus that one also plans to live in? The answer is very simple, and two part. They took up too much room, as we have a very small bus. And, they are only useful when the bus is running. We will be using something else to keep ourselves cool, and intend to follow the weather as best we can while traveling. I didn't actually get any good picture of the systems while they were on the bus, but this is where the [...]

Bus Conversion: Remove the really cold dual A/C systems2017-04-15T09:49:33-06:00

Bus Conversion: Make engine’s presence less known inside

This one was a quicky that went way better than I expected, though I haven't really tested to see if there is any actual improvement. The situation: the engine on this bus sits further back, pretty much in the cab of the bus. This provides some benefits, such as visibility improvements and a unique look. The problem: this bad boy is loud and hot. The solution (not really a complete solution): replace the sound/thermal lining on the interior of the access cover in the cab. From this: To this: To this: To cover this: Using this: http://amzn.to/2p22C5z I was surprised how easy it [...]

Bus Conversion: Make engine’s presence less known inside2017-04-19T11:14:00-06:00

Bus Conversion: Replace rusty old fuel sender unit

About 100 miles into my first ride in the bus, I realized the gas gauge hadn't moved. For the next 2200 miles or so I just guessed as to how much gas I had, which didn't always work. (See 2000 Mile Shakedown) The first hunch is always that the fuel tank sender unit isn't working. After some poor multimeter testing and some weird behavior from the dash I incorrectly determined the issue was with the fuel gauge itself. 90% percent sure now that it was indeed the sender unit. Fortunately for me, some previous owner had cut an access panel to the [...]

Bus Conversion: Replace rusty old fuel sender unit2017-04-15T09:49:50-06:00

Bus Conversion: Make the instrument panel work more than 50% of the time

About 3 miles after I finalized the purchase of the bus and drove away from the seller I noticed something funny, and further more, something that was not disclosed at the time of the sale. Sometimes the dash just stops working completely! No wonder it had "low miles". Right now it says it has around 60,000 miles. No telling what it really has. The initial suspect was a bad ground or short somewhere, as the problem was intermittent and exacerbated by shaking. After much trial and error and some help from the forums, it was determined that it was likely that there [...]

Bus Conversion: Make the instrument panel work more than 50% of the time2017-04-15T09:49:56-06:00

2000 Mile Shakedown

Hey folks, it's me Vicaribus. I'm gonna let my driver, Nick, handle this update for me. I have much more important bus things to do... It started in Daytona, Florida. It ended in Denver, Colorado. The ol' D to D shakedown, as they call it. To be quite honest, this wasn't really as much of a planned shakedown, as it was a necessary maneuver to get the bus from where it was purchased to where it was going to be converted. However, the change of location did provide quite the shakedown. Want to know how it went? Probably about how you would [...]

2000 Mile Shakedown2017-04-15T09:50:02-06:00

The Beginning of a New Journey (and a little history too)

Life is full of choices, and making choices is the only true freedom we have. Sometimes, however, life just happens without us having any say in the matter. It may not seem obvious, but we have a choice in these happenings as well... the choice to decide how we react! And oh boy, oh boy, oh boy has life come at me with some changes in 2017! And you know what!? I for one am freaking thrilled! Let me give you a little back story to lead up to what's happening now. I no longer remember exactly how I started off life. Sad? I [...]

The Beginning of a New Journey (and a little history too)2018-05-08T09:00:22-06:00