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 on: May 23, 2017, 07:07:47 AM 
Started by bevans6 - Last post by luvrbus
Brian, send me a PM on this board with your sisters address I need to get the after cooler to you before it gets lost or thrown away.The Canadian shipping is just to damn expensive   

 on: May 23, 2017, 07:07:25 AM 
Started by Bobi - Last post by Geoff
"Infrastructure" is generally streets, bridges, and underground utilities.  I've never heard it used for bus conversions​.  Anyway, installing the basic systems can vary in cost depending on the materials used.  I used boat wiring which costs more than house wiring.  Some people want conduit pipe which is more labor intensive.  Pex water lines cost more than PVC, sewer hose costs more than ABS piping and fittings.  I never kept track of my expenses or time spent installing the basics, but I can add that you need a floor plan of some sort to start as well as making a decision on where to put the tanks and wiring center. 

Since the bus you are considering already has been converted, you may be limited to the existing floor plan or some redo's.


 on: May 23, 2017, 06:51:15 AM 
Started by bevans6 - Last post by bevans6
Kyle, it only looks uphill because it's north on the map.  In actuality Nova Scotia is downhill from your neck of the woods.  On average.  There is a nice hilly stretch through Maine to the Canada border at St Stephens.

I hope to be back in the shop this afternoon or tomorrow - painting the den today, wife's orders prevail.  I'll post some pictures, an update, and probably someone will say "I've got the exact MCI official parts you need to do this right, where do you want me to mail them.  No charge for a fellow bus nut!"


 on: May 23, 2017, 06:32:31 AM 
Started by jav9956 - Last post by Geoff
Bjorn -

It's my guess that those are transformers to power the 24vdc fluorescent in-station lighting that's wired separately from the normal coach interior lamps.

FWIW & HTH. . .


. That sounds reasonable, but there has to be smaller 24v converters like the 120v to 12v ones travel trailers use.


 on: May 23, 2017, 06:25:19 AM 
Started by Lee Bradley - Last post by Oonrahnjay

      Yeah, those Van Hools look pretty good.   I call them "sesquideckers" since a lot of the rear of the lower deck is taken up with storage, utility compartments, engine room, etc. but -- if one were making a bus conversion with one -- it's likely that some of that could be opened out and used for living area or used like bays are on conventional single-decker buses.

 on: May 23, 2017, 06:17:23 AM 
Started by Lee Bradley - Last post by Oonrahnjay
  Per the specs the owner mentioned in the video, this Neoplan is 12m (39' 4") long x 2.5m (8' 2") wide x 4m (13' 1.5") tall.

FWIW & HTH. . .


     I'm thinkin that there's a language barrierre here.  My bus is 13'6" and it has low ground clearance between frame and the ground, not much "wasted space" between decks, etc. and -- as I'm 6' tall -- I just barely have full stand-up room on both levels; on a Bad Hair Day, I'm brushin the overhead puck lights.  It's comfortable, but just barely.  He seems to have good interior clearance, but it's not likely that his overall height is *really* 13' 1".
     PS - the dimensions that I mentioned are my dimensions, Britain had only recently done away with a 30' long maximum length for buses when my bus was built.

 on: May 23, 2017, 05:56:58 AM 
Started by Lee Bradley - Last post by chessie4905

Daily run

 on: May 23, 2017, 05:56:17 AM 
Started by Archer - Last post by Oonrahnjay
... Any suggestions on starting one up after sitting for a decade and a half? I anticipate a day or two of poking around, changing oil, surveying tires, checking fuel for water, replacing batteries and the like....

    You are SO much better off than most of us since you know these engines.  And you'll know how to be sure that injectors and "the rack" are free to move full range, go back to idle, and respond correctly (biggest problem is being stuck and "gummed up" by old fuel during long storage).
    No matter how good you are with an engine, you don't want to start out by having a runaway on your first day. 
    Good luck from North Carolina.

 on: May 23, 2017, 04:49:33 AM 
Started by Bobi - Last post by Nel
Good Luck, the handier you are as an diesel mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician,hvac,general contractor, etc. the less it will cost you.

PS  buy a real nice tool box.

 on: May 23, 2017, 03:31:42 AM 
Started by Bobi - Last post by Jon
I keep thinking if you had to ask that question you aren't ready for the shock of what it costs to own and maintain a completed conversion, much less the cost of materials and time to convert one.

Fuel, insurance, repairs, tires, batteries, routine maintenance, etc can be breathtaking.

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