Whew. A few posts since I was last online. heh.
Mike... Yeah, I'm still pretty drained. My back and neck have been causing me a serious bit of pain lately, but it'll pass in time. As for rest... I've had quite a lot, but honestly... I could stay asleep for two days straight and still wake up tired and drained. This whole situation just wears a person down, ya know?
John... The bus is a 1970 GMC PD-4905 #030. I'm not sure if the windows between the 4107 and 4905 are the same as far as the "D"'s... But I need both sets. Once I get the bus roadable again (not necessarily converted, just able to drive it legally again, windows and lights put in, etc...), then I'll probably head out to North Cali. A friend there has offered a place to stay and says there's ample work that I can do. So I'm seriously considering that as an option once the bus is ready to roll again.
As for the other windows... I'll take anything I can get right now. I'm sure I can adapt a lot of things to work... I'm not picky. Anything done now that I don't like later on can just be redone... It's not a big deal. After all, we're all about adapting to our particular environment as a community, aren't we?
Also, check into what it would cost to get them shipped to me.. I might be able to find a way to swing it.
I like Dobies... But I have to admit, I love the German Shepherds personally... Dobies provoke a fear response to many people, but a large German Shepherd... Well, that provoked everyone.
All the time I've had Shepherds, we've never had a break in... Everyone knows we have them and the Dobies, so no one dares try! ^.^ And, for the purebreds (which Coco is), their reputation is well justified. Coco comes from a long line of police dogs in Australia... Her grandfather was supposedly named top police dog on the force several years in a row, and her father was just absolutely MASSIVE. I've honestly never seen a German Shepherd as big as him.. He was docile, Coco's mother was high strung... Coco inherited the high strung attributes as well as aggressive tendencies. She's loyal to the end and highly protective... I need to get her trained though, I just haven't had the time or energy lately to work with her. Hopefully that'll change soon.
Yes, the windshields were ordered. I'm waiting for them to arrive still. It's now too hot to work with the bus at all for me, so I'll have to just wait until cooler weather moves in... Probably September or so now. So I've got plenty of time to think about what I'll be doing next.
I did start cleanup on the bus and what I've cleaned turned out pretty good. I'm definitely going to have to do some rewiring and replace the dash cluster entirely. I can probably salvage the steering wheel, but it's going to take a lot of work. I'll probably strip the plastic off it and make a wooden handle surface with a leather wrap on it... It got quite hot in the sun, so that'll keep it cool to the touch after it's done.
Also, after inspecting things a bit further, I've found that the front A/C unit is totally trashed. The internal plastic fans melted. However, the rear two units seem intact and the fans spin freely. I will, however, require new bottom control units, as they did melt.... I can probably find them on eBay fairly cheap, but those aren't a priority right now... Not much on the bus is a priority right now... As I said, it's simply too hot here for me to work on it.
I also need to come up with a smaller gennie to run my power tools on. I ran out of fuel on the big one (which was way overkill to be running small powertools on to begin with), and have no way to refill the tank for it... Don't really want to with the price of fuel right now. It'll run for probably 4 days on a full tank non-stop. My dad thinks he can get one from work to use for what I need it for.. It's an older unit that isn't working efficiently any longer, but I think I can fix what's wrong with it with a few tweaks to the governor.