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« on: November 08, 2006, 05:19:53 AM »

This may not be feasible but I thought I would make a suggestion. Could we have a separate board SOLELY for posting bus parts resources? I am continually looking for parts and sometimes have no idea where to find them. If we allowed only positive posts, (simply delete negative posts, no questions asked) we would not get into food fights over a bad experience. It should be searchable. That way if I would search for “transmission”, I would be sure to find either nothing at all, or a source to call to buy a transmission. I would not get results on how to install a transmission for problems with transmissions. "LED" woiuld get me a source for bulbs, not how to wire them. We could post sources for either used or new parts. How about it? Comments? Can this be done?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2006, 05:27:28 AM »

Wouldn't that be known as "THE YELLOW PAGES"?

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2006, 05:52:16 AM »

Hi Tom,

We allready have that on MAK home page.

Just click the banner above that says "Bus Conversions Magazine" and on the home page look for a tab that says 'LINKS"

Hope thas helps.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2006, 06:32:14 AM »

Explore this page that Nels Hagen put together also. Lots of good links there.
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http://www.busnuts.com/mega_links.htm
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2006, 06:43:03 AM »

This may not be feasible but I thought I would make a suggestion. Could we have a separate board SOLELY for posting bus parts resources? I am continually looking for parts and sometimes have no idea where to find them. If we allowed only positive posts, (simply delete negative posts, no questions asked) we would not get into food fights over a bad experience. It should be searchable. That way if I would search for “transmission”, I would be sure to find either nothing at all, or a source to call to buy a transmission. I would not get results on how to install a transmission for problems with transmissions. "LED" woiuld get me a source for bulbs, not how to wire them. We could post sources for either used or new parts. How about it? Comments? Can this be done?

Tom, the Keyword search funtionality is built in to the board, I do see problems with limiting the returns to exact matches, Without assigning exact keywords to be included in each posting,which means that the front end work is gonna be heavy ( Think Transmission-complete-Automatic Allison B-500R, Transmission-complete-Automatic-Allison B-500,  Transmission-complete-Manual-Fuller T-11605D)


Moderated Post approval would preclude any "Negative" posts, ensure the proper keywords and formatting,etc. but would also be a high tasking item.  From a sole board perspective, I could see a heirarchy for the classification also, but this would be a large task. FWIW & IMHO It might be more effort than its worth, Particularly finding all the resources to keep it current. (Front end Keyword creation, Post moderation, contact verification, hosting & administration, etc.)

Not to dissuade you, but Maybe Ace has something with his YELLOW PAGES, or if you are on the Computer anyway, Google and Google local might be useful. Or you can always do what i did when i used to have to do milstrip stuff and get out my little green notebook that i guarded with my life, and look at the notes I collected over the years. 

Don't want to bore you too much more but I would be happy to discuss this more, offline if you want...

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2006, 06:50:12 AM »

Hi Tom,

We allready have that on MAK home page.

Just click the banner above that says "Bus Conversions Magazine" and on the home page look for a tab that says 'LINKS"

Hope thas helps.

Nick-

Nick, How do yo go about adding a link, Is that a fee thing through MAK?  Just quick look and I immediately noticed 2 links I would have thought to be obvious, due to their almost daily reference on the BBS are not there, i.e. WRICO and U.S. Coach (Luke)  Oh Yeah, And not one mention of Sawyers either   Grin

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2006, 06:55:33 AM »

Over the past several years I have collected all kinds of links for about any subject matter you would want, including pages of links like I just posted from Nels Hagen. There are several hundred of these I believe. Might really be nice for a newbee.

I would be glad to post a copy of these favorites if someone wants them and if someone can advise me exactly how to copy them from my IE favorites and then post.
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Or maybe I could just post them in the Help board!







This may not be feasible but I thought I would make a suggestion. Could we have a separate board SOLELY for posting bus parts resources? I am continually looking for parts and sometimes have no idea where to find them. If we allowed only positive posts, (simply delete negative posts, no questions asked) we would not get into food fights over a bad experience. It should be searchable. That way if I would search for “transmission”, I would be sure to find either nothing at all, or a source to call to buy a transmission. I would not get results on how to install a transmission for problems with transmissions. "LED" woiuld get me a source for bulbs, not how to wire them. We could post sources for either used or new parts. How about it? Comments? Can this be done?
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2006, 07:09:08 AM »

I agree with oldmansax's idea for a separate board like the "spare tire" for recommended sources.  Ideally, it would be a user up-datable database like in Yahoo groups but it doesn't appear that Simple Machines supports that function.

I would also like to see recommended  campgrounds and mechanics done the same way.

If not a seperate forum, then a sticky topic like the bus pictures.

FWIW,

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2006, 07:12:31 AM »

Richard, If you are using IE, It is pretty simple to export your favorites to a file you can then email or post.

select File dropdown, select import/export and follow the prompts

HTH

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2006, 10:52:23 AM »

Hi Jim,

You are welcome to contact Mike or Dennis at MAK publishing to reccommend at supplier or link.

Here is the direct e-mail  editor@busconversions.com

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Hi Tom,

We allready have that on MAK home page.

Just click the banner above that says "Bus Conversions Magazine" and on the home page look for a tab that says 'LINKS"

Hope thas helps.

Nick-

Nick, How do yo go about adding a link, Is that a fee thing through MAK? Just quick look and I immediately noticed 2 links I would have thought to be obvious, due to their almost daily reference on the BBS are not there, i.e. WRICO and U.S. Coach (Luke) Oh Yeah, And not one mention of Sawyers either Grin

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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2006, 03:58:33 PM »

Tom,

Good Idea.

Even thought there is a links page, it really doesnt directly point out sources of bargains that we may have found. (we all want a deal. right!) Roll Eyes

I have found alot of obscure sites and vendors who sell misc items I need.

The problem as I see it is that MAK has vendors who pay for exposure and to highlight others, for free, who may be direct competitors of theres, well lets say, "not a

good idea".

But if you ask for sources for a given item, I am sure you will get plenty of responses.

Best of Luck


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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2006, 07:46:10 PM »

I guess I poorly stated my idea...or, it may be a poor idea!  Smiley

I know MAK has “links” pertaining to resources for busnuts. I assume they are paid ads for businesses.

I was thinking more along the line of resources that may or may not be commercial but are obscure or may not advertise at all. For example, I know a man in Virginia who has about 25 acres of old trucks. He doesn’t advertise, and he doesn’t actively “sell” parts. But, if you need a part, a fender, an old dashboard, or just to see how something was wired on a 50's or 60's White, Autocar, or Diamond Reo,, you can go down to see him and he may have what you need. He also may sell it to you. I also know a couple of local people who sell parts locally only but give pretty good deals on a few items.

I surmised some on this board may be aware of similar resources for buses. Maybe not.

I envisioned a typical post being something like:

SUBJECT: MCI junkyard

Several MC5 & MC7 buses being parted out. I bought windshield & baggage door. Not many mechanical parts left, mostly body parts. Phone:410-000-0000 located in Cambridge, Md. Talk to Leroy.
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I did know the posts would have to have keywords. I thought the “search” feature would just search plain text and return the results.

Maybe this would work & maybe not. Thanks for all the other resources listed. I will check them out.
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2006, 09:02:38 AM »

Sorry - I totall missed this thread.  TOOO much time working lately.

The MAK / (GoBusin) classifieds are almost ready to go live.

Below is a screenshot of the categories.  Seems to match what some of the good suggestions in this thread.  This won't be within the confines of Simple Machines Forum. 

A couple of the categories will be dropped from the screen below.

parts busses is one of the categories.

Hope this helps, Phil
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2006, 09:37:03 AM »

Phil,

 This will be a "For Fee" Classifieds?

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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2006, 10:09:02 AM »

  Look's good Phil, go for it.

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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2006, 10:15:42 AM »

Phil,

 This will be a "For Fee" Classifieds?

Jim

Yes Jim,

This will be paid classifieds.

We are going to keep the free "spare tire" section available over here on the  BBS for the under $50 items.  Tho', if someone really wants to, they can buy a classified.   Grin

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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2006, 10:16:49 AM »

Thanks for the encouragement Pete!  It shouldn't be long now!!!   Grin  Cheesy

Best Regards, Phil
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