10/29/2008 02:23 PM
Limo Bus 6538
1-23-08 to 3-08-08
Last skins to go on this morning
Temp after road test is perfect, between 170 and 190 degrees .
We noticed the hot exhaust was closer then we felt it should be to the water
return to the engine,
so we wrapped it with muffler heat protector cloth . .
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Vanner Battery equalizer
Battery equalizer, permits 12Volts, i.e. LED lighting, headlights, marker
lights, brakes lights, turn signals etc.
and other accessories to run off both batteries at the same time so as
not to hurt one battery with a huge 12 volt drain.
Bad circuit in charging system,..found Voltage regulator bad ...removed and
Checked out heater blower, ..greased and serviced
Inspection panels to access the new upper tail lights
Removed serviced and replaced windshield wiper motors
Added rear bumper tips
Repaierd damged door
Installed stainless steel rear license plate panel with light
Almost all the decorative trim installed, one last piece beside door left .
All wheels painted several coats of heavy enamel.
Back wall finally painted
After our discussion on 24Volt light bulbs we converted all light bulbs on
outside to 12Volt
Not cleaned up yet
New modern MCI "E" model Front end installed
Mirror mounts installed
Low beam light test ,...High Beam light test
Radiator screen installed
Left turn signal corner installed
Painted tires over the week end . added final coat today
Cleaned lug nuts
Painted upper windshield and added more insulation
Engine almost ready to install
Engine compartment had some bad wiring but we taking care of it .
Painting chassis .
Painting engine parts to look better
Trim starting to be installed
Note the upper and lower trim
Installing entrance door
Rear turn Signals
Install Wiring front cap and marker lights.
Flooring almost done ..now working on ceiling
Cleaned and painted full bay
Salon Door stripped and
prepped to be installed
Older Ribbed luggage bay doors removed,
preparing to install flat skin doors
Cleaning luggage Bay
Old Brake signal switch
had to remove and replace alternator with a new Delco DN50
Because the new one was a belt driven unit we had to swap heads from the old
Now we are replacing the Brake light applicator switches .
Dare I say the word ...Don _ !!!!
The existing alternator was working perfectly with the newly installed
regulator at 28 volts ...then 22,18,12volt to nothing ..
We need to replace it with a new one tomorrow
Note, the air cleaner can has to be removed first.
At that time we will paint the newly made mounting straps .
Inspection panel to service new front headlight on right side
Another inspection panel onl eft of stairway
Reinstalled engine air cleaner canister .
Painted lower door lock on engine door
We almost had to take the fuel tank out today but we cleared the line .. we
had a clogged fuel line and the engine wasn't getting the proper amount of
fuel . But she's purring like a kitten now ...
This is the front Junction electrical box door commonly called the front "J"
It's finishing it's new skin too
Temporary seats installed for the drivers .
1 used newly rebuilt engine air compressor
LED Tail light adapters coming in
Last door to install
12 Volt lights
Right turn signal corner and rear bumper installed
Correcting any poor quality wiring in rear Junction Box
Wiring is actually in very good condition except where it was exposed for
over 20 years.
This is where we corrected the wiring .
Cleaning front windshields to paint top of glass
Top of windshield glass covered like all other charter buses >
Needed to build access to lights into Stairway
Wiring almost done , now we can Insulate ceiling so we can finish plywood
More doors and skins added
Battery wiring checked and in good operable condition .
New front end on counter so we can assemble all the components
Head Lights going on...
Headlights now in.... .
New flat skin door with new door hardware almost on
24v-12v adapter to run the LED lights
Tag light mount
Made a custom brakest for the muffler
After installing new brakes we cleaned and painted inside fender wells .
Entrance door & skins
Left front service door
Right fuel Door
Side engine door
Front window trim
Battery door getting new skins
New Door lock
Lights on dash board are on, this is a good sign ..
Engine is installed, now working on plumbing and wiring ..
....and more wiring ...
Installing wiring for new headlights.
Air filter can
Brand New part out of mold
Front cleaned and prepped to install new front breast cover .
Checking dash circuitry, lighting and adding fuel guage
Adding new wiring for new style headlights and turn signals .
Added new wiring
Installing aluminum band beneath radiator door
Left rear turn signal corner clip
Right rear turn signal corner clip
Assembling Engine -Transmission, Gear driven Alternator, Power
steering, Air Compressor back together.
280 amp alternator
Rear cap being sized and trimmed to fit
More work on fenders
Front Cap being sized and trimmed to fit
Work that has not been visible is the engine preparation from older
engine to the newer model engine in prep shop .
Rear fender, right rear upper skin, front fender
Rear taillights, Testing for size or sizing
Heated panels and installed window blank out skins
Aluminum sides started
Installed squared ceiling, floor and more brake work .
Brakes needed to be gone
through and greased
Prepping for new
replacing bad brakes
Adding more insulation.
Right Rear Brake check
Left front brake check
Right Front brake check
New double layer double foil insulation l
Cleaning and prepping to reinstall new engine
Checking brakes out ..
Welding reinforcement to non window openings
Left and right fenders installed
Prepping to clean and paint
Cleaned and painted luggage
Engine pulled out with
Cleaning up old engine compartment
Rear cap, frame steel ready to
install rear cap
Preparing to remove old engine to install new Detroit Engine
Old air filter will be reconditioned and replaced.
Reconditioned salon door about to be installed
New fenders installed
Parts laid out
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