1935 Chevy school bus

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Re: 1935 Chevy school bus

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Geez....fun times at the tire shop! I cringe every time!

Can hardly wait to get to work on the front two wheels on my bus. I bought some replacement Dayton wheels so I can use 22.5" tires, but the old ones are split rims and I really don't want that excitement. I think I will just loosen everything up, stand way to the side with a long bar, and try to pry them off. Should go approximately straight out from the side of the bus and since there will be a 10 acre field for it to fly at, I am hoping to avoid major impact issues.
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Hello All.
We finally got tired of lighting the stove burners on the Magic Chef stove with a match or a spark wand. The matches are scary and wifey's hands aren't strong to make the spark lighter work which results in a BIG whoosh when she finally does. My hands are too strong and I keep snapping off the business end of the lighter--luckily I had a can of bondo and found a pop top for a repair or our meals would have been cold on the last camp out.

That said, I scouted the Depot and Lowe's BBQ section to see how their BBQs electric lighters worked and pieced together a spark generator and a pack of igniters on ebay. The total cost was less than twenty bucks and my MacGyvered system lights with a snap!
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Thanks for this update! It never occurred to me that you could retrofit a piezio ignition system to a stove.
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That is pretty cool!
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Actually I didn't use a piezio igniter but rather an electronic igniter which uses a battery to charge up (and discharge) a small coil to produce the spark. The one I used can fire 6 electrodes simultaneously and having only used 5 I thought I might use the sixth as a deterrent on the entry door. Ha.
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Interesting, I didn't realize that there were electric igniters, that were not piezio.
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Re: 1935 Chevy school bus

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Hello All.
As usual I’m stuck in the 30’s. This time however it’s the 1830’s.

I had become enamored of the pneumatic parallelogram plug bus door mechanism often found on shuttle buses and adapted one for use on my bus. The mechanism opens by pushing the door out a couple of inches and then sliding it back along the side of the bus. Quite a space saving device. When the door is closed it is securely locked in place—as long as there is air pressure in the tank. Unfortunately, eventually the pressure leaks down and the door loses its lock and can easily be pulled open. Until just now I have been dropping a metal rod through the lowest stair tread to mechanically lock the door by jamming the track bar.

As I’ve grown older it has become increasingly less fun to stand on my head in the stairway while trying to position or retrieve the locking rod. I tried various lock designs and finally settled on a bell crank and power door lock actuator.

Here’s where the 1830’s comes in. While we all can think of many applications of the bell crank I began to wonder where the term came from. Credit for the term seems to go back to the Elizabethan Era (1837-1901 Queen E l). It was a device which routed a rope pull from one room to another to effect the ringing of a bell somewhere else in the building. For example, the master of the house could suman a servant from the servant’s quarters by simply tugging a rope. Varying bell tones signified different locations. Thanks to the bell crank I made up I can now suman my door lock with my key fob or with a momentary switch inside the bus. No more standing on my head! Jack

As usual I’m stuck in the 30’s. This time however it’s the 1830’s.

I had become enamored of the pneumatic parallelogram plug bus door mechanism often found on shuttle buses and adapted one for use on my bus. The mechanism opens by pushing the door out a couple of inches and then sliding it back along the side of the bus. Quite a space saving device. When the door is closed it is securely locked in place—as long as there is air pressure in the tank. Unfortunately, eventually the pressure leaks down and the door loses its lock and can easily be pulled open. Until just now I have been dropping a metal rod through the lowest stair tread to mechanically lock the door by jamming the track bar.

As I’ve grown older it has become increasingly less fun to stand on my head in the stairway while trying to position or retrieve the locking rod. I tried various lock designs and finally settled on a bell crank and power door lock actuator.

Here’s where the 1830’s comes in. While we all can think of many applications of the bell crank I began to wonder where the term came from. Credit for the term seems to go back to the Elizabethan Era (1837-1901 Queen E l). It was a device which routed a rope pull from one room to another to effect the ringing of a bell somewhere else in the building. For example, the master of the house could suman a servant from the servant’s quarters by simply tugging a rope. Varying bell tones signified different locations. Thanks to the bell crank I made up I can now suman my door lock with my key fob or with a momentary switch inside the bus. No more standing on my head! Jack

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Door in unlocked position.

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Door in locked position.

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