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I posted a link to my project pages in the Eagle Tech Forum because it contains some technical information that might be of interest to folks.

I thought I would also post it in this forum since it describes what doing a conversion might entail. The project pages start at: http://www.rvsafetysystems.com/busproject.htm

Our Eagle is very "plane Jane" and is not fancy by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is fully functional. I used premium components (Wrico Generator, Trace inverter, AquaHot, etc). We also used premium house type appliances (fridge with ice cube dispenser, washer, dryer, etc)

The interior has quite a bit of finish work to go. We keep upgrading the living area, but, there is a bunch more work to go.

We bought the bus in 2000 and it made it's maiden voyage in March of 2006. As of this writing (10/14/2008) we have driven the bus over 47K miles (without any major problems) and have stayed in the bus 264 nights!

For not being fancy, we sure have fun and we feel very COZY in our home away from home.

Jim
Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission - not at all fancy, but fully functional
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net (Please email me rather than use the PM process)
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Jim,

I don't know how I have missed the wealth of info you have on your site, and you sell fire suppression too......... :D It will take me days upon days to get through it all... I love it... :o And you gotta great bus to boot. I'll have to really dig in there and see just what all I can learn there. Thanks for sharing so much info.........



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While the project pages I posted in the first post describe my project in some detail, I thought I should post before and after Photos:

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This was a photo taken 12/19/2000 just after I parked it in front of the shop. I had driven it from the Dallas area almost non stop. Yes, that is snow in the picture. This was a Huston Metro bus and they painted the aluminum ship lap siding :( .

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This photo was taken in October of 2006. I have made some exterior changes since this photo was taken, but most would not be noticeable to the casual observer.

The bus made its maiden voyage in March of 2006 and since that time we traveled just a bit less than 48K miles and spent 270 nights in it (as of 11/1/08).

As I said in the first post, it is pretty "plain Jane" but we sure do enjoy our time in it. Even though it is not fancy, we still get a few thumbs up as we travel. I think folks really enjoy the classic Eagle look.

Jim
Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission - not at all fancy, but fully functional
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net (Please email me rather than use the PM process)
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Hi Jim,

Sure does look better now the paint on the lower half is removed! :D

Thanks for sharing, will look forward to more pics and descriptions.

I do check your site, but doing it here is a neat way to show off your project.
Becky & Paul Lawry
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I just got home from the DMV and I now have classic plates for the old girl :D :D :D

That means that I no longer have to pay $119 per year for a dyno emission test. There are no restrictions on usage in Colorado.

You do have to buy 5 years worth of license, but that was only $607.

Jim
Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission - not at all fancy, but fully functional
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net (Please email me rather than use the PM process)
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Good job Jim, now all you have to do is get AARP for it too! :lol:

~Paul~
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Jim-

Tell me more about the emission test you need for Colorado. . .I probably shouldn't talk so loud, but I'm surprised we don't have it here in California yet. I'd be interested in the high-side of their tolerable emission limits and the remedy if you don't pass. Also, how often do you have to test?

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Hi Art. I sorry about not answering your question as quickly as I had hoped. I have been spending quite a bit of time getting to and reviewing the Colorado regulation:

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT Air Quality Control Commission

REGULATION NO. 12 REDUCTION OF DIESEL VEHICLE EMISSIONS
5 CCR 1001-15

As a reference, you can download the regulation at:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/regulation ... ssions.pdf

I will start another thread later today or tomorrow to talk about this emission testing program.

Jim
Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission - not at all fancy, but fully functional
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net (Please email me rather than use the PM process)
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Nice Bus Jim,

i like the Windows on your Bus, how dos the Inside looking?
I would like the windows in too, one day i will have a nice view out of Place 29 (there get the Toilet locatet) :D

Your VMSpc looks nice, over this i will have millions Question.

Pesche
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Pesche, I installed four RV windows in place of the Eagle Windows (two in front and two at the rear). I had the four windows made to fit in the Eagle opening.

I left the other Eagle windows in place, partly because it was easy and partly because I am still playing a bit with the interior layout.

Some of the Eagle windows (double pane) are cloudy and I would love to get a couple more RV windows and eliminate the old Eagle windows, but that will not happen for a while.

Jim
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Evergreen, CO
'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission - not at all fancy, but fully functional
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net (Please email me rather than use the PM process)
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