Justin McCormickComment

EPISODE 9 - Flood Lights & Windows

Justin McCormickComment
EPISODE 9 - Flood Lights & Windows

Ever since buying the bus the wiring has intimidated me. The electrical panel was a confusing mess of tangled colors leading off into mysterious directions I took my time, tracing wires, studying electrical diagrams, and watching YouTube videos.

And very slowly things began to make more sense. My first test was to rewire the flasher lights into separate circuits and replace the bulbs with LED flood lights.

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I managed to figure out how to successful rewire the flashers and in the process gained lots of knowledge and confidence with the bus wiring. The new LED lights work well and are incredibly bright. I used Nilight 18W LED Spot Led Off Road Driving Lights to replace the bulbs, and clear lenses I purchased from Midwest Bus parts.

A simpler task was covering some of the windows in the bus. There is a small handful of windows that we will not need and was better covered. The best way to do this step is to reskin the entire outside with sheet metal, but I cut a little corner here to save money and only reskinned the window panels. The only real difference is in appearance, and not functionality or durability.

I recycled the window frames and the metal celling panels. I used 3M 08237 Black Semi-Rigid Parts Repair on the outside that I sanded and painted for a seamless look and weather protection. On the inside of the panels (and the rest of the windows) I used Black Sikaflex 221 Sealant.

Justin McCormick grew up in the Yukon Territories in a cabin on Nisutlin Bay. Being surrounded by the majestic and harsh wilderness of the north, he developed a passion for canoeing, hiking, mountain climbing and skiing. He currently resides in Texas and is trying to impart his passion for the outdoors to his four children.