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Old Pictures

I thought I would post a couple of pictures showing what our bus looked like when the Dixie Echoes had it and also what it looked like when I bought it. Also included is what it looks like now

 

DixieEchoes

This what it looked like when the Dixie Echoes owned it. They purchased it new in 1968.

Purchase Pic

The picture is not the best as it was scanned from my purchase page on eBay back in 2003.

BCM Albany TX 009

This is pretty much what it looks like today. A few things are different, removed the satellite dome and changed the front grill to original. This was taken in Albany, TX in front of the county courthouse.

I hope the next transformation will bring a better, more appropriate look.

 

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Air Bag Installation

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Sat May 04, 2013 7:39 am

 

I installed a set of air bag frames to help support the bus over the rear axle. I tested it at 40 psi on a 300 mile trip and could not believe how much better the old gal rides. They are tied to a simple regulator for now. I do plan to install separate valves for leveling at a later date. One side is a little higher than the other, which is the way it was before I tackled this job.

Next project is to add a gauge to my hydraulic jack so I can set up the suspension properly.

It raised the rear of the coach approximately 2 “, which was my goal.

I’m sure there is a better way to do this project, it’s just my way of what I did.

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Per Lux Fog Lamps

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:48 pm

 

Thanks Y’all! ;)

Another shot showing some Per Lux 36A Fog Lights I installed today. I found these on eBay for an unbelievable price! :shock: I had thought about cutting holes in the bumper, then thought about it again and decided to mount them in front. I just hated to cut it.

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Original Front Grill Installed

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:39 pm

 

Most of you remember what the front grill looked like along with the rectangle headlights. It really has grated on me over the years. While we were in Texas and visiting Al Moreno, he knew of a guy that had an 01. We drove over and talked the owner into selling me the grill, corners and headlights. Well I finally got it all installed! 8-) We won’t be winning any awards for points at any concours d’elegance shows, but it sure looks better to me! ;)

Now to cut in some holes for the Per Lux fog lights I got!

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Engine Fireup

 

 

Re: Dreamscape 1968 Eagle 01-First Test Run

 

Postby Dreamscape » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:07 pm

 

Well now, Life is Great! 8-)

This is a short video of the first test run of the new motor. Everything went better than I expected. It turned over about 5 times then lit up. Great oil pressure and best part of all, no smoke or leaks!

Transmission shifted into reverse, neutral and drive. Had to fill the pumps. Will do a cold/hot check later. It wanted to move. I had my foot on the brake and shifted back and forth. It was trying to move it the correct direction. Yeah!

Click on pic for short video.

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New Driveline

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:49 pm

 

The last piece of this project. I hope to fire it up tomorrow if it’s not raining! :o

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Almost There

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:31 pm

 

No room for the old muffler’s. Went with straight pipe instead. I’ll post a video when I fire it up. Waiting on the last part of this project, the drive line. Potter Webster is making a complete new one. My old one was not rebuild-able, and I’m not taking any chances.

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Adding Oil

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:26 pm

 

:D 8-)

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Getting Closer

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:12 am

 

I’m so close to putting some fire to the ole gal I can smell it!

A couple of things to do. Now that I’ve figured out where to mount the engine oil filter. The old drive line was not in very good shape. A few cracks on the flanges and not so round mounting holes. I’ve collected some parts to build a new one then I’ll take it to Potter Webster to have them shorten and balance it.

I filled the system up with water to check for leaks. Will run it that way for a couple of hundred miles to make sure there are no internal problems, then I’ll add antifreeze.

Hopefully I can fire it up next weekend! ;)

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After I’m satisfied with the project I’ll start on the power steering, then install our new to us 01 grill assembly and some new paint! Whew!

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Air Intake

 

 

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Postby Dreamscape » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:21 pm

 

Got the Air Horn and intake finished!

This shows how much offset it is. Glad the corrugated flex pipe came with the engine, it came in handy.

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