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Old 03-06-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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Feeling discouraged

I own a 1986 Blue Bird All American bus. It has a 427 gasoline engine. I'm not sure about the transmission. I am not mechanically or construction inclined. So having said that I am at a loss as to how to get the ceiling panels out. I have tried 2 different hammers, different chisels, and an angle grinder. After 9 hours I have managed to only get one ceiling panel out.
So what am I doing wrong? This can't be right.
I don't have the option of giving up so I need to figure this out.
Thank you in advance for any advice. I am not rolling in money so keep that in mind as well.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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It took me probably twenty hours or so to get all mine out. With help.
Just play through the pain, Sheila. It takes a ton of determination and will to see a project like this through. I'm BROKE... and building as I can. You're doing the right thing getting that stuff out though. Stay positive, play some music, and crack open a beer or two to get you by.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:48 PM   #3
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It took me probably twenty hours or so to get all mine out. With help.
Just play through the pain, Sheila. It takes a ton of determination and will to see a project like this through.
We're here for ya.
20 hours? I feel better. I have read where people have taken the walls and ceiling out in one day and I think how in the world did they do that?
I am doing this by myself so that complicates things and slows me down a lot. Thank you for the encouragement, I appreciate it!
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:55 PM   #4
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Sheila,

It took me about two MONTHS of working in the Texas heat with FOUR teenagers (my son and three of his loyal friends) to get our bus stripped out. Even now we're not completely stripped out of electrical wire and other little details.

Just keep at it and with time and patience, you'll get there.

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Depends on the bus, and other factors. But with SERIOUS effort and friends helping out it took us at least a few weekends of frustration to get all the seats, ceilings, flooring, and side panels out. It was BRUTAL.
I don't regret any of it though. It had to be done, and the bus will totally be more livable as a result.
Some folks interiors are only held in with screws and a few rivets. Mine had a rivet every 3/4 inch or so. Must have been in the thousands.
Then there was the tar/asphalt goo... THat took the longest. The upcoming (STILL) roof raise sounds like a breeze after all I've been through thus far.
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Depends on the bus, and other factors. But with SERIOUS effort and friends helping out it took us at least a few weekends of frustration to get all the seats, ceilings, flooring, and side panels out. It was BRUTAL.
I don't regret any of it though. It had to be done, and the bus will totally be more livable as a result.
Some folks interiors are only held in with screws and a few rivets. Mine had a rivet every 3/4 inch or so. Must have been in the thousands.
Then there was the tar/asphalt goo... THat took the longest. The upcoming (STILL) roof raise sounds like a breeze after all I've been through thus far.
There are 550 rivets. 10 rows with 55 rivets in each panel. I keep telling myself to remember the end product
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:01 PM   #7
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Sheila,

It took me about two MONTHS of working in the Texas heat with FOUR teenagers (my son and three of his loyal friends) to get our bus stripped out. Even now we're not completely stripped out of electrical wire and other little details.

Just keep at it and with time and patience, you'll get there.

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I don't know how you did it in the heat. I live in Florida and I didn't set foot in there from May to September. Way too HOT!
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Sheila, where at in FL??
I'm in Eustis, we could come help out some time soon if you'd like.
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Sheila, where at in FL??
I'm in Eustis, we could come help out some time soon if you'd like.
I'm in Crystal River/Dunnellon. I live in CR but my bus is at my mom's property in Dunnellon. OMG that would be amazing! That just brought tears to my eyes. The idea of someone being able to give me some guidance as to what I am doing would be a game changer for me. You wouldn't even have to do any work, just showing me what to do would be invaluable.
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Well, I'm pretty much available any time.
I don't mind actually helping, too.
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