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Old 07-22-2012, 10:06 PM   #31
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Re: 1998 5.9 BlueBird Flat Nosed Conversion

You know, I had pryed up the plywood, swept up the debris, pounded out all the left over nail shanks, prepped then primered the floor. The next day was warm so I put on a pair of shorts. Crawling around on the floor, doing import bus stuff, my right knee cap found a nail shank. There was a big rip in the old epidermis. The bus gods once again extracted their sacrifice. Blood--my blood, again.

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Old 07-23-2012, 11:13 AM   #32
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Bloody good story...
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:46 AM   #33
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i have experienced this as well
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:32 PM   #34
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Re: 1998 5.9 BlueBird Flat Nosed Conversion

Got 8' of the floor ripped out to the metal today.

It was rubber, then plywood, then more rubber before I got to the metal.





Water was apparently coming in the hole in the floor for the fuel filler neck and creating mold in the back, but good news is there is no rust. The floor looks like it is galvanized or something.

So, what do you think would be the best way to lay the new floor? I'm thinking of sealing all the bolt/screw holes with automotive seam sealer, then a coat of TremClad, then plywood, then laminate underlay (the thick stuff you use over concrete in the basement - It has a built in vapor barrier), then laminate flooring.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #35
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Re: 1998 5.9 BlueBird Flat Nosed Conversion

it looks like a fun project!

It'll pull your trailer with the buggy on it and you will barely know it's there.

Air or hydro brakes?
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:46 PM   #36
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it looks like a fun project!

It'll pull your trailer with the buggy on it and you will barely know it's there.

Air or hydro brakes?
Hydro Boost - With an electric assist - I know air is supposed to be the cat's ass but I wanted other people to be able to drive it without their air license.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:55 PM   #37
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So, After two weeks of not working on the bus due to a bad back.... From working on the bus..... I went back at it again this weekend and the floor is all ripped up now.



Next will be to wash it, paint it and seal all the holes in preparation for the new floor.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #38
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Cleaned up the Rust/Old Silicone with a grinder and wire wheel. Painted the rust with a rust converter and a fresh coat of white tremclad.



Ready to seal all the bolt holes from the seats next! Almost done the boring stuff :beer:
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:40 AM   #39
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Filled in all the holes in the floor with white outdoor silicone today:



Some stuff to make my life easier:



Aluminum tape for putting over the silicone once it dries
A Princess Auto Rivet Gun!
Additive for the paint that is going to go on the roof - reflects the heat, etc:

http://insuladd.com/

Got enough to mix with 5 Gallons of paint.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #40
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It seems the bus has been named. On another board, people where making fun the the NASA thing on the paint additive, which got me thinking of Space, which turned into Star Wars, Which turned into Robot Chicken Spoof:



So something like this to replace the current BlueBird and Stripe along the top of the bus will be done:



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