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Old 04-23-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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Enough for plenty of Timbits and coffee. Or beer. Good choice on gutting the interior steel and insulation
Yup. And we need a lot of those, especially the coffee!

It really was a lot colder once the insulation removed though! We kinda regretted that!
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Old 04-23-2016, 11:16 AM   #12
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Congrats on getting started! We're anxious to get our hands dirty as well! (...still shopping )
Thanks! I hope we'll be able to see your progress as well!
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Old 04-23-2016, 11:29 AM   #13
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With the ceiling and insulation out of our way, we started digging a little under the rubber near the entrance and we found this



We got a little scared that the whole bus floor would look like that! Fortunatly it wasn't the case.



We took the rubber off and saw that the plywood had seen better days. Please excuse the mess!

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Old 04-23-2016, 11:39 AM   #14
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the entrance is always the worst.. for one all the kids stomping the snow and salt off their boots when they get on the bus.. and then also i think alot of times the main door gets left open in the rain and water gets on that part of the floor and pools right there..

ive see nmore than one bus sit outside with the main door wide open in the rain... or the door just plain leaks in heavy rain after the bus is a couple years old..
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I've seen a few who left their doors half open all the time, too. In our case, if you close the door completly it locks and you have to get in through the rear emergency door. So I guess the previous owners might have left it open a few times under the rain just like you said.

Either way, it's all gone now!
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:06 PM   #16
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I've seen a few who left their doors half open all the time, too. In our case, if you close the door completly it locks and you have to get in through the rear emergency door. So I guess the previous owners might have left it open a few times under the rain just like you said.

Either way, it's all gone now!
the Schools do it.. the busses usually get parked ina fenced, gated area so they dont worry about intruders.. so the drivers dont close the doors all the way when they go home at night.. or more often the door is left all the way open when they park at lunch in a shopping center parking lot..or their bus is at home between runs..

a driver in my neightborhood drives for a summer route.. and takes her bus home between runs.. leaves it sit in front of the house door wide open (she says to keep it cool because only one of the air conditioners work).. we get pop up midday storms all the time and rain goes right in that door....

so those floors get wet from the day the bus is brand new..
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:17 PM   #17
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Plywood and rubber are on their way to the dump. Little rust here and there, nothing we can't handle. There's a hole in the floor, right on top of the fuel tank. I guess it's for maintenance so we'll leave it there and probably just cover it up with something later.





We ended up removing the rust just to make sure. I hate rust. Don't we all?

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the Schools do it.. the busses usually get parked ina fenced, gated area so they dont worry about intruders.. so the drivers dont close the doors all the way when they go home at night.. or more often the door is left all the way open when they park at lunch in a shopping center parking lot..or their bus is at home between runs..

a driver in my neightborhood drives for a summer route.. and takes her bus home between runs.. leaves it sit in front of the house door wide open (she says to keep it cool because only one of the air conditioners work).. we get pop up midday storms all the time and rain goes right in that door....

so those floors get wet from the day the bus is brand new..
Unbelievable
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We put some aluminum tape on the holes. There's some kind of tar underneath the tape, when you heat it it really fills the holes. There's no way anything can come from down there.



Once all rust was gone, we Rust oleum'd the hell out of the floor.



We spent a few minutes at the store arguing about the color, even though it was going to be covered a few days later

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Old 04-23-2016, 01:03 PM   #20
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Unbelievable
mechanically school busses are treated quite well to pass state inspections, but cosmetically they are beat to crap.. most of the drivers get new or different ones every few years so they dont care what happens to them as long as they dont wreck em..
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