After churning through iteration upon iterations of floorplan ideas I decided the wheelchair lift had to go. Itís big. Itís heavy. It only marginally works and worst of all, itís in the way.
That lift is built like a tank. In order to remove it, I first lowered the lift to halfway down then detached all the hydraulic lines from the lift. A little advice: have a bucket handy. Thereís going to be a lot of fluid. The reason I put the lift halfway down was, I wanted it to drop some distance so I could remove it from the bus. If I had it all the way down it wouldnít have moved when I unbolted it. All the way up, and it would have fallen the full 3 feet, perhaps violently.
Once the lift was free of the hydraulic lines I simply removed the six bolts that hold it to the bus and crash, down it fell. The lift is actually wider than the door so we had to push the uprights together to get it out of the bus. A little wrestling with it and it came free. Now I have to figure out what to do with it. Anybody interested in a wheelchair lift? Cheap?
Also, I started a blog to record the bus progress. I'm going to duplicate some of the information here since this site has been such a fantastic resource for me, I'd like to give a little back.
However there will be more details here: