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Old 11-20-2015, 07:49 AM   #21
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Got some interior panels removed. When looking for a bus to buy: extended ceiling is amazing, and the option on the build sheet that says "interior ceiling screws: yes" is amazing. I used a screw gun to zip out the panels in no time. Only had to grind 5 that refused to move.

Luckily the panels came out of this channel without having to take the windows out. I'm trying to save that for last.



Stripped out one wall up to the drivers area:






Labeled everything along the way for reattachment somehwere else after she's cut in half:





Safety selfie! Once the ceiling starts to come down I'll don the respirator.



Got the back door destination sign cover off and the other side all done too. Ceiling tomorrow!


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Old 11-20-2015, 08:11 AM   #22
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Nice, so basically you have a RUST FREE bus in nearly new condition!
Sounds and looks like the thing was kept in a garage.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:12 AM   #23
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Internationals/Amtrans (and probably Wards) are great for screwed in panels. If you're pulling the side panels, they're tack welded under the windows.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:19 AM   #24
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Actually my Ward has what has to be the maximum amount of rivets possible.
Part of what took SO LONG to demo my interior panels etc.

I've heard Thomas uses screws a lot more, though. A friends 91 Thomas has mostly screws.

Removing literally thousands of rivets really sucks!!
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:02 AM   #25
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I haven't found any rust yet, but the floor does concern me. We had a few bolts snap due to rust, and the floor feels very uneven like the plywood underneath is rotted or the main pan is sagging. Gotta get the ceiling down and get all the insulation out first. Does the floor come up before the walls?
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:14 AM   #26
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I'm doing the walls before the floor, but it doesn't really matter what the order is.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:23 AM   #27
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Nope- order doesn't really matter. I'm stripping and refinishing the ENTIRE inside, so I gutted it all out.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:07 PM   #28
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Got 1/7 ceiling panels down and got all the fiberglass pulled out, wire-brushed the ceiling, and vacuumed it all up.

My workplace for the night:




Of course... super safety selfie:



Pile o' crap outside the back door:



Got the back wall panel off:



Found some shoddy body work around the upper corners:




Removed both left and right body harnesses:


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Old 11-21-2015, 08:48 AM   #29
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Plan on retirement in a few years and looking to explore setups for hauling a small vehicle and HD for exploring once arrived. looking for suggestions.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:08 PM   #30
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Plan on retirement in a few years and looking to explore setups for hauling a small vehicle and HD for exploring once arrived. looking for suggestions.
What do you mean by "HD for exploring once arrived."?
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