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Old 01-31-2016, 06:45 PM   #31
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Galvanized aluminum corrodes similar to rust I'm told. I thought it looked to rusty to be aluminum but two welders speculated it was galvanized aluminum. I did the magnet test to finally tell it is in fact steel.

Should have trusted my instincts.
Galvanized metal is steel and the galvanized is a coating.
If you have a galvanized coating that has been compromised then you have an issue to address properly.
They make a self etching paint for galvanized steel.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:04 PM   #32
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Your floor isn't aluminum, man.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:09 PM   #33
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I bought some Etch and Prep to soak the floors in overnight, then some Rustoleum rust inhibitor I am going to paint over the floors. There were a couple bad spots, one by the back door and one near the front, where it rusted all the way through and I am having a welder repair it. Not sure how she is going to do it yet plate or flush but I'll let her figure out that is best.

It was a super pain getting the raised floor that the seat sat on out. Every screw and bolt had to be cut our rather than unbolted/screwed. Then the plate that was over the frame for the raised platform was glued on. Took me forever to figure out what was holding it after I cut out every conceivable bolt that could be holding it in place. Finally a crow bar and some serious pressure led to an un-gluing sound and I figured it out.

I only hope the build out will be less frustrating than the demo of a rust bucket. Last time I buy a bus from NY! But in all honest aside from some spots of rust the thing is in excellent condition. And I'm still getting use out of it pre-renovation.




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Old 01-31-2016, 07:35 PM   #34
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Those are definitely steel, my friend.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:41 AM   #35
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I wire brushed the entire floor, cleaned it up, let it soak in prep and etch, then mopped it and painted it all with the pro grade rustoleum professional high performance protective enamel. Hopefully that got rid of my interior rust issues.

Before I put down my plywood sub flooring and vinyl flooring on top of that. Has anyone laid down anything like tyvek home wrap in between the steel floors and the plywood as a condensation layer to help moisture from getting in. I live in Atlanta and insulation is not an issue as winter time usage is less of a concern to me, but humidity is.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:48 AM   #36
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Also drivers seats. My current seat is ripped pretty good and is honestly super uncomfortable after about 30 min of driving and kills my back. Saw the Legacy silver at a trucking store near me for $650 Legacy SILVER. Didn't know if you guys had any good driver seating options or not.

I picked up 12 of these guys brand new for right at $400 a pop for my passangers. Trieste Seat
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:49 PM   #37
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Do you have a big rig wrecking/recycling yard near by? You might get lucky and save yourself a few bucks....

I got mine out of 2007? International ProStar , quite comfy for free.
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:46 PM   #38
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The bus has come a long way since my last post. welded some floor patches, welded mounts for an awesome roof deck, front hitch for a bike rack, rear hitch for pulling things and a much needed step up, new subfloors and flooring, new nice leather seats, couch, new air ride drivers seat, beadboard and trim, and the list goes on.

We've driven several thousand miles, went to the beach in south Georgia, Atlanta to Savannah, North Georgia, Camping, Talladega, concerts, bachelor parties, etc. Been the best investment ever.

I apologize as a lot of these pictures are out of order but you get the general idea.

Next is electrical and I have some questions I will outline in the next post...


Hole in floor that was patched.



Bare steel floor with rustoleum rusty surface primer


Sub floor going in


Sub floor going in


Sub floor going in


Flooring installed, Homedepot traffic master $1 per sqft


Flooring installed


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passanger seats going in, Suburban Seating Company seats, about $400 a pop x 12, last row facing rear of bus.


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Front hitch bike rack


Hasp lock install, welded to door



Hasp lock install, welded to door



Hasp lock install, welded to door
You can see Beadboard and trim work here, not completed but 90% done







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