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Old 01-19-2016, 06:57 PM   #31
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I'm stoked to have another Gilligite, the same year & model no less!

I wrestled with how to re-do the flooring. You can see from my photos, there's nothing below the 3/4" plywood flooring. But there are natural shelves to lay down either a cut steel or wood sub floor. I went with 1/8" wood, treated & then layered with rubberized vehicle undercoating to protect it.

On top of that, and sandwiched between the actual 3/4" plywood flooring, I was able to create 2" of space for floor insulation.

Otherwise, to insulate the floor, I'd need to raise the roof...and that wasn't going to happen.

The ONLY insulation anywhere in this bus, that I found, was in the very last side panels on each side of the rear bench seat. Granted, this bus was used in CA, but I was still surprised at the lack of insulation!

I'm not sure what you're planning for insulation, but I took out the side paneling and ceiling paneling, and after I'm done framing the interior walls, I'm going to have the ceiling/walls spray foamed with about 2".

I'll PM you my number, and if you have any questions or you have a breakthrough, feel free to text me!

I love my bus, the lines, the refined beastliness and solid frame...it's built like a tank but gets great gas mileage. Excited to see another on here!

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Old 01-19-2016, 08:22 PM   #32
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Panda.
How did you remove your ceiling panels?
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:09 AM   #33
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Alan,

Love your Gillig!

I used an air compressor chisel, beastly screwdriver, hammer, crowbar, and a lot of care. This is the section that I hurt my back. The metal is awkward, heavy, and gets jagged. By far the physically toughest part of the process so far.

I'd use the air chisel to get underneath the pleated, folded-over-on-itself gaps, and creat a bigger gap. There's spot welded points that had to be cut through, and I'd use a couple different methods to do it, mainly hammer the slot screwdriver through the metal to shear it off, or the prying parts of the hammer or crowbar to rip it in two.

I got 1/2 way done, and found out that they had reversed the overlap pattern...they essentially started at the front AND the back, and met in the middle....which meant I had to start at the unfinished end and create another opening, which wasn't easy to do.

I hope that made sense....
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:50 PM   #34
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Panda.
I looked at your build thread. Awesome!
Your description of the process makes sense.
I was hoping you had discovered an easy way.
Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:00 PM   #35
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Hey Panda,

Any chance you could measure the width between your frame rails for me? I found some 93 gallon tanks in a boat we just tore up, and I'm thinking they might work as spare fuel, and holding tanks.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:16 PM   #36
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Finally started the teardown! Got half the seats removed today. Found a couple dollars in change, a few Legos, and lots of gum.
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:48 PM   #37
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Don't know about Gillig doors but you can check out what I did with my front door on my Thomas at Akitabus, I welded a 1/3 tube steel up the center between the two panels and just hung that from the right side hinge (if you are outside looking at the door) I did not use any of the bus's original opening mechanisms, plus they were not air driven anyway.

Love your bus, great find

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Old 03-10-2016, 11:13 PM   #38
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All seats removed, making progress!
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:58 AM   #39
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Looking good. I too found about 3 lbs of recycled gum. Amazing how it never breaks down like McDonald's french fries!
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:58 PM   #40
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This was an EXPENSIVE weekend!
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