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Old 05-03-2010, 10:15 PM   #11
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It's amazing how work and family can take 99.9% of your time. That leaves precious little for working on the bus.
Got to keep the family though. Now work.......hmmmmm.

Started ripping out the old plywood. The floor has a good amount of surface rust, but appears to be pretty sound.
I've got some moisture issues mainly around the rear wheel wells.

There were some nails and broken bolts that had to be ground smooth...
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:26 PM   #12
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The whole family has chipped in to help. Even the ones that don't think I will ever finish my new project....

It's about ready for the roof raise....more to come.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:15 PM   #13
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Leaving the heating system there?
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #14
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I haven't decided about the heating system yet. I have thought about trying to incorporate it into the floor plan to provide heat on the go without having to fire up the furnace. It appears the majority of people pull it out. Plus I don't know how much traveling I will actually do in the winter time.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:47 PM   #15
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I'm ashamed to say that I wasn't able to work on the bus for a whole freakin year. But, I'm back on the job. Removed the inner metal panels in preparation for the roof raise. Like most of the buses on here, I found the windows were prone to leak. The inner surface panels were good and clean above the windows, but were water stained below. Alot of the old bat insulation was mildewed and/or molded. It all had to go. i will replace the insulation with solid styrofoam insulation in the future. Here are a few pics of what we accomplished.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:44 AM   #16
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Great start! (and a buttload of work) Please do keep up the progress pix...love them Birds!
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:48 AM   #17
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I feel your pain with not getting things done. I figure, if I keep chipping away at it, someday it will be done, so keep up the good work!
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #18
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Another productive weekend. I now have all of the inside metal panels down and out. All old nasty insulation is gone. Does anyone hate rivets anymore than I do now? I now have rivet nightmares. Time to order the steel. Next step is the roof raise. I plan on raising the roof 21 inches soon.



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Old 06-21-2011, 09:56 PM   #19
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how do you plan on lifting the roof ? i was thinking about doing this in my 67 bluebird but as i already have a ton of floor work to do i'm not sure if this is a great idea.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:47 PM   #20
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Jolly_Rogger: If you do a search on this forum for the Millicent Chronicles, you will see a detailed description of how Elliot Naess raised his roof 24 inches using 4 hi-lift farm type jacks and square tubing as lift rams and guides. Another couple are raising their roof in a similar fashion. You can find their topic titled Sarah and Andy's Bus. It's really straight forward if you are mechanically inclined and have welding skills or access to people who do.
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