Yes, progress is definitely good! Rails are out. Plywood is out. And we found the rust we were looking for under the coolant heaters:
The massive Ricon wheelchair lift that came with the bus is out. I advertised it on craigslist for $400 and had some interest, but the interest disappeared once people realized it weighs 450 pounds. Donating it was also a possibility, but in the end we couldn't find a place that would work.
Some posters have had luck lowering it to the ground and them disassembling it, but the bus is too close to our fence for it to extend fully. Since we knew we wouldn't use it anyway, mr. phoenix laid it down inside the bus, cut it up, and removed it in pieces. That big open door has such a nice view now.
The Webasto heater and two under seat coolant heaters are also out. mr. phoenix cut the lines, drained the coolant, and looped the hose in on itself.
Note the Tecate box in the photos. I can't believe we went without beerspiration for so long.
The rails, lift, and heaters felt like the biggest hurdles. Here's the bus now.
Next is grinding down the rust, treating it with ospho, and painting with Rustoleum.
The small area under the driver's seat still has the rubber floor and plywood intact. Is there anything I should keep in mind before unbolting the seat and pulling it all up?