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Old 07-01-2013, 07:06 AM   #11
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btw Bansil, I'm just across the Yadkin river from the Uwharries....with the rain we keep getting you could probably kayak those offroad trails...."stroke, stroke, oh S*^%, TREE!!"...
I've been on Rocky mount loop during these rains and you could paddle down it
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:21 PM   #12
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Finally got to doing some work this week on the bus....removed the last remaining seats (only the front 2 seats were left) and the 2 short padded "walls" in front of them.....we took the time and removed 5 of the 16 floor bolts with wrenches, crawling under the bus to hold the nut while my wife worked the wrench up top....thats hard to do and not reagravate a pinched nerve in the back....enough of that...Let the sparks fly with the angle grinder...a little quicker and definitely easier on the back. We removed all the trim screws for the center walk way, the trim where the side wall met the floor, the wheel well covers, heater hose covers, and the 2 heaters. There had to be atleast 250 screws in all. The came the part I was a little nervous about...peeling the rubber floor up. 3 things we found that I think helped make it a lot easier 1. Have 2 people 2. Let the bus heat up during the day and then about mid evening (around 4) when the floor starts to cool off the moisture build up helps to make the adhesive gooey 3. A flat shovel- As one person pulls up and back on the rubber floor, the other uses that flat shovel to kinda of "skin" the floor, cutting the adhesive a the edge of the floor being pulled up...worked well. With about 5 hours work we had the seats and trim out with the floor bare....


The heaters are in the boxes with the long blue hose attached to it (atleast 40 feet total of heavy goodyear heater hose in great shape)...the green bag...yea that the empty dog food bag (one of those like a blue tarp material)...works great as a puncture resistant garbage bag


Looking toward the front of the bus.....with the 2 of 3 inline heaters. We are planning to take out the two in the back and the large one by the front door, and leave the small one behind the drivers seat for a little heat while driving if needed. Anyone need some heaters?


This is what most of the floor looks like...seems to be in good shape with a little rust at the seams....we are going to wire wheel the rusted areas and paint the whole floor...I was planning on just painting over the dried adhesive where there is no rust...going to cover the floor with insulation and flooring so looks aren't important...


This is the area of the worst rust by far...the rear 6 inches by the rear emergency exit....It seems that the rust is the worst (And it still isn't bad) by the emergency exits at the back, side and the emergency exit windows. Anybody keep the emergency exit windows?...we are planning on moving them to areas we might need them (like one in the bedroom area and another one or two in the main living area...)
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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Thought about going ahead and painting the floor, but decided to wait till we are done with removing the interior wall panels, and ceiling panels. We went with the cutting a slot on the rivet head and then knocking it off with the cold chisel and 3lb hammer.

Cutting slots on rivets below the windows. A woman that knows how to handle a power tool....sorry fellas...she's taken....

Limited space above the chair rail meant only one slot (instead of making the X). This made removing the rivet heads a little tougher, and the piece of metal the rivets went through would often want to bend in, making a pain in the arse to get the rivets out.

The top of the side panel is spot welded to a another piece of metal that turns out to be the flashing behind the windows. So instead of trying to bust the welds and not mangle the flashing, just took the cut off wheel and cut the side panel just under the welds leaving the welded piece in place. We are going to case around the windows later anyway.

Trying to bust the rivets while nearly upside down, wore me out. Nephews are great help and its always good to teach someone how to do something.


After working so hard on one side, decided that there had to be a little easier way. We cut the X in the vertical rivets, cut the slots on the rivets by the chair rail and then went ahead and cut the tops loose from under the window. The vertical rivets with the X busted off easily. Then we folded the metal down, which made busting the rivets alot easier (we didn't have to contort ourselves to swing the mini sledge)

Glad we cut open the sides, the insulation was going to a powder and there was areas that were leaking around the windows that let water inside the bottoms of the walls, wet soggy insulation!
Now we have just two more side panels to go....and then its onward to the ceiling!
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #14
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I would like the heaters!
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:09 PM   #15
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How far are you from arrowhead campground?
I will be there in next 2 weeks with bus,If el presidenta opens parks back up....pm if close
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:45 PM   #16
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It was nice to meet you and your wife and spend some time talking buses!!!

thank you for the heaters also!

my wife saw them and asked what they were for........I told her and she just shook her head (as always)

this late spring we need to plan a mini rally at URE since we have at least 5 real close
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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Been Busy working on the bus. Have all the interior panels removed, 8 cut off wheels, 6 dust masks, and one worn out cold chisel is all it took to remove the couple thousand rivets to do so. After removing the panels and the insanely itchy fiberglass insulation, I found some secrets the old bus was hiding. The insulation was wet in the space under 2 of the emergency exit windows. But the real suprise was the rust found in the ceiling. Along 2 of the cieling ribs, there was a hole in the roof, letting water in and soaking the insulation. Climbed on the roof and found that the holes were from rivets that missed there mark, and so I caulked them closed till spring when I can recaulk the roof and seal it. NExt up is insulating the ceiling, resealing the windows then it will be on to the walls and floors. I'll post pictures when I get a chance.
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Bansil-
Thanks for showing us around La Tortuga. We really appreciate the advice, especially the about using common easy to aquire parts. We got a lot of good ideas for our bus. I think a mini-jamboree in the late spring would be awesome! I just have to get to working on the bus more. Good luck with the heaters!
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:51 AM   #19
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CHOP...CHOP...
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #20
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I too vote for a bus party!

Good that work is moving along Westward, now where are those pics?
How'd you come to pick Linus for the name?
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