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Old 08-22-2016, 01:46 AM   #21
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Ok so yesterday and today I busted my hump and got the rear of the bus removed. Next I'll be cutting the section out for the flat deck.

I ended up getting a Photobucket account so you can see the progress. So here goes, hopefully they end up in order.

When I bought it:
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psob5tgoak.png

First day home:
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psurqgrfj2.jpg

Frame looks pretty good for a Late '89. Bus was finished in '91 and is registered as such.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psqfi7vmj9.jpg

The photo shopped end goal:
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psqcvayxyj.jpg

Here's the sketched out floor plans. They have already changed a bit (No cabinets above the dinette, etc. But at least it gives you a good idea of the build.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psx0cut9qx.jpg

Tearing up the floor (wood stove sitting there):
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psfmbciafz.jpg

Yanking the ceiling and side panels to get rid of Itchy Scratchy:
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...pszeoh5bfm.jpg

The cute girl that I bought the wood stove from. We become friends, and then she proceeded to outwork me on the bus. She loves demolition as you can see.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1l4mypdw.jpg

Bumper was a PITA to get off because of a rounded out bolt.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...pscb7yibh1.jpg

You wouldn't believe how much work it is to remove the rear section of the bus. But it will be totally worth it to have everything separate and the deck accessible from 3 sides.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psvjmkkqwk.jpg

http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...ps64obbepz.jpg

I bought a turbo and all required parts off an F250/350 7.3 IDI to add efficiency to the bus when hauling toys (Snowbikes) up to the mountains. It will help keep the speed up and fuel economy too. I noticed a bit of end play and oil all over the compressor side so I tore it down right down to nothing (after this pic) and ordered a rebuild kit from Gpopshop. Everything will be minty soon!
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...psjqctu4rt.jpg

Front of the bus still needs the heater and controls torn out, the rest of the flooring out and starting Friday hopefully I will cut the bus for the sled deck.
http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/...pszxhoeikp.jpg

Off to bed..

I need more time, wayyyy more money, and wish I would have done this 18 years ago.

Can't wait for the freedom when it's done!
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:52 AM   #22
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So can anyone tell me why the pics don't just automatically show up in the post? I hate when I have to click links to see pics.. I'm probably not the only one.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:10 AM   #23
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WARNING!!

Even when using eye protection while grinding rivets on a bus - it IS very possible to get a chunk of steel ricochet into your eye causing great pain and requiring surgery to get it out.

I've got most of the interior panels - roof and sides stripped out and the gross pink insulation out. Still have a lot of that to do and it takes FOREVER to remove.

Even with 2 cute women who work extremely hard (lucky guy right? ), it's been a long process to get this far. Thankfully they are both motivating people naturally as there were many days where I might have said eff it.
Big thanks to the tip about using a 60-80 grit flap wheel as it is MUCH faster than a cutting disc and an air chisel, and leaves a much nicer result.

As my eye heals up, I'll be taking the turbo apart to check if it needs to be rebuilt before the install, and planning the next step of demolition on the bus.

What has everyone done with all of the wiring by the cockpit while removing all of the insulation behind that area to replace with spray foam? I might have to get super big zip ties and hang it from the roof in the interim.
Yes, I always recommend safety glasses (Z87) and a full face shield when de-riveting or grinding.
Did they drill into your eye?
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:39 PM   #24
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Nope, they had a hottie drop numbing drops in my eye, walk me into the Laser surgery room for a 2 min surgery. Then as she held my head against the headrest so I didn't flinch, doc held my eyelids open and dug in with a needle, then fluffed it out with a tiny feather device. Healed up perfectly in 4 days.
I didn't flinch because my thoughts were elsewhere.. come to think of it I'm pretty sure I was smiling..
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:53 AM   #25
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So can anyone tell me why the pics don't just automatically show up in the post? I hate when I have to click links to see pics.. I'm probably not the only one.
Copy the photo bucket link....
When you get ready to post, click this button in the header above

Paste your link in the popup box, click ok.


Note: on an iPhone, you have to delete the extra http// that's preloaded in the popup box, before you paste your photobucket link.

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Old 08-23-2016, 11:47 PM   #26
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You rock, thanks!
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:06 AM   #27
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Long 3 days of working on the bus. Luckily I had a helper. She works her butt off and never complains. Totally thankful for that.

Got right to cutting the roof and the rear section out:

Help from the engine hoist:


Then the side panels as they will be replaced by tool cabinets / storage bays:

Then after flap wheel grinding / air chiseling the rust flakes off of the floor I found two main areas that had rusted through and I'm a big believer in doing it right so you only have to do it once.

Cut the pieces out, tack welded in the new ones and off to Metal Blast. I will be sealing everything from the bottom in the near future - before the underneath gets Spray Foamed.

As mentioned previously I purchased it through OnPoint Distribution. Awesome product and after following the instructions I applied a heavy coat of Rust Bullet. Great stuff, totally looking forward to the finished product.

Time wasn't on our side so I'll have to scuff it up and do a second coat later before being done with the Rust Bullet as per the instructions:



As that set up, I routed the exhaust out just behind the passenger dual tires. That way I can see any issues from the exhaust much easier. It will also help down the road for tuning the Injection Pump after the turbo is mounted to make sure it isn't smoking and wasting fuel.

The goal was to get the back of the bus in place before the end of the weekend and we did just that. I'll have to buy some 9/32" rivets in a big quantity and a rivet gun that will handle that size but for now it has some self tapping screws holding it in place:



Finished cleaning up the metal that will be reused to cover 21 of the 26 windows that were removed and called it a day.

But first we let it warm up for a long time and took it for a short but very fun little rip down the service road.

I think the name Ramrod is fitting for this bus. Why? It's big and bad ass (akin to a Hot Rod build but not sporty of course), animals better stay out of the way, and Super Troopers is awesome. Bedtime for me.. right Meow!
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:02 PM   #28
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That's awesome! My first bus shared the same fate with the flatbed. It was done not by me, but by the next owner, the one my Ex-wife sold it to (ex for a reason!!). My current bus has the same trans as you. Its a slushbox, but works alright. Im impressed by how deep you are going with this. Does the girl with the wood stove have any more? Id buy one and keep her for labor if possible too. Good to have friends/help on these projects.. keep it up!
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:26 PM   #29
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lol! Get your own helper SDR!

Not sure if she has another wood stove, but when my bus is finished, I'll end up being her helper for her bus build. In her words - my bus is a practice bus so that she knows how to do everything right the first try. I'm good with that logic.

I haven't seen an option of underbody storage that is cost effective yet. All of the Buyer's boxes seem high priced even though they are quite nice - they would run me more than I paid for the bus to outfit it with the 22 linear feet of space for me to put storage boxes on this thing. That would run $2000+. They also don't specify what kind of weight they can safely handle.

I did read of one setup on here with angle iron and plastic storage totes to keep things water proof. That might be the best way to go for me. I need to make really good friends with a Truck Wrecker I think.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:31 AM   #30
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Skinning panels takes a long time. Still have at least 4 more to do over the windows. Once the side / underbody storage cabinets are in place and it gets painted it will start to look a whole lot better. For now the goal is to get it ready for spray foam asap.

Mounted rear door - had to move the bottom hinge up 3/4".



Then added the skins:
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