Hey – we're back! Spent the beginning of winter skiing in Colorado and are now ready to make some serious progress on this build! The last few days have been in demo mode pulling out the floor, side panels, and rotted floor. Then we ground down the rust, painted with a special anti-rust agent, and started building our subfloor. Photos!
Bus was in storage for a few months, luckily she started right up!
Emergency windows were tricky (and there are 8 of them!
) so we just used the angle grinder to cut the tin underneath.
Ceiling is out!
Ceiling panels up by the driver's area were the worst.
All in all, removing the rivets on the ceiling & side panels was a great decision for us. We used an angle grinder for all of it and it took around 1.5 days of work. Luckily the insulation below was in great shape and we didn't find any mold or leaks!
Pulling up the floor...
Lots and lots of rust!
Seriously, so much rust.
Plywood was soaked and rotten, not good.
Lots of nails leftover after the plywood came up.
Anybody know what this hole is for? Located right over the gas tank.
Used the angle grinder to knock down most of the rust. Difference is amazing!
This thing is beyond repair, ordered a new one
Quite the pile of crap! The bus smells SO MUCH BETTER without all of this gross stuff in it.
We painted the floor with a two gallon kit called Direct to Rust Epoxy-Mastic. Supposedly it will encapsulate the rust and prevent new rust from forming.
Updates coming soon – we met with an rv contractor yesterday who is helping us with our electrical, propane, and plumbing. If you have any questions on what we've done so far, fire away!