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Old 12-18-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Pics of my build so far.

She came from Stilwell, OK. I bought her from a gentleman in AR.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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She came without seats, saved me lots of work.
My new best friend.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:24 PM   #3
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How they managed to flatten all the heater core fins under a seat cushion is beyond me. It took a long time to get them somewhat back to normal.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:30 PM   #4
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To get the windows out I cut the sealant on the outside. Then used a screwdriver to get the top loose then pulled HARD. That is not an easy job.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:37 PM   #5
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I was surprised that there wasn't any plywood on the floor, just rubber on metal. To loosen the rubber I used a tool called a long reach air scraper. It came from Harbor Freight. What a time-saver. It lists for $119.00 but it is worth it. Especially when you borrow it. I did the whole floor in about three hours. It is basically a long handled air chisel. I highly recommend using one. It loosens the rubber like nothing.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:42 PM   #6
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After I had the rubber removed from the floor I used a wire brush on a small grinder to remove the old sealant where the walls meet the floor and the floor seams. Use protective equipment, believe me. It does a great job.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:03 PM   #7
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Great start...keep the pix a'comin'!
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:45 PM   #8
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Man, this is getting to be too much like work. I've been cutting the insulation for the roof into strips and putting a bevel on them because of the curve of the roof. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the coating of fiberglass on the sheets. I've been using the table saw and jig saw and end up getting coated with fiberglass. ITCHY! I keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end. It sure makes a mess inside the bus too. Plus it has been below zero or in the single digits and then in the teens during the day. I wish it wasn't so chilly. I'll just keep plugging away.[URL=http://s428.photobucket.com/user/TheHappyBus/media/IMG_0109_zpslm0oszco.jpg.html]
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:47 PM   #9
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:51 PM   #10
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Good job so far. Give us some info. on your bus, year , engine....
looks a lot like mine. other than mirrors.

I'm not getting much done because of cold. I'm about 175 miles west of you. highs in 20s next week Brr
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