I was able to get some time to work on the bus this weekend. It was awesome getting to work on her - she's been sitting in storage for about a month while i had the air brake system worked on. Thankfully, the air brakes are back up and running so i can move it back to homebase for renovation. This weekend's goal was to remove the inner sheet metal skin and remove the old fiberglass insulation. Unfortunatelly, my buddy had to bail on me this weekend so it was just me - i feel pretty accomplished i was able to get one half of the skin removed by myself - it ended up being about 300 rivets. I found that a cold chisel with a large hand-guard and a 3lb hammer make pretty short work of even the larger rivet heads. I'm hoping i can get some help from a friend to finish out the other side and start installing the insulation next weekend.
Here's some photo's of the progress:
1. Partially finished - getting the last (and longest) remaining piece of sheet metal removed from this side:
2. One half of the bus, inner skin removed. The culmination of about 7 hours worth of hammering:
3. Here's Atlas sitting outside my house - the HOA just LOVES it when i park it out front for the weekend:
I had originally wanted to do the insulation removal because i had found a few small spots where water was entering the inside of the bus, and wanted to get a chance to seal those leaks. After pulling out the insulation, i found only one small spot in the rear of the bus that needs some sealant - a very pleasant surprise. One thing i found interesting - my wall thickness will only accomodate 1.5" thick FOAMULAR insulation instead of the 2" i had counted on. All in all, it shouldnt be a big deal in terms of R value.
Westward: LOL. Nice eye there. The previous owner installed some REALLY cheap flooring, so yes, you are correct that the floors have some slight warping in them. This doesnt bother me, since i plan on using this for camping / adventure trips where the floors will likely get dirty anyway.
Inkblot's: When researching the idea of putting in wood burning stove, i saw this picture (http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.co ... home-4.jpg
) , which had the stove - so i just followed suit and placed it there in my design. After talking with everyone here, i will probably scrap the wood burning stove idea and just go with a Mr. Buddy propane heater for those cold nights.
Thanks everyone for your input, suggestions and questions!