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Old 11-19-2014, 09:43 PM   #21
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

All good words there, Cowlitz, thank you! I did have in mind going to the 24.5's. And I'm pretty sure the comfort level for prom will be 5 couples max. Just the layout alone will say 4-5. I'll make sure she chooses well, because I have a feeling with her popularity & the uniqueness of the bus there might be a few banging on the door to get in on it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:11 AM   #22
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1 Week Anniversary

It's been 7 days since I brought the Gillig home, and have been making progress.

Unfortunately, I've written 3 separate updates, and all 3 have been erased while going back and forth to place photos. Because it's 2:00am, I'm exhausted & sick & not feeling like writing the same thing for the 4th time...I'll just post the photos and fill in the text tomorrow.


Ceremonial pitching of the first seat!


Under the front passenger seat was an authentic Gillig first aid kit! 41+ years old!



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All the seats stacked neatly...

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This felt so good to look at....

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Bathroom taped off...

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I love the old school curves & lines of this bus. I have ideas brewing here...


Starting the screwy process of unscrewing all the screws...


First ceiling panel, over the cockpit. Wow...no insulation, but the dirt!


Unscrewing the side panels...
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #23
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Screws? you lucky devil! The rivets are fighting me tooth and nail. I've had to double up on my beers to compensate for the aggravation.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:00 AM   #24
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

Howed you do that to the map????? Fresno is south east of Paso Robles not south west hummm ex cali skoolies want to know

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Old 11-25-2014, 01:56 PM   #25
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

I had completely forgotten the location of the factory first aid kit in the older Gilligs.

The C-190 Gillig I drove back in the day had the same kit in the same location. Our church's 1979 555 Gillig doesn't have the factory kit or have it in the same location. It is stuffed into the overhead compartment above the right side windshield.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:12 PM   #26
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those halogen lights work great when it's cold out...they suck in the summer time
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:03 PM   #27
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I would of never thought a first aid kit would be placed there. On all of the buses I've rode on it's on a hanger near the front stairwell. Maybe that's where laws require it in MA. I think it was good thinking by gillig to put it there
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:03 AM   #28
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I know! Screws!! I was so stoked! Reading up on the nightmares of seat & wall removal issues...

Fresno is actually northeast of Paso and Bakersfield, that other bastion of fresh air, is actually southeast.

Halogen lights...I almost thought you were referring to a picture in my photobucket! ;) Yep, I'm actually grateful for the heat it puts off for now, it's getting colder. (California 'colder'). I'll get an LED set up by May, though.

The first aid kit was a surprise, as the bus already had a newer one mounted just beside the drivers seat. Apparently this was the forgotten first aid kit! I'm going to check it out, I'll take a picture of the inside for the thread...it has to be ancient stuff. I'll resupply it with fresh ingredients & mount it in the kitchen area for fun. I want to recycle what pieces I can and reincorporate them into the bus.

Took out the rest of the wall screws, and floor screws, as well as wheel well trim and a couple gadget boxes screwed on to the floor. Random little things. I've been sick the last 4 days, so I haven't worked as many hours as I'd have liked to. :/
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:11 AM   #29
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I had to quit yesterday due to the rain shorting out my extension cord.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:40 AM   #30
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Good work so far, I'm in the process of seat removal as well, like how you've begun plotting out your interior with tape lines. Are you going to take the floor up?
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