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Old 04-16-2014, 03:45 PM   #11
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I am by no means an expert and I am generally the most unsafe person I know. That being said... I would advise some extra safety gear when using cut-off grinders... We have had quite a few stories shared here about the discs blowing out. A face shield would go a long way to protect you. Other have also reported damage to glass from the sparks, so something to limit that would be a good idea too.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:03 AM   #12
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A way to remove rivet heads that should work with bolts, especially once the grinder wheel gets smaller; Cut a cross into them with the grinder and knock the remains of the head off with a chisel and hammer. Then use a hammer and punch the shank out the hole.
I also use a full face mask with zip [.045] discs.

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Old 04-17-2014, 09:28 PM   #13
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Nice looking bus! I'm in Columbus, IN. Where and how did you find that bus. I have been looking for quite sometime and still have not found one I like that is reasonably priced.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:43 PM   #14
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We have now had the bus home for 1 week (as of yesterday) and all but 2 seats are OUT!!!! I am thrilled with this, my goal was 1 week for seat demo & I nearly made it! The only ones remaining are the driver's seat & the fold up bench seat by the side emergency exit door. Ran out of time and energy to get those out today.

Also weighed one of the seats that are the most common in our bus.
(We have 1 four legged, 1 four legged folding, 2 that were just cushions attached to the rear engine housing and then 22 - 2 legged, floor bolted and side rail bolted.)

The 22 - 2 legged variety each weigh 44 pounds. That is 968 pounds of bus seats that I muscled out by myself! Which means that the other style of seats & the 2 front partitions put my bus seat weight well over 1000 pounds. I don't know if we will reuse any seats, or just frames, or cushion, so some of that particular weight may come back on the bus.

I am happy to report that the Performax brand cut off wheels from Menards worked splendidly and never fell apart or behaved at all unsatisfactorily.
http://www.menards.com/main/tools-ha...60-c-10154.htm
The one DeWalt cut off wheel fell apart from its inner ring after 13 bolt heads. I have no idea if that is normal, good or bad, but I prefer NOT to have crap flung around from power tools.



We peeled back some of the flooring up front to see if we could get a little idea of how the subfloor is up there. It seemed in okay shape, but we couldn't see under the plywood, and it was really only a 12 inch section.
Nora bustin' out the big guns with the pry bar.


Found some rust nasties when we popped off the front edge covering.


We also started getting all those letters and reflective tape off, for eventual painting.
Lily & Nora using the razor blade scrapers.


The next goal is to demo the floor by April 27th.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:58 PM   #15
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Excellent job! Looks like you guys are handling yourselves well! Keep the updates coming!
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:29 PM   #16
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Nat & Malkieri ~ Thank you for the suggestions! Those angle grinders sure do mean business! I used ballistic eye pro from my husband, as well as thick leather gloves, and every inch of skin covered. A full face mask would be a great addition!

alwaysFlOoReD ~ I think I read that on another thread (from you!), and have that added to my demo arsenal in my brain! Luckily, all my wall and ceiling panels are screwed, rather than riveted, but I don't think I will get away without finding some rivets, somewhere that need decapitation!

Yolo ~ I tell you what, this bus took about 6 months to find. In our area, all the school corporations trade in their buses usually, rather than sell them to the public, although they do sometimes. I was looking all over the US, through Craigslist, eBay and classifieds, as well as other auction sites. Kerlin Bus, in Silver Lake, IN, was the top contender, but they wanted 12K for one similar to the one we finally found. Kerlin did have one we liked and was $5K, but it didn't have luggage compartments. I would just start watching Craigslist and eBay. Also, call all the school corporations in your area and just ask. They might be getting rid of buses or perhaps auctioning them in May/June.

Doc ~ Thanks! I am super excited to see the floor. I am hoping for 1 week to demo the floor, then 1 week to demo the walls and ceiling. At some point I need to finish "demo-ing' the "schoolbus-iness" of the outside so I can paint it!
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:28 PM   #17
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She is a 2001 International AmTran RE with a T444E engine. Her Allison transmission is either an AT542 or an AT545, not quite clear on that. She is a bit shorter than 40 ft by 8 ft wide. And she only has 99K miles on her.
We shopped for buses all over the place. Apparently none of the school districts around us auction off their buses, or not at this time when we were in need. They mostly trade in to new school bus distributors when buying their new replacements and the distributors re-sell their old ones. Unfortunately that knocked our year and style of choice up to about $12K. So, we happened to find THE one, through eBay. And only an hour and a half away. We did pay more than we were hoping. I think, in our area and for our timing, we definitely beat the $12K! Our bus was $5300 with $371 Tax. I hope this is as good a deal as I think it is.
Nice bus, I hope to get one similar. Your making great progress. I have a few questions about your engine. How is the power your getting from it? Can you get good speeds on the highway? How is your MPG (Since you only drove it an hour and a half im not sure if you will have numbers on this yet)? I will be following this thread to see how you do things, Im hoping to get a 99-02 Amtran RE and may "borrow" some of your ideas.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:12 AM   #18
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Jake~You borrow as many ideas as you want!!
Mpg - you are right, I have zero idea what she might get, since we haven't driven her long distance. I hate that, but I guess that will just have to wait.
Speeds - she does have a governor, so, until we change it, her top speed is 55 mph.
Engine performance/power - on flat roads and slight inclines she seemed to perform fabulously. On steeper uphills, her speed dropped from a good 55mph clip to 35, I think was the lowest it got. So she seems to bog down with the greater climb. I don't know anything about diesel or bus heavy vehicles, so that may be normal, or maybe not. We have a mechanic who will be giving her a thorough check up soon, so, hopefully he can tell me more. I was hoping a RE bus would have greater push, as we would like to do some mountain driving, so I hope to figure this out.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #19
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Speaking of safety, I know I've had trouble finding heavy duty work gloves for my kids at places like Home Depot, etc. Usually all I find is those cotton gardening gloves (useless). A quick search turned this up though: https://www.deerso.com/product/d70730/k ... 7Aodm1cAbQ.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:44 PM   #20
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Thanks for the link, Dan! Those look like they might work well for us!
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