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Old 10-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #21
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As far as covering floor holes, why couldn't you fill the holes with sealant then just cover the holes with speed tape, speed tape is metal tape we put on commercial aircraft that has metal damage and is rated up to 600 mph, then cover with your flooring, I have seen metal tape in hardware stores
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #22
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For the holes in the floor, I think i just cut up a bunch of sheet metal patches and siliconed them in place, after I had painted the floor and painted the patches seperately.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:54 AM   #23
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Heck yea Montgomery. There is a lot more rust in Maryland than I thought. Under the floor I. Had a bunch of rust spots. Good buses though. Congrats.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #24
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Recent progress:

STILL removing adhesive from the letters / numbers / reflectors. Acetone evaporates too quickly.



Excuse the dirt / oil blow by smudges, but I bought a rivet gun (pneumatic, love it) and drilled out the old rivets in this engine door. Several were loose and they just seemed undersize for what they were doing and the vibrations they incur. So I drilled out / re-riveted the existing holes with 1/4" rivets and drilled extra holes in the middle where there were supports behind but the sheet metal wasn't riveted to it, causing rattles. Tested it out, drastically reduced rattling.



I initially started today removing lights and speakers and trim with the intentions of dropping at least a few ceiling panels to check out what nastiness lies within, but somehow or another I ended up removing the floor instead. So I did that. It was surprisingly easy, actually.









I'd say I got 75% of the rubber flooring out. I had to remove the base "trim" that holds it on, and the cover for the heater piping that runs along the drivers side, the length of the bus. Why, oh why, did this have to be run this way. One more thing for me to do, move this BS to under the bus.

The rubber sheet came up easy due to ALL THE RUST. The flooring left in the pictures is being held down by glue. The rest just pulled right up. So next step is remove the rest of the rubber, which I will do with chisels, air chisels, paint scrapers and hammers, and vacuum the floor, then wire brush, then vacuum again, then pour that rust dissolver stuff on it, then sweep it, then vacuum again, then put on a THICK coat of rustoleum rusty metal primer. Maybe 2 coats. Then some thick tough topcoat. I've got my work cut out for me.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:57 AM   #25
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Yuck. The floor restoration was the worst part of the job for me. But there's no way around it. I suggest you cover your driver seat, dash and electrical console with a drop cloth or something before you start sanding. That dust gets all over everything.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #26
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keep your chin up, real friends will show up, just takes time...

and it is fresh to hear that there is an issue with young people nowadays....from a young man...way to stand up and kick them in the nutz

your young, and have an entire country ahead of you to explore...drive on and enjoy the journey
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:52 AM   #27
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Yuck! I have this to look forward to when I remove my floor.

I used Goo Gone and steel wool in the heat to remove my adhesive. I started out in the shade until I relized that the sun;s heat helped.
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I initially started today removing lights and speakers and trim with the intentions of dropping at least a few ceiling panels to check out what nastiness lies within, but somehow or another I ended up removing the floor instead. So I did that. It was surprisingly easy, actually.
I read your whole post, but this part was awesome. I can relate!!! I go out to finish my cabinets, and next thing I know I'm under my bus trying to figure out how my gray tank in between the fram rails. I don't even know how it happens, it's a phenomenon.

Anywho, you're kicking ass. I love that you are out there breaking the stereotype. It sucks you don't have someone to help you, though. Most of my work has been by myself, but people are available IF I ask. My Dad has really enjoyed helping out here and there. Keep at it and I bet a few will start to show interest as they see it take shape. They just lack vision and need to see it start to take shape before they "get it".

If I have any advice, it would be to pace yourself. You don't want to hit it so hard that you burn yourself out, yet you don't want to then back off to the point that you don't see steady progress and start to lose interest. When I am working on something, and I start making stupid mistakes, it's time to call it a night. It's when I try to power through that I make worse mistakes which can takes hours to repair and just further promotes burnout. You eventually get into a rythym and figure your pace out, then things really start to move. This is going to sound horrifically cheesy, and I apologize, but this bus is going to teach you amazing things about life, perseverance, and how to be a shaker and a mover. You are going to be light years ahead of your friends, because you are figuring out how to APPLY knowledge. Enough of my rambling
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Great bus! Thanks for posting so many photos along the way too.. I'll be picking up a skoolie in just about two weeks here, so it's awesome to check out what I'm in store for - kind of sets the mind at ease.

No name yet... I clicked on this thread straight away based on the title. "Teen Spirit" would be an AMAZING NAME!!! Especially for you, dudeski. Cheers.
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I initially started today removing lights and speakers and trim with the intentions of dropping at least a few ceiling panels to check out what nastiness lies within, but somehow or another I ended up removing the floor instead. So I did that. It was surprisingly easy, actually.
I read your whole post, but this part was awesome. I can relate!!! I go out to finish my cabinets, and next thing I know I'm under my bus trying to figure out how my gray tank in between the fram rails. I don't even know how it happens, it's a phenomenon.

Anywho, you're kicking ass. I love that you are out there breaking the stereotype. It sucks you don't have someone to help you, though. Most of my work has been by myself, but people are available IF I ask. My Dad has really enjoyed helping out here and there. Keep at it and I bet a few will start to show interest as they see it take shape. They just lack vision and need to see it start to take shape before they "get it".

If I have any advice, it would be to pace yourself. You don't want to hit it so hard that you burn yourself out, yet you don't want to then back off to the point that you don't see steady progress and start to lose interest. When I am working on something, and I start making stupid mistakes, it's time to call it a night. It's when I try to power through that I make worse mistakes which can takes hours to repair and just further promotes burnout. You eventually get into a rythym and figure your pace out, then things really start to move. This is going to sound horrifically cheesy, and I apologize, but this bus is going to teach you amazing things about life, perseverance, and how to be a shaker and a mover. You are going to be light years ahead of your friends, because you are figuring out how to APPLY knowledge. Enough of my rambling
Hah thanks. I have a couple of people who will help me if I ask. Few, if any, will jump up and volunteer though. I do have a tendency to dive headfirst into a project and work myself to the bone, but continue to do so the whole way through. I usually stop after I've made a few dumb mistakes. Though since I'm in the demolition phase now, the mistakes are usually injuries. I've restored a truck before, which included a full engine rebuild, transmission work, extensive bodywork and rust repair, custom building an entire exhaust, repainting and electrical work, and I know I am capable of seeing a project through to the end. I know a lot of "idea guys" who will start with a great idea and never finish it, I am not one of those.

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Great bus! Thanks for posting so many photos along the way too.. I'll be picking up a skoolie in just about two weeks here, so it's awesome to check out what I'm in store for - kind of sets the mind at ease.

No name yet... I clicked on this thread straight away based on the title. "Teen Spirit" would be an AMAZING NAME!!! Especially for you, dudeski. Cheers.
"Teen spirit" is the name of a 90's female deodorant...the reason the Nirvana song is called that is because one of Kurt Cobain's female friends was jealous of the girl he was with, who wore "teen spirit" deodorant, and spraypainted on his bedroom wall "Kurt smells like teen spirit" and he liked that phrase, and named the ever-popular grunge song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The more you know. So no, I won't name it that, haha. But thanks.

I want to get a vanity plate that says something like GETSKLD or KOOLBUS or something (MD has 7 digit plate max). But I'm not registering this for a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.
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