So here's the update...
There isn't one! Pulling up the rubber floor in this thing is a nightmare. Whatever they used oh so close to 40 years ago must have been a combination of magic and permanence because this stuff just does not want to leave. On the plus side, the plywood below looks very good.
The plan for today is to remove the curved metal sheeting that runs from the chair rail to the floor. It is screwed into the chair rail, stapled, and some kind of red glue was used to seal it down. Once that is removed we can pull the rest of the remaining rubber up, fill the holes left by the seats and start putting in the plywood and then the flooring, as well as start framing stuff out. We are using the click together wood laminate flooring (it looks like clip board material on one side) in entire bus except the bathroom which will be tile. Any suggestions as the best way to put this stuff in?
We'll also be separating the seats today to take to the scrap yard. Hopefully we'll get a couple bucks we can put back into the bus.
The original plan was to remove the inner skins on the walls and ceiling, insulate, then recover everything. This plan has now changed based solely on the fact that this bus is built like a brick s%#t house! Instead we will frame out the walls and insulate the space available. As a temporary fix for the ceiling we are going to carpet over it. Once we've traveled some and gotten life more sorted out we may revisit the ceiling (especially if we decide later to spend any significant time in New England in winter!). We've also decided to keep the rear heater in place (just clean it up really well) since it's not in the way and still works. Next two weeks are going to be a challenge!
Sorry if these pictures are huge guys, photobucket is not being very cooperative!