I know everyone likes pictures, so I've been trying to take a bunch - sorry if the page takes awhile to load!
All but 4 bus seats and a few misc car parts are all gone to the scrap yard. $87.40 for 940 lbs of steel! Pretty much paid for lunch and the gas to get to and from the yard at least. It took almost 4 hours, a good old fashioned rubber mallet and a box cutter to dismantle the seats. With this bus it seems like the more complicated the tool, the less you get done. Brute force, patience and trial and error are the fastest way. It's an old bus and she likes things done the old fashioned way apparently!
We pulled up the curved bottom edge to the floor - "coving" so I've learned; and ho-lee-s#$%!! What a process. Angle grinder took care of some of the gulmite screws holding it to the chair rail, floor scraper dealt with the adhesive and staples holding it to the wood floor but really the easiest and fastest way to get rid of it was that rubber mallet again and a prybar. There was a gap between the plywood and the inner skin of the body so we great foamed there and in the holes in the floor from the bus seats. We had planned on taking up the entire rubber floor, but it doesn't smell and is if nothing else a tiny barrier between the floor and the wood, and is an absolute nightmare to remove, so we left about 3/4 of it. Putting in the rest of the sub floor today, and possibly starting on the click floor tonight.
A few notes about this bus:
I haven't found single a rivet yet. Just about everything is done with Gulmite screws. http://www.nomadicista.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1270
So far all we've needed to get rid of them is the angle grinder and mallet.
The "inner skin" of the bus you see in pictures is not the inner skin at all. Below the chair rail is the inner skin, so there are walls, about an inch gap, the inner skin, then about an 1"+ to the exterior body of the bus. There is a big gap between the ceiling panels and the actual roof also. I would love to insulate these areas with spray foam at some point, but the thought of pulling all that apart is scary.
I'm trying to post pictures in order but photobucket likes to do things it's own way.
First off, this is the rear bumper - does anyone know what this is?
2nd question - I want to be able to pull a trailer or car 4 down. From what I can tell, mounting a class 3 hitch to the bottom of the trunk probably isn't the best idea in the world. The bumper and trunk bottom are so low, and my truck is so high (the bottom of the doors are 24" off the ground) that I am really stumped. Clearly i need a smaller vehicle to tow, but how the hell would I tow it in the first place is the real question.
Only way I know to tow a truck like this is on a trailer... The trailer we have now plus the truck is 7500lbs even. The trailer is too small to hold the truck anyway, so we either need a bigger one or a different vehicle.
Sometimes working at night isn't so bad:
Trying to remove the coving:
Part of the remaining coving on the left, the chair rail, inner skin and the original wood floor (before we cleaned it)
The wig wag! When your air pressure starts to drop, the wig wag falls. Stays tucked up to the left if you're good to go.
We've been having great weather to work on the bus, sunny with little puffy clouds. Then you see these in the sky and after a couple hours it's cloudy. Yuck.
Found a little friend while I was stripping seats:
I tried not to make a mess with the seats but...
This is what they looked like under the foam. I didn't pull off the wood and leather for the scrap yard, I was just too tired.
At the scrap yard - never been to one like this so i thought it was fascinating.
Bye bye seats!
Belly of the Beast - that wood cover is probably 1.5" thick.
Working on the sub floor:
Making sure it fits:
Eventually I'll post some pictures of our trip from picking up the bus, but I have to get back to work. Clock is ticking!