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Old 11-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #451
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Looks freaking awesome! Can't wait to watch this bus come together.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:06 PM   #452
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Got home early to start ripping up the floor. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Can't wait to start building the RV part of this conversion.



Durango surveying the work area.



I picked up this tool, a shingle stripper. Sharpened the end and used it to remove the foam that was still glued to the engine cover.



I was hoping this would get the rubber up also, but the glue is too hard. I tried using my heat gun to soften the glue, it worked, by very slow process.



The passenger side had more rust, one spot at the wheel well is rusted through. The rubber that is left I could not get up.



I tried pulling the rubber on the drivers side and it would not come up, less rust on that side. Wheel well is in very good shape.

All packed away for the drive over to porkchops. He says he has a tool that will get the rubber up, we will see. What i need is a putty knife that works in my air hammer, that would get it up.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:20 PM   #453
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Dang man, what a pain in the ass. I'm thankful mine had plywood under the rubber.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #454
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Have fun this weekend....maybe start a thread in everything called "wrench party" and post pics of what got done?
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #455
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Well it was a pain in the ass.



The air chisel worked, but was slow and only got an inch strip at a time. I used a 70 in. Tamper Head Digging Bar that weighs about 20 lbs and beat myself and the bus to death until the rubber gave up and came off. This was how Porkchop did his rubber. Of course he said when he got past the rear wheel wells it come up in big sheets.



These were the biggest sheets I got up, they where only 4" wide. Most of the rubber came up in small pieces.



Lunch break.

Four hrs later and I got the middle and passenger side done up to the front wheel well. The last 2' section did come up int one piece, I was so happy I started dancing around the bus. Sorry no photo.



Prokchop and a friend was trying to get his bus ready to do some painting, but the weather did not behave.



Here are the colors he is choosing from. The favorite is the middle green.

I worked an hour more and got past the emergency door on the drivers side. I was hoping to get all the rubber up today, but it did not happen. I noticed I did not have the energy to swing that 20 lb Digging Bar any more. I should sleep good tonight, but not looking forward to doing this again tomorrow. I think I would have more fun slaming my hand in a car door.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #456
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I decided to take a break from the pounding to get the rubber up and run some 120 VAC. It was hard but I finally decided where to cut the hole for my power inlet.







I wanted it to come into the bus, so I wouldn't have to worry about sealing the back.



I ran 10 GA from the power inlet to the distribution panel. Yes that is mold on the wall, I picked up some stuff that will get rid of it today.



I ran 12 GA to three outlets. I know it is over kill for 15 amp, but it is leftover I had on hand.





Now the bus has power. OK now the fun stuff is done, time to get busy.



Three hrs just to get from the divers side back wheel well (at bottom of photo) to the front wheel well.



The middle walkway rubber came up in one piece. Never thought I would be so happy to see rust.



Got the passenger side done all the way to the front, but I'm ready to call it a day. I still have the drivers side to finish. It is nice not to trip over all the cords I had to use before. This is temporary until I figure out where to run my outlets and where I plan to mount the distribution panel.

Edit: I almost forgot I do have a rust through I have to fix.

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Old 11-18-2013, 10:00 AM   #457
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Hang in there. Rubber flooring glued directly to the metal can be a real bear. But look at the bright side...you can cancel your gym membership without going flabby. And your floor looks better than most I've seen done that way. For some reason, the rubber seems to generate more rust than wood. And wheel wells are nearly always the weak points on these rigs so no big surprise there.

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Old 11-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #458
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After I had to rebuilt my wheel arches, I wanted to do something that with slow that happening again. I found a roll of thick plastic-which I'm pretty sure was a wall liner of an above ground pool. after all the welding + sealing, I cut a section of the plastic to width-and since it was rolled up when I got it, It already had the shape. So I have a 5 ft? continious piece of plastic covering the whole inside+ left a couple of inches on either end to hang down below the wheel arch/floor. If nothing else, It will act like a big mud flap keeping splash off the arch.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:16 PM   #459
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The main issue I have witnessed regarding rust around wheel wells has simply stemmed from the lack of sealing (i.e.; "the gap") between the well and the floor. Rotating wheels toss a lot of water up in there. I just re-installed mine (after lots of cleanup, some rust inhibitor and a little paint)...and this time the gap is thoroughly sealed using modern automotive "seam sealant". Flows nicely and when properly applied forms a truly watertight and very durable seal.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #460
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I have a similar power inlet on my bus. I've been wanting one of those right angle inlet cords for a while! Congratulations on picking the perfect combination (IMHO). I really like those marine power inlets.
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