Thanks! Not that I'm not just a bit freaked out at the moment. Sitting in the driver's seat one thinks (beyond "I get to work the door!") damn, is this thing BIG! I've checked the archives, and it seems that people do many different things (surprise!). I think I'll likely use plywood for the repairs or rebuild of the floor.
In terms of condition, she's all cleared of seats, the floors are soft in spots, but other than that the bus seems very sound. It's in such decent shape that my plans for beadboarding the walls have changed, and I think I'm just going to clean and paint them. I kind of like the rivets look and the steel rail where the seats were mounted will come in handy. The ceiling paint is fine, but doesn't match my long-term color scheme
Anybody ever just gone to a truck wash and used their pressure wash hose to clean the inside of your bus? I'm thinking that might be a good idea, but I'm a bit worried about the wiring and lights, so would avoid the ceiling. But it would be great for the floor, walls, and glass, no?
I plan on using her for recreational trips--Burning Man 05 for her big launch date, but then oystering with the gang here in Washington, as travel vehicle to triathlons, concerts, and such, and the occasional solitude-seeking writing trip to the Oregon Coast, or the Madison River, or whatnot. My dad is a crazy flyfisher, so we'll be putting some fishing miles on her, too.
So I want clean, easy, and simple. Gotta handle dirt roads, wet waders, and muddy folks. I'm thinking of tearing out all the old flooring (but if it's just bad in spots then replacing just those). I don't know what to expect under the wood. Over the wood subfloor I'll put a thin sheet of insulation material and then a t&g or pergo-type wood floor running the length of the bus. I plan on framing in either 2 closets or a closet and bathroom (might be required for RV lic. in WA, but other than that am debating if it's worth the trouble of installation and maintenance, although a shower would sure be nice) over/around the rear wheel wells, and having the rear section thus defined being the bedroom. Midships will be a kitchen with stove and sink cabinet and behind on the other wall (probably passenger side) will likely be a fold-down table for extra cooking space and to eat, forming a galley kitchen. In front of that, living room and eating space, with probably a futon for seating/sleeping and some chairs mounted (on pedastals?) for navigator and others. Maybe 4 seats like that, reclaimed from a car.
I'll put together some pics as I go along, and probably put them on a website. This is clearly a dangerous obsession! I'm already thinking floorplans in my sleep.