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Old 08-25-2016, 03:07 AM   #11
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Engine: 366 Big block Chevy! :) w/ Stick shift
Ha! that box next to the shifter is a "supra" key box. It is often used in rea estate where a common key can open the box and access the house keys. In this case the bus keys could he stored in the bus, and the common key would open the box.

Beautifuo Bus!

Me thinks rust and dents add beautiful character
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:11 AM   #12
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Not the supra box. .. ..the hole to right of it........
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:22 PM   #13
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Good start on your bus!
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:58 AM   #14
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Decided I'm going to do it right..........old metal floor getting ripped out, new one put in, in sections...............the rear of the bus up and around the rear wheel wells first...........
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:59 AM   #15
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Anyone happen to know the original gauge used originally by Amtran on the metal floor?
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:13 AM   #16
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OK, so the game plan: Repair and replace any cross members and the metal flooring(still don't know the exack thickness, 16th or 8th inch sheet steel), then after metal floor is fully repaired, I'm going to lay down a layer of rust inhibitor/paint to keep rust from reforming, then I'm going to lay down a layer of GRACE ice and water shield over the flooring, then a 1" layer of XPS foam(PL premium glued), and then 3/4" Advantec TnG.

I would love some feedback on this idea, specifically the GRACE ice n water shield that's normally used for roofing. Its basically like dynamat, so I was planning on doing the floor with it(possibly walls and ceiling too) for a bit extra sound insulation, and it may just add a bit extra R value too.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:24 PM   #17
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Ok......so got a gauge checker.......the bus has 14 gauge floors........a 4x10 sheet of 14 gauge is $88 bucks........so picking up 7 of those.......and 24' lengths of 2.5" square stock 1/8 inch thick is 96 bucks a stick.........the square stock will be a big upgrade over the current hat channel cross members.........
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:57 PM   #18
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These are some of the items I picked out to install into the Bus conversion:

Washer/dryer combo: Splendide 7100 XC Washer/Dryer - Platinum - Westland WDC7100XC - Washer & Dryer Combos - Camping World

Wood stove (Dwarf) 5kw/20k Btu version with the wood storage stand, direct air option and bakers oven.

https://www.tinywoodstove.com/produc...the-dwarf-5kw/

Norcold 6.3cf fridge/freezer

Norcold Refrigerator without Ice Maker 6.3 cu.ft. capacity Right hand door swing, 3 way Power - 120V AC / LP Gas / 12V - Norcold NXA641.3R - Top-Freezer Refrigerators - Camping World

3 burner range/oven

Sealed Burner Gas Range - Piezo Lite, 22" - Suburban SRSA3LBBEZ - Counter & Stove Tops - Camping World

2 person whirlpool tub w/shower head fixture

Shop Laurel Mountain Seneca Ii 71.75-in L x 41.75-in W x 23-in H 2-Person White Acrylic Hourglass Whirlpool Tub and Air Bath at Lowes.com

And of course the 2 boob tubes, going with a pair of these plus surround systems built into the walls:

LG OLED55B6P: E6 OLED 4K Smart TV w/ webOS 3.0 | LG USB

Thinking bout trying to cram a dishwasher in there too.........I will have a minimum 130 gallons worth of potable water on hand............(the 2 person Jacuzzi takes about 55 gallons to fill assuming 2 ppl soaking in it), but the big question is the power needed. I will have a 600-720 watt solar system feeding a large battery bank..........just not sure how large the battery bank needs to be to be able to run the tub in the evening for a few hours say and then run one of the theater systems after or a few appliances........

There will also be a separate 5 channel audio system up front for the driver(me), with 3 wireless cameras mounted to the bus(rear, and both sides)utilizing 3 different monitors.
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:28 PM   #19
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Year: 1995
Coachwork: AmTran/Genesis FE
Chassis: International
Engine: DT-466 mechanical
Rated Cap: 77 pass.
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How much did u pay for the bus?
Have a '95 40' with air brakes & air ride.
Looks like they don't have very good drivers out there...lol.
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:02 AM   #20
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Bout $2k for mine.
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