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Old 11-04-2012, 11:10 AM   #31
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Was discussing a similar situation with a friend recently. My buses interior sheetmetal was treated with old fashioned asphalt. Did a great job of preventing rust but a monster to remove, plus it flames of anytime you are welding. He said he'd had good luck freezing it (he's an engineer and had access to some liquid nitrogen)...then it separated from the metal and chipped off easily. Said it could be done with ice but he's not that patient. Didn't help in my case cause the stuff is only on the inside between the interior & exterior skins and you just can't get to it. Wound up having pretty good luck using a twisted wire wheel on my 4.5" grinder where I could reach it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #32
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Tango makes a good point about the asphalt. I know you said your bus had a rubber floor covering but who knows, maybe it was put down with tar like the rubber mats were in our old busses. Grab a heat gun and see if the stuff melts easily. If so you would be in luck.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #33
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Tango, if your bus is a '46 they might of used coal tar, which you wouldn't want to breath if you're burning steel. Not that I know about buses, but I do know they used it on ships of that era.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:16 AM   #34
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BusBro --- thanks for the tip...could well be. It's smart to remember that there was a lot of stuff commonly used "way back when" that is toxic or a controlled substance these days. I can still remember my Dad buying little cans of hydrogen cyanide at the hardware store to eliminate ant mounds. Same stuff they used in most gas chambers. Try asking for some today and they'll call Homeland Security. And...if you come across any old stuffed animals at yard sales or antique shops...be aware that the older skins were treated using arsenic, mercury and all kinds of potentially lethal compounds. You don't even want to touch them. Just remember...the term "Mad as a Hatter" came from the real world. The poor suckers working in that trade handled mercury all day long and eventually went seriously bonkers. Kinda' like the Romans adding lead to make "sweet wine"...
hey...who knew?

Gotta' wonder what all from our times will be banned in the future...

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:03 PM   #35
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Probably SKOOLIES as they cause serious bouts of bad judgement and loose spending for most of us
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:14 PM   #36
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Found a tool at Home Depot for $30 that is like a shovel with a blade on it and a foot bar. I am seriously considering the purchase but then I will have to sell it after as I'm sure I won't have further need for it. Maybe chopping roots?

Have considered just leaving the rubber as someone suggested but I hear popping when I walk on certain spots and I 'need' to see what's under there. So, tedious as it might be I'm at least going to get the rubber off, if not the glue. 6" strip at a time if that's what it'll give me.

And a heat gun might be good, but I have no electric where it is at the moment. Liquid nitrogen I think I'll leave alone.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:47 PM   #37
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Probably SKOOLIES as they cause serious bouts of bad judgement and loose spending for most of us
I'll second that
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #38
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Asked the woman at Home Depot if I could buy carpet only, without the installation. She said of course, but it would be better to have them install at only $37. I said, but do you do install in a school bus? She just sort of smiled and said 'no'. But then she was interested in what I was doing and showed me a lot of stuff. I'm getting a big kick out of the reactions I get from people.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #39
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Using the small chisel I was using to test what was under there. Me and another person chipping away for several minutes at 2x5" pieces at a time.

Bought a shovel size scraping tool at Home Depot. (only because I won some money in a costume contest) Bigger chunks coming off, still tedious some. Seemed to triple the size of chunks in less time frame.

I'll need to invest in Ben-Gay for sure.

Oh and bought a stove top online, new swap out from a dealer, with some of the money.

Still messing with DMV on the correct VIN# for the title.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #40
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OKey.. and I couldn't resist playing with the drawing program.

sort of the idea. The front 10' is going to be sewing room. Fold out cutting board from the one sideboard and a closet with fold down ironing board next to it.
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