I next tackled the passenger's side mat. This time, I started from the rear of the bus. Don't know why... Kinda wish I hadn't! There was an extraordinary mess of mold and mildew under the rear quarter of rubber. It was utterly revolting!
When the mat was finally up, I decided to bring in some backup... My trusty R2 unit. This little shop vac is awesome. He did his job and got rid of the left over dust that the broom couldn't handle. These units are indispensable when dealing with the finer messes.
Near the front of the passenger's side, I found this plate. Could someone remind me what it covers and if it's important to leave accessible?
The last thing I wanted to do before leaving was remove the entry wall on the passenger's side. It was just too restrictive coming inside and around that damned thing. Plus, it was ugly as sin too!
I figured, it wouldn't take too long. Only a couple of screws to remove and a couple of bolts to grind off. No big deal, right? Five minute job tops.
The screws all came out super easily since they'd been soaked with PB Blast a couple weeks earlier, and it took all of two minutes to grind down the bolt heads on the center brace. So far so good.
So, with all the fasteners removed, it should be a simple thing to break the caulking/glue around the center brace and carry the thing out the door and into the waiting trailer.... Um.... Damn! What's holding this thing in place?!!?!
After rocking and rolling and pushing and shoving and twisting and cursing... I finally gave up and fell back to superior fire power.
Take THAT you stubborn piece of...
I resorted to prying the center post open with the hammer to finally find the reason it wouldn't come up. TWO MORE BOLTS HIDDEN INSIDE THE FRACKIN' CENTER BRACE!!!!!
What freakin' sadist puts bolts INSIDE a freakin' support?!?! WHY?!? Were they afraid some kid was going to unscrew them - while sitting less than three feet from the driver? Were they afraid the two on the outside weren't going to hold? If so, why not just add some to the OUTSIDE like every other stinkin bolt in that bus?!? What's this supposed to be... some jolly roger treasure hunt????????????
Yeah! I got yer number buddy! You want summadis? My grinder made mince meat (or metal dust) out of that stubborn little so-n-so! Take That Buddy!
Yeah, I felt much better after that.
FINALLY finished, here's all that's left of the stupid wall.
Man! Hope the rest of the bus cooperates more than that thing did.
I gotta go do some more work.
More pics later guys, I promise!