So we are starting the build on our new bus! She's a 2000 Carpenter CT-2, T444E, 65k miles, 5 speed Spicer transmission. Bus was only used as a training vehicle for the drivers to learn stick. The clutch has been replaced once. Here is how it looked as of 4 or 5 days ago:
Emily sitting up front..
In all her glory.
I made the mistake of telling my insurance it would be used for conversion and they wouldn't even give me a temporary commercial policy on it. I drove it home without plates or insurance from Maryland to New York, about 250 miles, in 8 hours. There is a governor set to 55mph, although I suspect she has a bit more power left as I frequently hear the engine kicking out at highway speeds. I almost peed my pants when I found myself driving on a truck-prohibited highway ... I barely cleared a bridge that was 9'9" before I was able to get off. I did get home safely though.
We've started removing the seats, cleaning, and painting ... I will upload more pictures of the progress as soon as I'm physically at a computer. I was caught off guard when I saw this, though:
It's hard to see but I have no plywood underneath my floor. Zero. There is only one thin layer of floor and it looks like it's made of some type of resistant rubber or plastic. There is no metal. All of the builds I have seen had multiple layers to strip down before hitting bottom.
Here it is from the bottom:
Realistically, it should be easier because I have nothing to rust proof. We can start laying insulation as soon as we clear out the interior and patch the holes. Are there any drawbacks to this material?
Anway, we are taking a vacation at her summer cottage this weekend so won't complete anything else until next week.
Feedback is appreciated!!