I can't wait to dive into converting my bus. But since I'm mechanically ignorant, having someone knowledgeable in all things mechanical look at the bus first is a must. This will be my new home. I won't be able to afford the mistake of buying a clunker that will leave me stranded in the outback (or even on a busy freeway).
The suggestion of clearing out the seats only seemed logical if the "inspector" is going to pull find "all" the rust. There's plenty of photos in here of rot and decay that was hidden by the rubber mats and amidst the fiberglass batting within the humid interior of the bus hull.
Having someone properly repair said damage would be invaluable in the long run. Don't know if it'd be a viable business, though. Not sure how many people doing conversions that would have the know-how or time for the learning curve. I'd pay a professional to do it so I could get into the actual build, though. I'm all about building.
Not so much the destruction.