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Old 05-07-2016, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I have exposed the bare metal flooring.
The very rear section is pure rust.
The Rear windows, interior structures are pretty much gone from rust.
The bottom of the door is rusted but, will be removed and covered in time.
The entire last foot of the flooring is rust and needs replacement.

I purchased $700 in metal material to replace sections of flooring with 10g steel sheeting. 10g matches the original floor thickness.
Tubing to prepare for lifting the roof.
Eight Sheets of 18g sheet metal to cover the exterior walls after the lift before window purchase and installation.

Now, I need advise on replacing a few key areas of rust.
The worst spot is where the wheel well meets the wall.
There is physically a 4x10 inch rusted hole following the wheel well into the wall.
How can I, fit this?
I have material, I can weld, but need advise.

Second question,
The drivers & Stair well flooring.
That entire section of metal floor is horrible, worst on the entire bus.
Huge, deep dangerous rust spots near the stairwell, under the drivers seat and where the passenger compartment attaches to the engine compartment of the bus.

I have the material to replace the entire section but, I am unsure how to remove the old.

I plan to add angle iron to help brace the new floor before the replacement 10g flooring goes in. I am just not sure how to remove it. Any help would be great.

Third and last question.
Interior wall lower section. I see they are riveted but I don't think the rivets match up with the exterior rivets on the body. Can I grind the rivets and remove the bottom section of the interior walls? The section where the seats mount to the walls.

Thanks in advance for the help and I am sorry it is just a long post.
DLJIII

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Old 05-07-2016, 11:06 PM   #2
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It sounds as if you're looking for advice on forming the new metal to match the original contours in those rusted areas. Could you add some pictures so we see what you're working with?
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For some reason it will not allow me to attach a picture.
It is on the interior, where the wheel well meets the interior wall.
It follows the rounded shape of the wheel well from the floor about four inches up along the wall.
It is completely rusted through and I can see the exterior sheet from the interior of the bus.
Banana shaped rust hole.
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For some reason it will not allow me to attach a picture.
It is on the interior, where the wheel well meets the interior wall.
It follows the rounded shape of the wheel well from the floor about four inches up along the wall.
It is completely rusted through and I can see the exterior sheet from the interior of the bus.
Banana shaped rust hole.


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This is my not bus but, the red highlighted area is where the interior wall is rusted through.

It follows the wheel well partially up the curve and corner base.

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Let me know what you think.

I am unsure how to fix this.
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This is my not bus but, the red highlighted area is where the interior wall is rusted through.

It follows the wheel well partially up the curve and corner base.

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Let me know what you think.

I am unsure how to fix this.
So its the actual chair rail that's rusted out?
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Old 05-08-2016, 11:34 AM   #7
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No, it doesn't extend to the seat rail, its about 4 inches tall from the floor and wheel well. A very awkward spot, I can patch flat panels.
I am just unsure how to patch that corner section especially when it curves up along the wheel well.
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:15 PM   #8
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Sorry about the delay.

This is the hole in question.

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Are you wanting to do a structural repair or just cosmetic?
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Yes both.
Structural and cosmetic.

So far my idea is to cut the rusted areas out completely.
Weld angle iron as a frame structure.
Then replace the cut outs with sheet steel.
If there is a better or easier way please let me know.
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