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Old 09-01-2017, 04:25 AM   #1
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no metal floor...only wood

so i am just about ready to tear my old 3/4 inch plywood out, and here is the thing man - the plywood is the floor, there is no metal under it, just rails every few feet or so and the frame.

now i think i already know what im going to do, but i would like to hear some suggestions!

keep the old floor? replicate new floor with new ply? skin the bottom with sheet metal? steel? aluminum?
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:32 AM   #2
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so what your saying is, after the ply wood is removed you can see straight to the ground?? as in outside? 0.o
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:15 AM   #3
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Dory has coated plywood only. No rot and no corrosion. Seeing the problems of rust and rot and the very limited advantages of steel under wood in a moisture trapping design.
If it is factory and original then I would be very happy with it.

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Old 09-01-2017, 09:47 AM   #4
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Interesting!
I like it and it must have been the standard in the 1950's.
Personally, I would replace it either way.
Go with a green treated lumber or something a little heavier.
One inch board or even thicker plywood but, then I am a big guy.
Give it a nice water proofing sealant and rhino liner or something.
What a lot of options and how exciting.
I would have loved to have had the ability to remove the entire floor and start from scratch.
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #5
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If the plywood floor is still OK, leave it. Not having steel underneath, unlike most typical school buses, is beneficial - water cannot be trapped there and rot the wood and rust the steel. My bus, like all Crowns, also has no metal sub-floor: it has 1.5" of very dense marine ply laid straight on top of the frame rails and substructure.

Is yours a front-engine bus?

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Old 09-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #6
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I would replace the wood exactly as it was. DO NOT use green pressure treated wood. That stuff reacts with metals and causes corrosion, especially aluminum. Its is slightly toxic. And it is not properly dried like regular wood is.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:44 PM   #7
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #8
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If the plywood floor is still OK, leave it. Not having steel underneath, unlike most typical school buses, is beneficial - water cannot be trapped there and rot the wood and rust the steel. My bus, like all Crowns, also has no metal sub-floor: it has 1.5" of very dense marine ply laid straight on top of the frame rails and substructure.

Is yours a front-engine bus?

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this is a front engine bus! ill get some pics once i figure out what the best way to show this. i havent torn the floor out yet.

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My 1999 Gillig Phantom only had a wood floor. (maybe it is a California thing?) It survived living in Ohio and Michigan all this time. I just scrapped it due to many other issues!
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My 1999 Gillig Phantom only had a wood floor. (maybe it is a California thing?) It survived living in Ohio and Michigan all this time. I just scrapped it due to many other issues!
Just out of curiosity, what were those other issues? Did it have frame and body cracking?

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