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Old 11-29-2016, 09:00 PM   #1901
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Spent a good part of the day working on my floor. And after seeing a number of other posters pix of the same...I should probably write an "Ode to Asphalteum". Royal pain to clean up, but hey...my 70 year old floor looks like new compared to all the late model crumbling stuff I have seen here. Nothing remotely close to rust though on mine and very little in the way of even surface oxides. Too bad they didn't do a better job of applying it more evenly. Except for the big lumps here and there I probably could have just let it be.

But it does beg the question...why can't modern science and fancy chemistry seem to do nearly as good a job?

I will get a couple of pix tomorrow of that shiny antique metal.

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Old 12-01-2016, 11:19 AM   #1902
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Follow up to "Ode to Asphalteum" --- As previously noted, the floor in my 70+ year old skoolie is in remarkable condition. Granted, scraping and cleaning the old asphalt based coating is a chore but apparently the stuff protects pretty darned well as you can see below.


What little surface oxides are present are mostly from my having cleaned and left some areas exposed for a couple of years. I thought I had welded all the bolt holes but found a couple of more under the tar.


Also began work on the area where my power panel will be. Part inside and part outside via a yet to be fabbed box that will be adjacent to my Honda gennie on the rear deck.


And while I was in the neighborhood, I cut out a small area of rust through that was right at the floor line. Have to finish tacking today, then a little body filler. "Weld Through" primer has been a life saver on this project since I am working on so may things at once and can't leave any metal exposed to Houston humidity.

Back to work.

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Old 12-01-2016, 01:40 PM   #1903
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wow that floor is in amazingly good shape!! of course its probably higher quality and heavier metal than what they use nowadays.. and obviously better protected than shoving soon-to-be-moisture-laden plywood into the floor of a bus...

I remember as kid / teen riding the school bus that in heavy heavy rains even our brand new busses leaked water down to the floor from the windows...

im guessing its been an issue with skoolie windows all along so in your bus they got ready for it by protecting the heck out of the metal!
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Old 12-01-2016, 06:16 PM   #1904
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Yeah...skoolie windows have always been a problem. The originals on mine dropped down inside the walls along with tons of water. The coachmakers clever solution was to simply drill big holes in the brackets at the bottom and let it drain out that way. Problem there was that dust and dirt clogged the holes and by the time I got the bus, all of the brackets had totally rusted away.

But...that may be what saved the floor. Along with the asphalteum.
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Old 12-01-2016, 06:44 PM   #1905
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GM used the same technique for the window seals on cars!!.. the infamous drip-dry body they called it... holes in the bottom of the body that if werent clogged by dirt surely were if you Ziebarted your car.. (which alot of people did in the 70s and 80s)...

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Old 12-01-2016, 08:24 PM   #1906
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Tango, what a fine project! I can hardly wait for a chance together to compare notes. I know that the last thing I should be thinking about is another ancient bus project but somehow I keep a keen eye out for one anyway. Over the last year or so I have found none. Hopefully, we are not at the end of the line for these old gals!

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Old 12-01-2016, 10:32 PM   #1907
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Hang in there Jack. Hope springs eternal for that one, amazing "Barn Find"! Besides...you have way too much time on your hands.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:01 AM   #1908
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Nice bus I would love to stop by and see it on my way out of town. You do some amazing work.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:48 AM   #1909
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Hey Syntax...feel free to stop by. Just PM me and we can try to sort out timing. The rest of you folks are welcome as well. I am headed there now so I won't get email until tonight. My phone is nearly as old as my bus and only makes phone calls.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:21 PM   #1910
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Its too late now but I got a trick that MAY help on the floors. Dry ice. I've prepped a few Mazda MX-5 race cars-and we have to take off the sound deadner goop in the interior. You take chunks of the stuff + set it on the tar + wait about an hour. It turns hard and can scrape it up with a putty knife. You get it right + its like scraping shingle off a roof. Wonder if it would work on older stuff.
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