Got her home safe and sound, not an eventful drive aside from accidentally crossing the GWB into Manhattan during rush hour.
Spent some time looking over Miss Frizzle yesterday. Did more in depth testing on the 6.5 and went over every inch of the frame and undercarriage.
The engine is in great shape. Minor leak from the rear main seal, but nothing to be concerned about. I will be doing a harmonic balancer, radiator hoses and coolant flush, oil change, PMD relocation and P/S fluid flush as preventative maintenance. She will need a few brake lines fabbed up and I will replace soft lines while I am at it. I'm sure there will be some front end work judging by the looseness in the steering.
Other than that, the bus is in suprisingly good shape for being in service in the northeast. There is absolutely zero frame rot and the floor is in great shape as well. I removed the safety equipment, sealed the electricals and stuffed them back into the chassis. There is some minor rust and dent repair on the body, but nothing more than surface rust that can be wire wheeled and sealed. Here's the body stuff I am working on now:
Damage to the skins on the rear of the stairwell. Stairs seem to be intact. Don't think this will need more than some hammering and seal sealer to get back into place.
Damage to the fiberglass panel in front of the stairwell. Guess Ill be learning a new skill....
Surface rust above the stairwell. No rot or holes yet. I will grind down and seal this ASAP
This is the only spot on the van where the rust has penetrated and created a hole. I will cut this out and graft in another piece when I get a chance.
Sucks that they decided to attach the stop sign with sheet metal screws. I was searching for a thread on the preferred method to repair holes like this but didnt see anything. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Im not sure what sealer they used where the body connects to the cab, but I think its starting to degrade. I will likely remove this and reseal when I do the vinyl wrap. Any recommendations?
Looks like someone got careless backing up. This damage is on both sides of the bus. I will leave this for now until I decide what is going on with the rear of the bus. I may want a bigger door or remodel the rear end later.
The current plan is to grind down the rusted spots and seal them, repair the fiberglass and bang out the dents as well as possible, then do a vinyl wrap on the bus so I can get her on the road.
I am going to buy my buddies old tow behind RV for parts. It has the electrical system, roof mount AC unit, Propane heater and water heater, water system with sink, small microwave/stove and some interior bits. Once I have them installed, I can retitle the bus as an RV. The old trailer will then get stripped down for aluminum scrap and converted to a single car trailer for the 240 (track car).
Looking for a tow hitch that will work for me, hoping to get that in by months end so I can tow my car to the track.