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Old 02-07-2019, 10:40 PM   #1
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I figured I'd start a thread for my bus build, as that's what folks seem to do to keep track of their progress. I've had the bus for a few weeks now, and am well into the demo process (as much as time allows working full time). So far, the seats are out, one of the seatbelt racks above the windows is down (thanks OnTheRoadW/TheLord for the tips!), and the floor is starting to be ripped up.

Tonight I tackled removal of the wheelchair lift, which was a pain, but it's done! I also started to see how bad peeling up the rubber would be. It's not too bad, thankfully. That said, I've elected to leave the L Tracks in the floor, and remove everything else to clean any rust and start over with a new floor. Working around them will be somewhat difficult, but nowhere near as bad as removing the L Tracks, which is proving very difficult, and in my opinion just not worth the effort.

Anyway, here's a picture from tonight's work session. I managed to get the 8 bolts for the lift out without needing to break or cut any of them! Now to just figure out who wants to come get this thing out of the bus...

For reference (mostly mine), some other threads for this bus:
Intro: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f6/hel...sey-25665.html
Bus Background: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/03...ice-25443.html
Floor Fun: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/co...elp-25649.html
Tentative Floor Plans: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/fl...tie-25559.html
Propane Questions: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/wh...ers-25794.html
Lithium Battery Questions: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f49/li...ons-25694.html

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:22 PM   #2
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I've been working on the floor the past few nights. I have the wheelchair lift ready to remove when someone comes to pick it up, and tonight I removed the rear heater. I'm likely not going to reinstall the rear heater. If not is there any value in those?

I also got most of the rubber up and took an initial look at getting the torx 30 screws holding the plywood down to see how ugly that's going to be. Thankfully about 80% seemed to come up on the first sheet I tried. Any tips on getting the others out? The torx 30 bit seems like it's going to strip... The screws are just really tight. Looking for ideas before I try drilling them out as I suspect there may be quite a few like this throughout the rest of the bus.

I suppose I could see how much of the plywood I can get up and just saw off the rest...

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Old 02-10-2019, 08:59 AM   #3
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when i pulled up my flooring I just used large prybars and popped the sheets up "through" the screws then sheared them off with an air chisel/ angle grinder.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:21 AM   #4
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when i pulled up my flooring I just used large prybars and popped the sheets up "through" the screws then sheared them off with an air chisel/ angle grinder.
We tried a few different methods and tools.

What worked best for us was pretty much what you described. I found that a 4' pry bar with a claw end was the dream tool for the job.

Keep the updats coming.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:22 PM   #5
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Sounds good - right now I just have a crowbar, but if that's not good enough, I'll see if someone has a bar like you mention. Didn't get any time in the bus today, and they're calling for snow the next two days, so it may be a little while...
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:06 PM   #6
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I started pulling up plywood tonight, and wow it's stuck on the floor steel really well. I accidentally put a hole in the sheet steel under it trying to pry up one piece - just another hole that'll have to be patched, I guess. Any tricks for getting up the plywood any easier without potentially damaging the floor below? I don't know if I'm lucky, but the galvanized is in great shape except along the edges so far! I'm hoping to not destroy it while destroying the plywood, which is coming out in splinters so far. If nothing else, I guess a lot of time and elbow grease... I'm not proficient in metalworking, so the less metal repair/replace I need to do, the better.

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Old 02-19-2019, 10:15 PM   #7
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Take a circular saw and set it to the depth of the ply wood.Run a line from one end to the other just missing the heads of the screws/nail/bolts holding the ply wood down. Lift up the big pieces of ply and pry whats left from the hardware. You're at one of the funnest parts of the build.
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Take a circular saw and set it to the depth of the ply wood.Run a line from one end to the other just missing the heads of the screws/nail/bolts holding the ply wood down. Lift up the big pieces of ply and pry whats left from the hardware. You're at one of the funnest parts of the build.
Wow - I wish I had thought of that myself -- thanks, @o1marc!! I got only about an hour to spend on the bus this evening, and got a good chunk of the floor up using this approach. Hopefully tomorrow or the next day I'll get the rest of the plywood up and start tackling the L tracks (the saws-all is at my dad's place currently).

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