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Old 06-01-2018, 12:43 AM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
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Ford e350 Shuttle Bus conversion

I recently bought a 1997 Ford e350 shuttle bus to convert to a camper. It was used at San Quinton prison to shuttle prisoners. The metal screens have been removed from the windows and I am proceeding to fortify the floor. I was surprised to learn that the floor was entirely wood, and reading some posts on this site it looks like that is not out of the ordinary. The floor seems structurally unsound (rotted out in some areas) so I asked a welder to fabricate a metal floor. His plan is to bolt it to the wood floor. Does that sound right to you conversion experts? The walls are fiberglass. Shouldn't he bolt it to the frame? Any other suggestions on how I can make this vehicle safe and sound?
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:37 AM   #2
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I would just replace the wood floor with wood. It was good enough for the factory and a million other buses on the road. Great bus, I have one that's similar.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:04 AM   #3
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Went through the same thing on my '93. Cut out the damage and replace it with wood. I believe its either 5/8 or 3/4 treated plywood. There is steel framing under the wood which supports the floor.


After I patched mine, I subfloored it with 3/4 blue board and 5/8 plywood over top. Very solid now and not overly expensive to do considering the length of floor.


I'd be sure to find your leaks before diving in too far though. Peal up all the rubber floor... I'm sure you'll find more rot.


Go metal if you want to... but not necessary.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:42 AM   #4
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Thank you for the feedback. It is great to have people who have traveled this path before me to give sage advice. Thanks and I will keep you posted!
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:49 AM   #5
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Thank you for the feedback. It is great to have people who have traveled this path before me to give sage advice. Thanks and I will keep you posted!

If you need details.. check out my build. Plenty of pictures of the process and the rot I repaired.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/93...ild-18500.html
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link to your project Mr4btTahoe its good to see another project
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