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Old 10-01-2015, 08:48 PM   #11
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Roach- awesome. Thank you very much ! I will be referencing your build frequently for ideas, and you, sir, are a craftsman in every way. I know that my conversion won't be anywhere near as nice as yours, but I'm going to do the best that I can with the skills the Great Spirit gave me and learn the rest along the way.
I have just enough carpentry, Metalworking, welding and electrical skills to be dangerous. Fortunately, I'm pretty handy with automotive mechanics of the non-pesky computer type.

I have a unique problem with the floor. . . . I desperately want to remove it, but the wheelchair securement positions I need. My wife, although ambulatory with crutches, has a powerchair. Our best friend has one also, however he is completely dependant upon it for mobility.

I plan on attempting to build a wheelchair accessible camper for these reasons, and the amount crud a powerchair can drag indoors is impressive. I'm tempted to just leave the bus floor intact, but living in Wisconsin dictates insulation. Thus, the quandary.

I'm open to hearing everyone's thoughts on this.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:26 PM   #12
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Thanks, but your metalworking and welding skills mean you're more rounded than I am. There's really nothing I did that any decent carpenter couldn't do. Pretty wood makes a pretty cabinet.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:46 PM   #13
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Aftermarket wheelchair tie-downs are easily (but maybe not cheaply) available. My floor is 3/4" poly-iso insulation board covered by 3/4" t&g flake board.



I put 3/4" x 3/4" wood runners under the flake board to keep the insulation board from crushing but probably didn't need to. Where the passenger seat bolts to the floor I substituted plywood (not shown here) for the insulation board so the seat bolts wouldn't compress the insulation. That's what I would do where you want to install your chair tie-downs so you'll have both insulation and solid wood to bolt to.

As for keeping the floor clean, I'm not sure that's possible.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:31 PM   #14
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Ok , here's the pics I have thus far. Nothing to fancy, and partially obscured by the fact that she was sitting in a TINY used car lot. The seller is delivering it Saturday morning (BEFORE I've even paid for it ! )

I'll have better shots then.




That rear door is going to need a LOT of work . . . .
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:32 PM   #15
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Edit : Nothing too fancy. . . . My finger slipped off the key too quickly.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:35 PM   #16
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Looks like a nice shuttle. Except the bumper and rear door look like they were pulled from the Titanic!
I'm sure you aren't too worried about em, I'm just pokin fun...
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:50 PM   #17
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EastCoast, If you think that the rear door is bad, wait until you see the front doors ! They're held closed with bungee straps, and the aft door falls off of its pedestal rather easily. The stairs are pretty much FUBAR, so that's probably going to be one the first projects: cut out the rot, find someone with a metal brake and have new stairs bent, build a frame out of square stock, and cut and weld !
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:01 PM   #18
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Your bus body looks identical to mine. Nice that you don't have a bunch of vinyl stickers to remove.

Door and bumper may look worse than they are. A little TLC and they may be just fine.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:21 PM   #19
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The bumper I'm pretty sure is just surface rust. A couple of hits with the wire wheel or grinder and some Rustoleum should take care of it nicely. One thing that I do want is a full wrap around push bumper/ grille guard for the front. Wisconsin deer are BIG !

One of my assets is the fact that half of the guys on my fire department ( including the Chief) work at a stainless steel fabrication shop that also happens to build fire trucks. If they can't point me in the direction of where to get something, they could probably fabricate it.
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:25 PM   #20
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At least the fiberglass hasn't started to rust yet.
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