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Old 02-01-2016, 11:26 AM   #11
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I pulled the metal off (taking it to the scrap yard I guess?) and removed the insulation. I have the flooring mostly up. Pulling the metal off, I wondered if I had done this needlessly, as the insulation was in good shape. The flooring however, proved that this was the right decision, as it was wet, rotten, and smelled awful

My goal this week is to pull all the floor up, hit it with the grinder, seal it, and hit it with Ospho. Maybe even get a coat of rustoleum on it if I have time.

Question The next big decision will be what to use for flooring and walls. I want to try and strike a good balance between easy to clean and maintain, and aesthetically pleasing. Options I've considered are: rhinolining the floor, laminate flooring, the puzzle-piece style flooring, hardwood, etc.

I'm looking for something that doesn't add a ton of height (I can barely stand up all the way now). Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:28 AM   #12
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Random question.

There is a piece of metal that seems more attached to the bus than the panels were. It is almost a sort of baseboard, it's riveted down to the floorboards and comes up about a foot with a few inches of space between it and the outer wall, with some insulation in between. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Can I remove this? I can take pictures if people don't know what I mean
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Its the chair rail. Leave that, its actually structural.
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I pulled the metal off (taking it to the scrap yard I guess?) and removed the insulation. I have the flooring mostly up. Pulling the metal off, I wondered if I had done this needlessly, as the insulation was in good shape.
Never consider it needless. Even if the batting looks good, it's still a breeding site for future mold growth. Plus, it frankly sucks when it comes to retaining heat/ac.
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:38 PM   #15
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Its the chair rail. Leave that, its actually structural.
Awesome thanks!

Any advice on how to insulate around it? Can I drop foam behind it or will the giant piece of metal disrupt the thermal break?
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I'm going to put foam block down there, and go from there.
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Made some good progress last night. Got all the subflooring ripped out, everything but the front and back panels off, and started to look at the floor.

These holes is right above a battery (not sure if it came with the bus originally or was put in later, I'd like to move it if possible). I'm wondering if battery acid played a role.

http://imgur.com/1UvsmVo

http://imgur.com/qfSxM06

I hit it with the wire brush and it cleaned up pretty well. Hopefully I'll have the floor treated and painted soon.


Plan now is to: wire brush bad rust -> clean with TSP (is this also a degreaser?) -> treat with Ospho -> paint

Also, I want to take the driver's seat out, but the seat bolts have a weird metal cap right on the bolt. Anyone know anything about these?
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