After we did a MAJOR cleaning.. We took out all the seats which is a MUCH bigger job than i expected. One guy inside the bus with an air impact and one guy under the bus with a ratchet holding the nut. EACH SEAT had 6 bolts that we had to do the "in and under the bus technique" + 4 bolts mounted on the side of the seat to the inside wall which could be unbolted from the inside (10 bolts each X 7 seats = 70 bolts) . we thought we could sell them but nobody wants a bus seat that has to be mounted to a wall for it to be used. Otherwise all the rednecks around here including my dad would want them for deer stands or jon boat.
So with that said we cut the upholstery and foam off and threw it away and took the metal frames from the seats to the scrap yard. For those of you who has always wondered. each seat frame weighed around 45 lbs. With 6 full seats we were close to 300 lbs. which we got $31 bucks for at the local scrap metal yard.
We also took off the big bulky mirrors up front that are standard on most school busses. 9 mirrors was just overkill and another easy way to make me dizzy while driving.
We were going to take the entire floor up and possibly put down insulation but after peeking under the black matting there was only one piece of plywood that had some rotting to it (piece up from by the steps)
And although there is some controversy about "removing the rub rails" we decided to start taking them off. on the bigger busses rivets are the biggest hassle but on this bus about 80% of the fasteners for the rails are screws so we thought we might as well jus take them off for a better canvas for the paint job ill be doing.
Next step is electric which is a lot more complicated and complex than i originally thought. after countless hours of late night websurfing and research i still had no clue. but thanks to icnivad .. he took the time to help me better understand it.
we should be able to start this week on the framing on the inside. believe it or not this bad boy merlin will be able to sleep 6 full size adults. originally i wanted to go with metal framing on the inside but thinking more practically we're gonna go with wood.
Let me know what you guys think!