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Old 01-31-2015, 04:25 PM   #21
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No real progress on the bus today. Worked on my stationary home ;)

Master bath is finally coming along

I did remove the temp tag and placed the official FL tag, though! Also, I started the engine today just to make sure.....started right up like the good ol' skoolie it is!

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Old 01-31-2015, 05:11 PM   #22
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@CB, I'd help if I could, but I'm on the opposite end of the country :P

@skoolie n00bie, this is one of the few instances in my life where I'm glad I'm 5'7", I can buy almost any bus since most minimum heights in most school buses is near the 6ft mark. Nice score through. What are your plans for it? Full working RV, camper, or ?
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:30 AM   #23
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Hey vegan!
Plan is to convert to a "weekender" RV. We're still debating on a shower ;)

Got to put in some time on the bus yesterday. Managed to finish removing the seats and rubber flooring. Don't know if because our is an older bus, of what not, but there was no plywood, just glued rubber:


I found only one little corner that was rusted through. I banged the whole floor with a sledge hammer, nothing else gave in


Next: clean the rust nicely inside and out, prep the outside, treat rust in and out. I just need to find a good rust converter....

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Old 02-02-2015, 07:53 AM   #24
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I wish I had a better picture of the rear door's "electrical anti theft"

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Old 02-02-2015, 07:55 AM   #25
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Wards didn't come with plywood floors in our buses' era at least.
Mine had none, and I am VERY glad!
Man, its cool to see your bus. Its like looking at my own. That last pic of the rust is just like mine.
I'm removing the rust, then using ospho, then priming it with rustoleum rusty metal primer. A jug of ospho is less than twenty bucks and goes a long way. The Rustoleum is $23 a gallon at Lowes.
Rustoleum makes a really nice rust converter too, but I've used this method of mine since bodyshop school. My 66 beetle still looks nearly new from its 1995/1996 restoration.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:57 AM   #26
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Look familiar?
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:14 AM   #27
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Did I step in the twilight zone?

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Old 02-02-2015, 08:15 AM   #28
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Cool, will try that ospho stuff

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Old 02-02-2015, 08:29 AM   #29
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It should be available at Ace Hardware or anywhere that sells metal working/auto body supplies.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:30 AM   #30
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Awesome. And there's an ace HW by the house ;)

Been thinking about plumbing and electrical....my idea for plumbing is very simple: one fresh water tank as high up as I can without putting it outside on the roof, then two lines one for kitchenette sink, one for possible shower. Eletrical ....still thinking....

Question is: will a 3-4ft drop enough to give enough pressure for water to run properly?

I see an experiment in the near future.... ;)

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