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Old 03-29-2015, 08:21 AM   #1
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Drednought Refit of 2015 - 2003 Bluebird TC2000

A misspelled play on words, I decided to name her something for now, and the old battleship came to mind. Mechanically she seems fine. Only 2 of the tires look less than 70%(more like 10%) I have been bidding on buses for several months now and the ones I wanted always seemed to go a grand beyond what I was willing to pay(the last batch of Alabama buses went for over $7k) So I dropped a bid on this one early, and wound up driving 600 miles to get her.

Here she sits, still on the other side of Columbus, Ohio



For the last 9 months I have been busting my ass, fixing my house to prepare for sale. After the sale, my vision is to semi-retire, sell most of my crap, and travel the US on a "working vacation". With a few requirements, I hope to cram my entire life into this rig. I am a webmaster, so I need to power electronics, and plan to install solar. I also ride motorcycles on and off-road, which is why I was interested in the wheelchair lift.

Gonna be a tight squeeze.



So I got off to a good start yesterday, and removed the seats in less than an hour.





Then, I decided since that was easier than expected, the floor should be just as easy.

Then, I met THIS GUY





The floor appears to be nailed, glued and bolted the metal subfloor, theu the track system. So I guess I am supposed to remove all the track-bolts (100+) from the underside?

If so, I will be purchasing an air-wrench today
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:28 AM   #2
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Welcome! There was someone a while back on here that had a neat idea. He had a small flip down ramp attatched to the handi ramp to extend it enough to get his Ducati in. Looks like you's only need a couple of feet.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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Welcome! There was someone a while back on here that had a neat idea. He had a small flip down ramp attatched to the handi ramp to extend it enough to get his Ducati in. Looks like you's only need a couple of feet.
flip-down ramp - yes, that was what I was thinking.
Any idea where this guy posted his mods? pics?
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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Nice klr any more pics of it ?
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:06 AM   #5
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Nice klr
You are mistaken sir - looks can be deceiving


so, I have yet to extract a single bolt(intact) from the track system

I have cut one, and successfully unscrewed another, but the bottom plate/washer will not come off?

my ruff math:

8 tracks X 23 feet X 4 bolts(per foot) = 500-700 bolts (depending on estimate)

Starting to wonder about this project and whether I should keep the floor?

Has anyone ever removed a track floor before?

I searched but could not find anything in HowTo?
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:25 AM   #6
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I'm at well over 3000 rivets and 400 or so bolts cut on my build.

Just get after it. The bolts won't cut or remove themselves.

This step is a bonding moment between you and your bus. No pain, no gain.

It's like changing your baby's poopy diaper for the first time. lol.

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Old 03-29-2015, 01:37 PM   #7
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I'm at well over 3000 rivets and 400 or so bolts cut
Just get after it. The bolts won't cut or remove themselves.
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I guess this is what I was asking - is this something I can avoid, or is there a shortcut, or is it as bleak as it looks?

After $90 worth of tools, I have discover the bolts must be cut, as they WILL NOT be unscrewed (BROKEN hex bit on the first try)

well, let me get started cutting
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:43 PM   #8
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Sorry, no way around it.

Many of the bolts on mine will not loosen or tighten. The heads just spin because the threads are rusted away.

Cutting is all I can do.

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:17 PM   #9
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so do your bolts look like this?




so in addition to grinding 700 bolts, I am gonna have 700 holes too?
and grinder slices?
no wonder that got rid of this thing
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:23 PM   #10
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Your using the wrong cutting wheel.

That wheel is for masonry. It has diamond grit glued to it.

A metal cutting wheel is black.

It might be easier to cut the bottoms where ever you can. The nuts will be hanging down. Cutting the flush mount bolts suck because the aluminum is in the way.

Be sure to wear a mask. You don't want to breath aluminum dust.

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