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Old 02-13-2019, 02:43 PM   #1
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Driving "Miss Gloria"

Ok, I'm going to start documenting my conversion and this is the first post. I've never done this on any forum before and so, I may make some mistakes ... But that's ok. We're here to learn, right?

I just got my new (to me anyway) 1998 Prevost home the other day in the pouring rain. The rain hasn't let up for several more days and so, today is the first sunny day I've had to work on the bus without making a huge muddy mess.

I'm also going to see if I can post photos. So here are a couple of the bus.


ok, they didn't post.
I admit that I am new to this forum. But I am NOT new to forums in general. There is, IMHO, no reason for any forum to make it so difficult to post photos when it is so easy on other forums. Why is it that some forums are easy and others are virtually impossible?
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:50 PM   #2
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One more try:



Ok, GOT IT! YAY
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:51 PM   #3
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Here are some more:
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:55 PM   #4
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:32 PM   #5
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:57 PM   #6
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I'm so happy with this bus that I keep pinching myself to make sure i'm not dreaming. And to think I've had my heart set on a Blue Bird All American RE. Just when I was thinking all of those were gone, this one came up for less money than I've been seeing Blue Birds going for.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:04 PM   #7
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HEY! Another COACH-IE instead of SKOOL-IE! Man-o-man, you're gonna have some fun.



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Old 02-13-2019, 04:54 PM   #8
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I've been trying to take the seats out. ...figuring it out as I go.

At first I thought these bolts would go all the way through the floor and would be bolted from the bottom. ...I would have to have a helper get under the floor to hold the bolts while I loosened from the top.

NOPE! These bolts are only about an inch long.

Also, the bolts are hidden under these plastic covers but they are so brittle that almost everyone of them is breaking when I try to remove it.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:56 PM   #9
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So I have shot each one so far with PB Blaster and waited a while. With a power bar to break them loose and a ratchet to make removal a little easier, they're coming right off. ...so far.

Gotta long way to go:
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:42 PM   #10
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I've run an ad on Craigslist offering my seats for free to anyone that will help me remove them. A lot of people are contacting me for them but most are trying to talk me out of requiring them to help me. Well, that's too bad. If they're not going to help me remove them, they don't get them.

In the meantime, I've been using a heat gun to remove all the letters. I thought that I might like to try one of those eraser wheels for a drill but my trusty old heat gun is doing such a good job I'm going to not worry about the eraser wheel.

I started with the "R" at the end of "Harbor." When I got it off I thought that it might be fun to just leave it at that and see what peoples' reactions where when they wondered what the heck "Safe Harbo" was? LOL

After that I thought, what if I made a "P" out of the "B?" Then it would read "Safe Harpo." I guess there aren't a lot of folks who are familiar with the Marx Bros these days. LOL My silly humor would go over their heads.
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