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Old 03-19-2017, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hey everybody! My girlfriend and I just picked up our 2000 Carpenter International! We are so excited to get started, but we have A LOT of questions. There's so much good information already out there, but if I have other questions should I just start a new thread about our build? Or just continue on this post?
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
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Either way- Welcome.
Whats up with your bus?
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:33 PM   #3
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Well, we just drove it to it's temporary home and have just taken measurements, photos, etc., but our first concern is this suspicious substance on the floor near the back. My girlfriend thought it was salt because we picked it up when it was snowing and may have tracked some in, but I'm worried it's battery acid.... any idea?
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I live in FL, so I've never even seen road salt. Sorry.
Either way- just clean it out and carry on!
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Well, we just drove it to it's temporary home and have just taken measurements, photos, etc., but our first concern is this suspicious substance on the floor near the back. My girlfriend thought it was salt because we picked it up when it was snowing and may have tracked some in, but I'm worried it's battery acid.... any idea?
Inside the bus, it really isn't likely it is battery acid. Salt is probably the most likely suspect. If you have doubts about it, pour some baking soda on it. It won't hurt anything and will neutralize acid.
Could be just goop from some kids lunchbox 😂
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:40 PM   #6
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Haha, I'm with ya! We were going to tear up the floor completely anyway... as far as the next few projects go, we're thinking remove seats, remove floor, remove wall panels, remove ceiling panels... repair any rust holes and do any body work we need to and then install the sub floor, the walls, and the ceiling... does this make sense? is there a better order to do things? at some point we need to get a mechanic to check it out, too.... drove it about 350 miles home with no issues, but just for due dillegence's sake.
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Haha, I'm with ya! We were going to tear up the floor completely anyway... as far as the next few projects go, we're thinking remove seats, remove floor, remove wall panels, remove ceiling panels... repair any rust holes and do any body work we need to and then install the sub floor, the walls, and the ceiling... does this make sense? is there a better order to do things? at some point we need to get a mechanic to check it out, too.... drove it about 350 miles home with no issues, but just for due dillegence's sake.
Sounds like you're on your way to full and righteous conversion. I think you've got the right idea. Gut that sucker, get the nasty stuff out and insulate it!
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:51 PM   #8
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Baking soda, huh? Good to know! And thanks, EastCoasCB. I'd hate to get the first few things wrong as they seem the most important and most difficult to repair!! I will post some pics of the progress as it happens... Also, it doesn't matter YET because we still have to gut the whole thing, but it is stuck in the mud... kind of a lot lol any suggestions?
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Baking soda is basic. Battery acid is... Well acidic. Mix the two and the cancel each other out.
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