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Old 11-14-2017, 08:58 AM   #1
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(Noob)How far should I go

Hey My name is Nathan I'm new here! I just bought a but 2004 72 seater Thomas built With the 5.9 cummins AD200 transmission 75,000 Miles. I kinda bought on impulse what everybody tell you not to do I know.
Like my user name implies, I didn't look at it other than pictures so of course it has more rust than I thought it did. I had a guy who used to work on RV's look at it and he said theres no rust that scares him. as fare as the frame and everything goes it's structurally sound. So I'm wondering How far should I go in preventing further rust. I'm planing to tear out the whole floor and all the interior. I'd like to drop all the tanks and redcoat (also looking for and opinion there) but I'm not sure what my budget is yet. I'd like to live in it for a year and then I'll see were things go from there.

So two questions
1(how much Detail/money is this bus worth putting into

2how should I go about rust removing/preventing

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Old 11-15-2017, 07:08 PM   #2
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Welcome !

Glad to see you started slowly.

Well, you have step 1- get a bus

Looks like more than a little rust. I'd peel-back that curtain to see what prize you won. Check under the floor....I bet there is moar rust.

Evaluate further before spending cash is my 2 cents.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:23 PM   #3
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Ouch... way more rust than I would take on. And my bus is 71 years old.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:07 PM   #4
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theres rust but nothing I see thats a red flag.. the worst of it is in the bottom on the skirting and the wheel wells which arent structural... even that rust on the top roof line.. you are likely gutting the interior so you can even add angle bracket inside for extra structural strength, where its convenient. wire wheel it off... sand it, prime it,, paint it.. underneath blow the big stuff off with pressure washer and air hoses then ospho the whole underside of that bus...
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:54 PM   #5
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For rust, I've not seen anything as badass as Rust Reformer. The clear stuff in gallon jugs. not the spray paint. Its amazing and worth every penny. It converts rust better than anything I've ever seen. That and ospho are your friends.

When fixing rust and prepping for paint, it takes a lot of time and detail to really make it worthwhile. Always go the extra mile. When you think you're about done sanding, you're probably in reality about 10% done sanding!
Take the time to remove the decals and reflective tape and do it right, and your bus will stand out. A NICE paint job really makes the bus.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:00 AM   #6
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For rust, I've not seen anything as badass as Rust Reformer. The clear stuff in gallon jugs. not the spray paint. Its amazing and worth every penny. It converts rust better than anything I've ever seen. That and ospho are your friends.

When fixing rust and prepping for paint, it takes a lot of time and detail to really make it worthwhile. Always go the extra mile. When you think you're about done sanding, you're probably in reality about 10% done sanding!
Take the time to remove the decals and reflective tape and do it right, and your bus will stand out. A NICE paint job really makes the bus.
Great advice
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:42 PM   #7
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theres rust but nothing I see thats a red flag.. the worst of it is in the bottom on the skirting and the wheel wells which arent structural... even that rust on the top roof line.. you are likely gutting the interior so you can even add angle bracket inside for extra structural strength, where its convenient. wire wheel it off... sand it, prime it,, paint it.. underneath blow the big stuff off with pressure washer and air hoses then ospho the whole underside of that bus...
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This is what I'm planning to do! I toor part of the floor out and I was actually impressed it must have been galvanized steel because there was no rust except for at the edges. so my next step is tearing out the rest of the rust. and start building. would you guys recommend I tear out the roof a swell?
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:57 AM   #8
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Par for the course in the rust belt. You Texas guys are spoiled. Most of that will buff out. lol..
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Ouch... way more rust than I would take on. And my bus is 71 years old.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:02 AM   #9
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Par for the course in the rust belt. You Texas guys are spoiled. Most of that will buff out. lol..
You don't have to be a texas guy to get a texas bus, you know.

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:20 AM   #10
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Actually...I had to go to Utah to find anything as old as mine.
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