I went to my bus today to begin work on the ceiling. I figured because my bus had so many leaks that I should take care of those first before doing anything else. So I began to remove the spray foam and this is what I found underneath it all..
First look underneath. Super brittle awful rust right away. Not a good start.
After removing one whole panel. Whole thing is rusted. Terrible.
Full ceiling shot after removing several more panels of spray foam. I imagine the entire ceiling is like this.
Fist-sized hole accidentally but easily punched through with my hammer. So brittle.
Shot of two of the ribs completely eaten through with rust. They're practically not even connected they're so tenuous.
Weird thing: everywhere there was spray foam there was rust underneath. Spots like these where there wasn't spray foam had no rust at all. This is where a speaker was.
This is where another speaker was.
I decided to chip away a side panel to see what it was like underneath and there was this stuff. A weird flaky wood-like substance with another layer of it underneath.
Closer shot. I didn't peel back the back layer. There's probably rust underneath.
This feels hopeless. What can I do about this without spending potentially thousands of dollars? A guy told me I could check out a scrap yard for a bus like mine and just completely replace the top but what's the likelihood that I'd actually find one that would fit perfectly? This is so awful. I hope I didn't just waste a whole bunch of money and time.