I finally was able to get my School Bus - after about a year of contemplating and researching. This is going to be an exciting adventure!
Why Get A School Bus?
1. I use to drive school buses in New Hampshire and Montana - and I loved it!
2. I need enough space to take my 3 rescue dogs with me (they don't all get along nicely).
3. I can make it what I want.
4. There are so many other reasons - but I find them safer than an RV.
Here is my bus - I bought it at the Tampa Bus Market (Florida).
Parking the bus - there is not much wiggle room here. It fits perfectly in my backyard.
The seats came out fairly easily - I decided to unbolt them versus grinding them off. It takes two people - but I was able to remove all 8 seats in less than an hour - and that is with the help of two dogs...
The wood under the floor was drenched. I am not sure how - but it was either soaking wet - or dried out dry. I recommend removing the floor. All of it. Just do it. It took me about 2 days to get the floor removed because of the wheel chair tracks - those were bolted in really well. I was able to unbolt most - and only had to grind off a few.
Removing the rear heater. This was an issue - but I found an easy solution that didn't require any extra parts - I returned the line from the front heater, eliminating the back lines. It seems to have done the job - and I can worry about heat another time - but now I don't have the two one inch hoses running the length of the bus!
The Lift was a task - but can be done by one person - Disconnect it from the battery - unbolt it - remove the wires that run to the door buzzers - slide it - push it out of the bus!
There was some surface rust - so I went to ACE Hardware and found some nice rust removers stuff... I am not good with product names...
After that I did some sanding - to remove any rust bubbles - a little more rust stop stuff - and then Primed it with Gripper Primer.
This took me about a week to do - but overall time was probably about 12 hours of work...
The next step is putting down a new floor!
This is a lot of fun!