Originally Posted by TambayKano
Been lurking for a few months, finally decided to post!
My wife and I were gifted a 2002 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner by my parents who bought it to do a conversion but never got around to it. We've removed the rubber flooring, and started removing the side walls and ceiling. We live in Indiana but visit every couple of months to do more work on the bus.
We have a couple of questions for anyone who might stumble on this thread before we figure it out or post a separate question...
1. We are lucky enough to have screws instead of rivets, however we are struggling with about 20-30% of the screws, weve drilled a few out that were totally FUBAR but wondering if theres any tricks to getting them out cleanly.
2. Now that we have the passenger side walls cut out were wondering if we should apply any kind of sealant where the exterior screws enter the body (picture attached) we pulled out some pretty gross insulation and are wondering if we need go do anything before we replace it with newer insulation.
Hello and welcome to the insanity!
Regarding stripping the screws, if you use an impact driver to first loosen them it will help. Also if an impact driver is not in your tool box and you have an impact type cordless drill give them a small hit in the installing directing first to break them free.
The exterior screws could be allowing moisture in to the walls so yes it wouldn't hurt if you wanted to dab a little sealant on those you can access. Some urethane would make a good seal but not prevent the screw from being removed
in the future if needed.
Good luck with the build