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L'Amour Gitan Build
And so it begins. The conversion of a 53 passenger 2001 Thomas / Freightliner bus into our L'Amour Gitan.
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This bus was from rural Iowa where most of the roads are dirt or gravel.
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Standard bus interior picture.
We all do it, even though we all hate to do it! 
Removal of the seats.
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Oh, Look. I see a little rust by the wheel wells.
Its not THAT bad. Right?
I think some rust restorer will fix that up right as rain.
I needed to shine some more light on the situation.
Now there is less rust.
I think the bus was ,at one time, submerged in clay/mud. The wheels were packed with it right up to the brake drums.
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New rear brake drum. I did the rear brake shoes and drums. When I picked up the bus the brakes were still serviceable but needed to be done as...
Look at the dirt on the floor!
I noticed an exhaust leak in the engine compartment on the drive back. Turns out the exhaust manifold was cracked.  It is a common thing on the...
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I hope nothing went into the turbo! I will find out for sure somewhere down the road...
Did I mention dirt? There must have been 2000 lbs of the stuff caked to the underbody of the bus.
There was plenty more dirt but how many pictures can you take of dirt?
After sweeping away all the rust and dirt I had to fill in with a little bit of patch metal.  This is the tube frame I made to attach the soon to be...
Center section of the floor pan. This is 14ga galvanized steel. This is the same thickness as the original floor material.
It is coming together. The floor pan is spot welded to the tube frame. I drilled 3/16 holes in the sheet and mig welded them to the frame.
Lower wheel well flaps.

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