Spent a month up in Canada, but I am back now. All seats are now officially unbolted. Have a little bit of a problem now with figuring out where I am going to store them. Considering building a quick shed just for them.
Have some paperwork to do on the bus, but it requires me driving it to a weight station… which ain’t going to happen until I get in and fix the engine. I believe the thermostat, radiator fluid, oil, and oil filter needs replacing, along with the o-rings on the cylinder sleeves. During that, I will be able to inspect the sleeves for damage and replace as necessary.
Outside the bus, I need to remove the motorized (pneumatic?) stop sign and crossing guard arms. Stickers need removing as well as anything that doesn’t belong. Then it gets a good pressure washing and the whole thing is blocked off as needed and painted/detailed. Going to hold off on the fancy roof coat until all the work is done.
Internal, I need to store the seats and then rip up and dispose of the floor entirely. Wall panels get opened up and stored for time being as well. All insulation found at this time will be disposed of. With the bare metal exposed, I insure that all is structurally sound, fixing what isn’t. All steel gets wire brushed, pressure washed, treated with rust remover, pressure washed again, primered, and painted with two coats. I will be holding off on installing the new flooring until after structural modifications and layout is done as it is likely to take some welding on various installations of brackets. None of this bolt-to-plywood nonsense.
Sometime during all that, I am likely to be doing the rewire job for the actual bus side of things. I’m actually looking forward to this part as the wiring box looks very well built despite its years of add-ons and fiddling by mechanics. Once cleaned up and documented, it is likely to stay more or less how it is. All wiring is going to be installed in channels and junction boxes as the bus is to be insulated after structural modifications with urethane foam. This should cut down on noise severely. Most likely to install further outdoor safety and courtesty lights after I look into what exactly is legal, suggested, and available.
While a rough idea of the floorplan is figured on, I am waiting on getting the seats out to really get into that part.