I completely gutted the bus, converted the rust on the floor, applied a protective coating/rust deterrent, and sealed 99% of the holes in the floor and wheel wells with silicone and coins (which won’t rust). I realized I missed a few holes when I went to take pictures for this posting. I also removed the heaters and looped the hose back to the radiator (included in photos).
The bus is ready to be built up but I am short on funds and the lot where the bus is being stored just raised the rent again. Sadly, it’s time to let her go.
The bus is mechanically sound – I drove it from St. Louis to California and it was surprisingly maneuverable. I got the speed up to 70 on the highway but was more comfortable in the 60-65 range. There is of course no A/C as she’s an older gal.
The battery is currently dead so I have not been able to start the bus in a year or so and there is an issue with the hydraulic brakes (seems like the right front – possibly a master cylinder?). The tank is 3/4 full of diesel fuel.
The bus is currently being stored on a lot in Bellflower, CA so the options would be to tow her away (due to the brake issue) or take over the storage spot and do the work on the bus on site (I did a lot of the work on the lot and as long as you don’t cause a ruckus or interfere with vehicles coming and going the management does not seem to mind).
The bus is registered in Vermont – it was a super easy process.
Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions.