I probably should have taken more pictures of this process, but I was having way too much "fun" doing it. What a pain!
I estimated it would take me about a day to get all of the seats and other junk out of the beast. Three days later I was finished. Rusty bolts, creative aftermarket engineering and other interesting time wasters were a large part of the process.
I can tell you one thing, though. I don't think any RV out there is built as tough as a school bus. This thing is steel EVERYWHERE. It is built like a tank. I pity the standard fiberglass and wood RV that tries to go head to head with this baby.
No More Old Bus Seats
The mostly empty bus. What you don't see here is the 10' X 20' trailer that is full to overflowing with seats, old carpet and other misc junk I took out. The previous owners carpeted the bus and glued it down to the rubber floor that was glued to the steel floor. What a joy to remove.
This bus had three HUGE heaters that all got heat from the engine coolant system. Pipes and fluid were everywhere. My guess is that this bus was designed to be used in a area with a climate that is colder than where I bought it. You know, someplace like Siberia or Antarctica.
I knew I wanted to have a wide window on this side of the bus, so I had to remove one of the window supports.
Another view of the removed window support. Nice blooms on the forsythia, too. The bushes match the school bus paint job.
There was a significant amount of rust underneath the rubber flooring and the old instrument panel definitely needed some kind of makeover.