Episode 13 - Completing the
demolition and repurposing
Ontario, Canada where I live is subject to temperature
extremes. Props to Thomas for including polyester insulation
in the walls and ceiling of my bus, but I’m going to need more.
Plus, the metal skin on the interior walls and ceiling is
thermally bridged to the exterior metal skin, allowing heat and
cold to be conducted in both directions.
In episode 11 I completed the removal of the metal ceiling
panels. In this episode I remove all the metal wall panels
under the windows. I love the fact that this model bus used
screws and not rivets to hold the ceiling and wall panels in
place. But the top edge of each metal wall panel is bent over
and sandwiched under the bottom edge of a window. The
only way to completely remove a metal wall panel is to
remove the window above it and re-seal it. And repeat for 20
That’s unappealing. Plan “B” is to mark a line on each panel
one inch below the window and cut the panel off. That’s how I
do it in this episode. I think it’s likely that I’ll find a use for the
remaining strip of metal.
I also pull up the two metal strips running down the centre of
the bus and metal “moulding” running along the base of both
And I thin out unneeded wires from the thick bundle of wires
running over the windows on the driver’s side of the bus.
Finally, in this episode I embark on a project to convert the
rear overhead flashers to supplementary brake lights and turn
signal lights. Did it work? Have a look at the video to find out.
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