Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by SunnyJim, Apr 22, 2019.
Now, can the dremel also do a neater weld?
Grantus .. we will soon see
And on the floor.... previous owner never addressed the leaking fridge or water supply. So for years water had sat under the chipboard floor. Created some good holes.
In fact I can see the fuel tank sender!
Today I grinded it, then rust treated it. For the short term I will cover with something so as not to get road splash. Then I will be putting down some heavily varnished marine ply boards.
Then in future if I ever learn to weld, some new floor metal will go down.
Good progress yesterday.
The challenge was to stop future rust and ensure no holes in the floor so water and debris could not splash thru from epic road trips.
The rust converter seemed to work. Just a thin layer of fibreglass over the holes then I started cutting the marine ply boards for a floor.
Borat loves his weather resistant marine ply floor.
He asks what goes on top?
Kirra beach sand?
In regards to the flooring question I think there’s one deciding factor. I had a bay window bus which I fitted a laminate floor into. The floor was great...easy to sweep out, wipe over and hard wearing. But, I also had 2 dogs. The laminate floor and corners created a hilarious but undesirable ice skating dogs type of scenario, even if they were laying down. This was not ideal as the thud of the dogs hitting cabinets/sliding door was quite distracting lol due to this my Trakka will be getting a rubber mat floor
you should have made a video of that.
Similar story 2009, our dog Forrest the border collie looked really scared as the sliding door fell off as we went round the corner in our 71 Sunnyjim.
She had her claws gripping and was seriously backpeddling
2 Old English sheepdogs.
One dog in the tunnel between the seats & last one in on the front passengers side floor.
No slip slidey.
Still have that seat belt between the front seats for the new copilot (but she'd prob slip beneath)!
And that plastic bag has stickers in it.
The floor. Is it screwed, bolted, glued or gravity?
I'm redoing my interior and my current floor is screwed in. I plan on removing it and welding up the holes but not sure how to fix my new floor. I will be putting a floating floor over the top of ply. But how thick should the ply be? I'm thinking 7mm which will be thicker with the floating panels on top.
I can't find much info on doing the floor step by step.
. Really need to learn how to put metal back in these buses @SunnyJim. Grind, cut, weld is much better than a 'skim coat' of fibreglass. Metal is what holds the integrity of your bus together
7mm ply is okay given the support of the floor ribs.
There’s no way my hounds could travel up front. I e got a 40kg GSP x Lab who thinks she’s a lap dog and a 10 month old staffy pup who thinks that EVERYTHING is fantastically interesting. They get tethered in the back on their harnesses and a rubber floor will be going into the project camper
Just lots of training needed.
Very happy when you fly to Brisbane and teach me to weld.
I will pick you up from the airport... after all the coronas have gone
Hi Njg (tell us yr real name)
I had similar problems. Camping interior had caused rust.
I could not find anyone who can cut all the rust out and replace with the original floor metal. Everyone said I need to find a donor.
So i did a lot of grinding and rust converting , sealing and in the end was satisfied no holes. For the floor I used 12mm marine ply as it does not flex much.
I used a 3mm drill then metal countersunk screws. Just put the minimal number of screws in. It is not structural, you want to stop the boards from flexing.
So I can easily remove these boards when I want to.
I'm in. with you paying the airfare! Don't care if it's oxy, mig or arc. Upside down, uphill, plate or lap. Ag school welding program at TAFE 45 yrs ago & a 415v mig @ a business & a Colt 22 oxy for most of my life. Gas axe! Got to feel/see the way the heat is going into to the metal.
Forget looking for a flight - Long road trip...take your gear & skills, and after the mandatory 14 day quarantine when across the border, hook into it!
Don’t forget to post pics.
And wash your hands to stay safe.
His signature block says Neil , and when I met him and his wife at the Sandstone Point event last year they were really nice people.
Need to replace the timber floor in mine as well, but would like to get some use from it before I have to rip everything out, just in case I want to put it back differently.
Hi Bruce. Thanks for the kind words.
SunnyJim. Neil. But you call me what you want. But don't call me late for dinner.
Screws it shall be. But I might utilize rivnuts.
I am no expert and can only tell you what i have done.
* I was able to do my floor with 2 large marine ply sheets from bunnings . I end up with 4 pieces screwed to the floor.
* I went with thicker 12mm ply, thinking it will not flex as much hence I can use minimal number of screws
* I varnished the boards with marine epoxy. Also made sure I did the edges. In hindsight best to cut the ply first in the final 4 shapes then varnish.
* I used a bit driver and countersunk type of metal screw.
* I kept trimming the ply boards so it would fit neater at the edge behind the front seats.
* I left a 10mm gap on the drivers side as I need to make and fit a panel on the wall.
* I haven't used any glue and can remove these boards in about 5 minutes if need be.
* I will probably put some vinyl floorboards down. Something that handles moisture well
Hope that helps
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