Finishing off the fuel bay is the topic. First order of the day was to get rid of all the old cheezy carpet on the floor, that had seen better times. The fuel tank (left) if filled too high has a habit of leaking and that went directly down the side of the tank to the floor. Also, one of the return lines (overflow) was vented to the outside of the bay, instead of down the side of the tank and thru the floor (I drilled it out and rerouted that as you can see).
Removal of the old carpet was a chore, one thing on this bus that works well, is the adhesive that was applied to keep the floor in place, even after all the years of running around the country, it was slow to give it up. It took quite a lot of energy and time in a hot shop, to get it all lifted and out of there. If you note to the right of the photo, you can clearly see a “waterline mark” of sorts on the carpet, this is where excess fuel was soaked up by the carpet and then walked up the walls.
After the carpet was removed, I then fabricated and cut to fit a new wood floor. The runners have large snap caps in place to hold everything down on the floor and are countersunk into the wood to protect the tops of them. The floor itself has five coats of clear coat over it, the edging material is 1″ angle aluminum. All the tanks, electrical boxes, and the Aux. Fuel Tank were masked off and painted at this time.
The worst part of all this was I suppose the carpet removal. But it turned out rather well and it looks good, so that is that.
One handy-dandy-spiffed up fuel bay … AC Basement air is next.
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