So after seeing the floor in the back section I was nervous about the condition of the rest of the floor though I did have a feeling that it would be better. So today I started to rip up parts of the rubber floor starting with the centre aisle. Most of the screws were stripped so I used the pry bar on most of it one screw at a time.
I shared this picture yesterday but it shows what the back section looked like yesterday in the centre aisle… and the sides were worse
Rotten, moldy wood that smelled awful and was falling apart in our hands…
and we had checked a small portion that was on the other side of the wall and saw that the wood was better but it still didn’t look that great, especially the condition of the screws…
But then as I starting to pry the middle aisle rubber up I was able to grab a hold of it and start pulling and what was under is much more promising!
The Plywood is in great condition. You can even read the stamp on it.
Not only that, but the screws are also in great condition and I can take them out no problem!
So, hopefully, I will not only be able to take them out easily but I will also most likely be able to reuse the plywood in most of the bus. I looked under a section of flooring that would have been at the feet of one of the rows of passengers and it also looks great. But not only that. As I was taking the floor off a few splinters came up with the glue and instead of the moldy stink that we had in the back and that was still lingering, It smelled like wood. And it actually changed the smell inside of the bus.
And of course, if the wood looks good, there are good chances that there will be little rust underneath also.
Next step is to move the heaters out of the way and remove the seats to continue getting the floors out while salvaging as much wood as I can.