Here are a couple shots of the stripped out shell.
I used Stayfast
cloth convertible top material over closed cell foam for the roof.
I had to fabricate and install the top before I could begin on
the interior panels due to the way everything is fastened together.
This body was like a giant puzzle. Everything had to be put
together in a certain order.
The interior of the exterior panels was coated with a ceramic coating
to help with sound and insulation. A layer of aluminum backed
insulation was then also added. The original interior steel roof and
side panels were used as a base for the fabric. I cut the roof panels
and fabricated an abs center panel on the roof to allow access to
wiring that runs down the center of the roof. Abs plastic was
also used for the trim pieces.
Once fitted, the interior panels and trim were removed and covered with
closed cell foam. They were then covered with a tweed fabric and
I then covered the floor with black carpeting.
I ran consoles down each side of the bus. They contain drink
holders, DVD player, a drink dispenser, and give me access to wiring.
The rear overhead consoles house a set of Kenwood component
speakers and the original "STOP" lights that were on the rear of the
The driver's console has the heat and air conditioning controls,
light switch, electric door switch, and toggles for the aux. battery
and interior lighting. The overhead console houses the rear view
camera, stereo head unit, and speakers.
I recovered the captain chairs and sofa/bed from a conversion van to match the interior panels.
And finally, I customized the dash and installed VDO gauges.
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