Thanks. This was the last of 8 doors for this batch. I'm probably going to build one or two more but won't know the dimensions until I get the main entry door and windows framed. One thing about all this custom work is, things progress slow. I'm hoping once I get all this fab work finished the interior will go faster. Who knows though. Just eating this elephant one bite at a time 😁.
Been busy the past couple weeks. I got the driver side basement skins cut and door frames installed. I still have to finish drilling and tapping the other holes in the frames before disassembling and prepping the panels to prime. Then I'll be able to apply 3M 5200 to the skins and door frames for final assembly. Also,I still have to install the cam locks on the stabilizer, fuel and propane access doors.
The grill on the left is where the basement A/C (window unit converted to central unit) will be located.
The far left little door is stabilizer jack access (everything is manual on this bus for simplicity and reliability).
The bumper I designed was not coming to pass as the resource where I used to work was not able to have the pieces cut on the cnc plasma cutter. So..... I decided to redesign using a piece of 3-1/2" x 3/16" square tubing I had standing in the corner for over 10 years. I had to order another piece to finish it but with the addition of some expanded metal and some angle iron I think it will work fine. I still have to put a piece of expanded metal in the center section but will not be able to do so until I get a hitch receiver installed on the little pad in the center. I'm thinking it'll come in handy for several accessories in the future. I retained access to the factory tow hooks.
I think the wrap around expanded metal gives a cool look to the bumper.
Thanks guys for the kind comments. It's been good to get the skills dusted off and out if the closet. Being a marine mechanic for most of my career didn't allow me to use them like this project does. It kinda runs in the family though. My dad was a trained blacksmith as apprentice but because he learned when the demand was waning, he drove a truck and was a diesel mechanic most of his career. One might say metal work is in the blood. My wife is finally beginning to see what's been floating around in my head and she likes what she sees. I can't wait to show her what I have planned for the inside. I never got to build her a house as I had always wanted. This project is mostly my gift to her.