That is crazy cool Doc.
Yes, it would be checked or painted for appearance.
I liked the mirrors but once, I removed them the entire feel or attitude of the bus changed. That being said, I miss them for parking and overall visibility. I have been restoring one of the primary mirrors to remount on the drivers side since that is the only mirror required in my state. I am going to move it from four feet forward and two feet out and mount it directly to the body in front of the drivers side window.
With the bus buddy mirrors, mine mount to a 3/4ths tube. I removed the mirrors themselves, and ripped down the mounts. I will change the location and mounting bracket and reinstall at least one in the front bumper area but less three feet in your face location. The second, I turned vertically and am planning to mount it to the passenger side near the door.
Ok, now this is a serious concern.
The inside face of most of the exterior body panels are badly rusted.
The further I inspect the more I find, deeper and heavier.
I am now considering replacing the entire exterior body panels.
The panels behind the outside ribs are pretty much gone.
The bottoms are crumbling.
I have a rust bucket.
Detach the horizontal ribs, drill the rivets, pull off the exterior panels and replace with fresh sheets.
Has anyone done this before?
I Any suggestions or ideas?