--- got a little more done today. Now have all the newly fabbed interior wall panels in place on the starboard side. Too many steps to move very fast. Once cut & formed they have to be scoured to remove the scale (hot rolled steel), then a rust treatment applied to both sides, then a couple of coats of the HyTech insulating paint, then a layer of insulation bonded, then positioned and drilled (going through plenty of bits) then attached. At first I planned on self tapping screws but remembered I still had a ton of 1/4" steel pop rivets left over from my old Blue Bird. Much lower profile than any screws which will help when the final finish paneling goes on.
In the middle of all this, I realized I had yet another problem I had totally missed. My original Wane windows will not work after all. Major "DUH" moment. Since they are the drop down type...once I attach the interior panels then build on top of them (sofa/sleeper & such)...the glass could not be repaired without tearing the whole damn bus apart. Not a good plan. So now I have to spring for four custom builts that will allow for glass replacement without de-constructing everything else. What a dumb-a$$! Oh well, better to discover this issue now than later I guess, but I feel like a complete idiot for not identifying the problem sooner. Like a couple of years ago.
Passenger side interior panels riveted in place
The same panels from the outside. A little seam sealer and some butyl tape and the outer skin will be ready to go on. It is progress, but I really need to pick up the pace. Rebuilding this thing pretty much from the ground up makes me wish at times I'd just bought a newer, ready to roll unit and threw in some furnishings.
And I haven't even begun installing the engine, new rear axle, new brake system, new power steering system...etc., etc., etc.