Removing the side rails of a Mini Bus
I am the new proud owner of a 1987 Chevy G30 Mini Bus (350 dually with handicap lift - I just removed) I bought from a college in Georgia. Very low miles, body perfect, engine perfect, great tires, cold front a/c, cold rear a/c, and trans perfect; $1300. Already drove it 9 hours home and no problems at all except it is a gas hoooooog! All I added was a brake light switch $9 and the temp guage doesn't work.
I have just sold an incompleted Datsun V8 Z project (I am oldestzguy on HybridZ.org site) and and beginning this project as it offers more family uses.
I want to make it look like a Hot Rod type woodie. Consequently, I was thinking about taking the horizontal rails off of the side, painting it and then replacing some of that area with wood as in a surfer woody look. What I am worried about is that the rails aren't there just for protection, but rather structure. Have any of you guys removed any of these, and, if so; did it cause any problems. I know you can also paint the sides like woodgrain, but I think that would be a little tricky for me as I am going to do my own painting, etc. and although I can figure out most things logically; I am smart enough to know that there is also some level of talent required and I don't seem to have it.
I am very impressed by this site and everyone's attitude and skills and look forward to reading each post.