Mah new box truck.

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I have to say I have never seen a project like this, pretty interesting. And a **** ton of work haha. Looks like it's coming along nicely, keep it up!
 

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went wheeling last weekend.
Last trip for the wienerbox as a full on box truck.

Wife loves the skinny pedal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcxCKQ6oAT0&feature=youtu.be
That's her in the stock looking one @ 1:40.

So, nice weather out today so i spent it working inside the new box.

this is what greeted me after I pulled down thw water damaged sheeting.

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a bunch of nasty fiberglass insulation that was full of mouse **** and mildew.

this is what's hidden underneath though:
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this thing is pure beef. I have no doubt you could roll it and survive in the back. A regular camper just doesn't come close. The more I take this thing apart the happier I am with the decision to use an emergency box.
here's what it looks like fully stripped.
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powervent was nasty
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but still spins freely, I think I can reuse it.

going to swap all of these lights to LED and reuse them as well.
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they're real nice housings and I've got a ton of them now.

these cabinets will have to get shortened up to fit bath in the back corner.
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no big deal as the plexi just slides in the aluminum. I can cut new miters and just put the frames back together in new rough openings. the doors are all busted anyway, so I was taking them apart anyhow.

the "attic" above the cabinets
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thankfully I found that the wires are all labeled their full length, printed on the insulation.

they're even correct! I had to hook up the battery charger just to see.
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hells yeah!!

and just because you never know what you're gonna find:
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I guess that mouse never made it out. he was pretty desiccated, he was in there for a while.
 

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so I thought about it for a few days.

then I did it.
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4227? serial? only horton knows.

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got the switch panel pulled clean. They had handy bulkhead disconnects there. Thanks Horton! I plan on reuing the wiring harness pigtail for my new switch panel. I also discovered that a lot of these circuits weren't used, so they'll be repurposed.

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So, I got to dig up a box for all of the loose pieces and parts and start labeling the smaller stuff before it goes into the basement. I decided I didn't want to do that with just a droplight to see by, so tomorrow I'll finish pulling the side cabinets. I'm as yet undecided if I want to pull all of the front stuff too.

I'm also seriously considering revamping the floor plan. moving the bathroom and it's door directly across from the side entry door, then moving the kitchen/countertop area back to the back corner. Then we could use the kitchen sink and countertop area from outside on the deck. Might be handy if we're cooking outside. It also would give way more footroom for passengers on the bench and free up another 20" for bed, or a cot on the floor alongside the bed.

Don't know. I need to think about it, I'm open to suggestions.

so this is where I left for the day.
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wheelwell is exposed, whole side wall is open.
Have I mentioned this thing is super beef?
 

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liberated my wiring from that last cabinet.
he was a *****. Fasteners were all nasty and stuck, cabinet was tooo small to get the drill into, so hammer was selected.

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kind of glad I decided to strip this all out.
Looks like water ran down the backside and sat on top of the storage box and just rotted this all out.

Tomorrow I'm going to tackle the cabinet above the passthrough and the last bits of the ceiling. and the heat exchanger. that should be fun. trying to salvage that, but if I can't i've got 2 from the back of a school bus in the garage.
 

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^lol
says the guy that swaps motors like I change underwear.

it's not hard, you just have to take a lot of little things into account.
 
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^lol
says the guy that swaps motors like I change underwear.

it's not hard, you just have to take a lot of little things into account.

I have yet to swap a motor.....I'm still at the parts gathering stage. :hide:

Yes, and it helps to be handy with carpentry, electrical and welding.
 

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naw, you don't need any of that.

I am horrible at carpentry, mediocre at welding.

all you need is some vision and some desire, all the rest can be solved.

likely I'm going to be building these cabinets and such as a monocoque structure, just like an airplane. I've got experience building those. That way it will all be freestanding and not subject to the box flex destroying it.

just solving the floorplan problem will be a major step. I've got a rough layout done, but needed to gut it so I could get good measurements to the inside of the hard structures of the box.

I'd share the floorplan, but that sh** is on real honest to goodness paper. high school drafting pays off occasionally, and I still haven't fixed my scanner.
 

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The progress pics have been pretty impressive. I would probably be disappointed in seeing the floor plan rather than the progress pics.
 

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progress?

I've turned a perfectly usable passenger compartment into bare walls and nasty insulation.

going backwards at this point.
 

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