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Old 03-12-2017, 07:46 PM   #43
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Overhead cabinets were next. In the original build the factory did the wall paneling first then hung the cabinets over the top part of the wall. That means that any wall panel replacement requires the cabinets be removed first which pretty much means destroying them. My fix was to cut a 1/4" rabbet joint into the bottom rear of the cabinet. This will allow the new wall panel to simply slide up behind the cabinet w/o removing them.

I wanted to get away from the dark black walnut wood tones but didn't want to get into refacing or replacing the doors. Then the idea hit me to simply turn the doors around. That put the dark wood color on the inside & I then sanded/stained the original inside of the door which was just an unfinished luan type of wood. Perfect!
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I wanted to get away from the dark black walnut wood tones but didn't want to get into refacing or replacing the doors. Then the idea hit me to simply turn the doors around. That put the dark wood color on the inside & I then sanded/stained the original inside of the door which was just an unfinished luan type of wood. Perfect!
Brilliant solution. Ain't that flash of thoughtful fix great?
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Agree! I also thought the fiberglass hatch door replacements were nice. I like that you left the fridge access panel in place, minus the vents. It leaves the option open for the future.
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Brilliant solution. Ain't that flash of thoughtful fix great?
Yes & it was a well needed relief as it seems like everything else on this project has taken the hard road.

I have the closet wall & door frame set now. It's amazing how much strength 1x2's & 1/4" sheeting has when you start stapling, gluing & screwing all of the parts together. The ceiling had sagged about 1/2" so I put temporary bracing in until the closet wall was put together.

Built the front bench & 'glassed it in place once the wall was up. Just like on the rear bench I was able to reuse only the hatch door.
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Agree! I also thought the fiberglass hatch door replacements were nice. I like that you left the fridge access panel in place, minus the vents. It leaves the option open for the future.
I plan on adding a small window ac unit using the upper part of the fridge access area & making a slide type of mounting for it. When in use it'll stick out past the door, when not needed it will retract into the former fridge location. A smaller dorm type electric fridge should fit below the ac. I'll need to make a second fiberglass door with the cutout for the ac & change it out when the ac is needed.......at least that's the idea bouncing around in my head right now!
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SteveV,


So glad to see and hear your progress! So clever to turn the doors around, preserving original and your sense of aesthetics at the same time!


Lots of ways like ours, lots of ways different, love to see your choices!


We, too, had to prop up the ceiling as it had also sagged some. Luckily the fiberglass is forgiving to the extent we needed.


You're moving right along! Thanks so much for the updates!


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Thanks Kai! I've been looking closely at your pics & the other Amerigos on this site for ideas. Hopefully it'll look like a camper again soon.
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Great job Steve. I am also refurbishing a 1971 Amerigo. This past weekend I built the rear seating area and enclosed the cargo area. I will be storing all electronics and battery there. The window ac idea is a good idea. I cut out a area for the ac to pass through the wall. I would like to fabricate a fiberglass panel to permanetly fix above the ac unit. kinda like an eyebrow.
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I've made some good progress in the last few weeks.
The galley has come together without too much trouble. I did get rid of the oven as I didn't think we would ever use that appliance. Honestly I don't think the 2 previous owners ever used it either as the inside of it looked brand new. I separated the stove top from the oven and reused it, I had to cut the stainless trim to make it look like it came that way.
A small microwave will go in the space below the stove top now. I stained & cleared the plywood countertop for now but will keep my eye open for some formica to cover it with down the road. I may still add a gas furnace below the micro so that will be left unfinished for a while.
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SteveV--oh, yes, VERY nice! I like the idea of a microwave beneath the cooktop--that's where ours is (though without the cooktop). a gas furnace since you have propane might be a great idea; didn't you once say you were planning on using this partly during the winter?


I'm glad the oven and its supposedly dangerous furnace are gone! What dangers lurk in the misty past will never truly be known...but there is some evidence that there was once a carbon monoxide problem with those furnaces.


Meanwhile--looking really good!


Thanks for the update!


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Old 06-20-2017, 05:06 PM   #53
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I'm getting to the fun part now....installing some finished wall panels! It's a great feeling to finally get to this stage of the project.

I still need to finish the rear bench for the front dining area. I don't really care the aluminum trim they used to finish off the seat back & end piece & debating alternatives......
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Here's a few pics of the semi-finished back end. I plan on trimming the windows with some 3/4" x 1/2" oak that I still need to rip on the table saw. The third brake light is mounted on the inside of the rear window.
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WOW, you're really getting there! One of these days you'll realize you're done--


Super! Looks great!


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I have had some extra help the past few days.......this little guy has been hanging around. I think he's wondering when his move in date is!

I plan on using a small dorm fridge but I did run a new gas line to the fridge area to keep the propane option there.

Kai, We planned on Summertime/fair weather use but our last NC outing in April was in the low 40's so a furnace sounds good to me!
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