Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 127 - Control Panel | School Bus Conversion

The first thing we did was install the Hardy Backer on the floor in the bathroom.

I decided to go ahead and get started on the control panel / dash area. We have been putting it off and dreading it a little but we have a few good ideas that should make it turn out really nice. Only time will tell.

Today I started with the control panel that sits on the left side of the drivers seat. This panel houses all the control switches for the bus. Here is a pic of it before I removed it a while back.

This is how this location looked after its removal (What a mess):

Here it is removed:

I considered just painting it and actually did but decided to go ahead and panel it. Here is the process:

I put some glue on the metal just to prevent vibration:

I then screwed the paneling in place:

Using the old control panel as a guide I cut out new switch openings in the new panel:

There is still more to do before I can officially install it but this is how it should look:

I will also be paneling the wall and I still need to stain and varnish the panel.

More soon!

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