At last, the final posting of this project which began some eight months ago and wrapped up last April. In looking back, I had a lot of fun with this endeavor and it turned out to be one of those accomplishments (like the curtains) that provide a sense of great satisfaction, not just in the process or final achievement, but in the days, weeks, and months that follow. Since Moby returned to the roads from her winter hibernation last spring, I have enjoyed driving, sitting, and waking up surrounded by this new, spruced up interior. As a bonus, it was not even a difficult project! Enjoy the installation of the last three panels.
Entire panel thread.
On the left is the new panel that fits between the sliding door and sink/icebox unit. It is held in place by one 1/8-inch pop rivet about 1/3 of the way from the top and a screw at the top (no hole in the panel needed for the screw). The 1/8″ hole was drilled earlier and looks small because the pop rivet expanded the hole in the original panel on the right.
The remaining original pop rivet in the bulkhead as seen from behind the front passenger seat. An 1/8″ drill bit swiftly removed the remaining aluminum.
Panel in place with new 1/8″ rivet.
While popping the rivet, I pressed the panel against the bulkhead to remove any gap between the two.
Panel installed, bottom between the floor and bulkhead, rivet popped, and top screw inserted. The top screw holds the panel in place by pinching the panel between a washer and the bulkhead.
New rear hatch panel on left.
Hatch insulation tucked into the pocket edges.
I first put two tension clips in the middle holes on the right and left side of the panel, lifted the panel into position, and then snapped the clips into the hatch. I then snapped in the center top and bottom clips to remove sag. The rest of the clips followed suite.
Rear hatch panel – done.
New sliding door panel on left, complete with a new decal from the same sheet used for the driver side panel behind the table.
It was a little tough getting a full shot of the panel after installation since I returned the icebox unit to its happy home, but here it the rear side. The panel went in similarly to the rear hatch with the center two side clips first, followed by the center top and bottom, and then the rest in no particular order.
Front side. For those of you who followed my blog from its early stages, note the sliding door handle repair is still working!