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Old 11-09-2009
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Hi Randy!
First of all... Sorry about the fire:
I remember reading about a panel that you had to cover the rear window on an FC. I'd like to make one for mine. Can you tell me... Does that panel fit in place where the window goes, heald in by the rubber molding, or does it fasten someplace else?. Also, Is it one panel that covers all 3 windows? I'd like to have no seams, and a Shiney Hinny with perhaps a nice mural!
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Thanks Jim,the loss of my coach is still hard to believe,plus its still in my driveway...

anyway,the rear cover is copied off the cover that BB built,its a flat sheet of steel with 1'' edges on it,kinda like a big sheet pan for making cookies.
It covers all 3 windows and its held on with 8 screws that screw into the vertical bars between the windows,its off the body by about 1/4''.
Something i thought about was hinging the top,s you could swing it up as a window awning ,or just leave it down for privacy.

I can ship this one to you!
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Randy:
I know what you are describing.. I can picture it! I thought yours was gone, but if not, I'm interested. How much are you asking for it, and where do I send the money? As far as shipping goes, I'll be heading to Fl soon, so if I send you the money, would there be a problem hanging on to it for a month or so? If not, I can pick it up and it can ride home with me under the car on the trailer.
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This is a new one that I made a few years ago,we were making one for Woodys first coach and we made 2 at that time.
I will hold it here for you to pick up,pay me then!
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Old 11-11-2009
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Ok Randy, Thank you, I'll buy it!
I think the idea about the hinges is great, but I don't think it would work on mine. The ladder's in the way.
I'm assuming it's light , maybe 20 gauge?. I think I'll weld a few ribs (maybe 1" square tubing) inside to stiffen things up some, then take the glass out. I slept in the bus on a few chilly nights, and to me it seemed drafty near the rear window. So, I'll insulate with foam panels, ( maybe the stereo will sound better too), and maybe put a mirror or something else inside to cover things up.
Great.. this will be my first project for Spring! I plan on painting the bus in the future, changing colors from The Brown and Cream to Blue and Silver, but for now, I'll just paint it Cream, and maybe add a mural!
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leave the glass,insulate over it and put a mirror over that.
Ed Wimberly has many sheets of mirrored lexan for sale,thats the stuff that BB used in the ceilings of the newer birds.

Ed is in Ga,so when you come down,stop at his place and get a sheet.
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Here is the picture of our 88FC, rear cover.
The picture was sent to Woody & Randy as they were building.

Forget the hinge, make it easily detachable for use as a big food cafeteria tray at the RATS Pot Luck Dinners.
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Jim Randy
Might I suggest that measurements be taken to know how large to cut lexan? It's a 4ftx8ft sheet gonna be difficult to find room for it from Perry Ga to Archer Fl. Still has protective sticky paper covering on it.
Also have Black Lexan for those who might not want to see themselves in a LARGE mirror
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The PO on our Bus did the Mirror on the inside but didn't install a out side cover. He went for the Limo look I guess.
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Nice pictures, Bill, I think it looks great!
Randy, leaving the glass there I agree is a better idea, I think it would help to insulate, but one question, I was thinking about this earlier.
I had this panel all installed along with a nice mural, welded and filled with no seams, all done in my head( to me the older wanderlodges remind me of huge covered wagons, so maybe a wagon train, or desert scene for the mural).... then I thought, Isn't that rear window also an emergency exit?
It looks like it would kick out easy in case of a fire or accident. Do the side windows kick out easy? If not, I'll make it removable from the inside, with a couple of pins like the ones on areobatic airplanes, so when the wing rips off, you can pull the pins on the door, and jettison! The window may have to go though. Or maybe a latch like the ones found on a garage door.
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