I was inspired by Memory Roads, knowing that the previous owner had issues with the window up front, and the edge separation from the side panel to the cabover floor meant I was about to start a bigger project than anticipated!
THANKFULL, Memoryroads has been on this journey, and I'll be using his blog extensively for my rebuild.http://memoryroads.blogspot.com/
I know my job won't turn out as exceptional as his since I haven't worked with wood for years, but I'm into it now, no backing out.
I intend to do this in 3 stages:
--upper rebuild of cabover tieing into solid upper wood and cover window.
--frontal rebuild and flooring
--Sealing it up, final paint.
(Interior will be a 'spring' job next year.
As I began to explore, it didn't look pretty... musty smell starting filling my nostrils as I exlored deeper. Final verdict: partial Cabover rebuild with intentions to remove the window.
After pics below. I spent about 6 hours tearing it apart, keeping the old wood in tack to the best of my ability, for later measurements.
Next step is "clean up" on the steel frame, including rustoleum finish.Tear off complete
(http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL767/2726312/21767624/374036752.jpg)Extensive rotting on the main floor and bracing of cabover
(http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL767/2726312/21767624/374036753.jpg)The large 6 ft window caused most of this water damage
(http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL767/2726312/21767624/374036755.jpg)Upper wood structure yet to be removed, measured for dimension. Steel frame yet to be cleaned up.