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Wall Panel – Part One

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The wall panel on the driver’s side is partially hidden by the Murphy Bed, a closet and part of the kitchen. The main rear side window will be permanently hidden, while the front side window will be available when the bed is in use. The smaller rear side window offers exterior views from the rear kitchen.

The wall panels are temporarily installed, to allow for the fitting of all the components. Insulation and necessary cabling will be added before final installation.

Two types of fasteners will hold it all together. A plusnut will keep the structural parts securely connected to the metal walls. They can hold the load of the bed, cabinets and content in place. Ordinary stainless steel rivets offer a secondary attachment method. Some of the visible parts of the paneling will also be covered with Formica.

Some precautions have to be taken when drilling holes in the metal side walls. Factory installed wiring can be behind the walls. Consult the Ford Transit Body and Equipment Mounting Manual (BEMM) to find the NO drill zones for your vehicle before making holes in the metal. Download the BEMM here!

The plywood panel size is 1/8“ x 8′ x 4′ (3 mm x 244 cm x 122 cm) and templates are used to make the necessary cut-outs; some additional window to wall supports are installed where needed.

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