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Old 03-09-2014, 11:57 PM   #15
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I've got a 1981 Excella. Diesel, 28', rear bath. Bought it last summer in North Carolina and am working on it and trying to get it roadworthy by this summer.

I would really like to do more to the small shower area. Anyone have any pics
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:13 AM   #16
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Pics of our Bullet Eighty1

Notice the floor mats & seats, we had our embroiderer do the material before the upholsterer started stitching We went with a old school looking cloth, we could have done leather but we didn't want to stray too far from the original look. We did upgrade the stereo to a cd player and it has ipod input and a rearview camera to lessen the chance of an oops.
We have 4 pieces of birch plywood that store under the curbside bed and we pull them out over the walkway, fold down the beds and presto a king size bed)) My wife made "roman blinds" and pillows from matching material. While she may not be restored to original, we have tried to keep with the spirit of the old school looks.
We do not yet have an awning,,we're thinking of a 24' X 10' rope & pole, for now we're happy with our pop up canopy and home made silver bullet beer can patio lanterns The propane campfire is nice too, we are allowed to use it even during firebans.
No matter were we are, rollin down the road, in a campground or at a music festival our "Bullet Eighty1 " gets lots of looks and positive comments.

Chris & Denise
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:41 AM   #17
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Looks great? Have a question though. With the laminate over the engine / cockpit area does it make it louder inside the MOHO when I the road? I use carpet and a sound deadner to help with noise.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #18
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I guess its a bit louder, but not noticeably, it came with sound deadener under the doghouse but its kinda ratty, we are going to replace it with a good quality sound deadener. I think the plywood floor from the factory deadens most of the racket. We also have matching custom floormats that cover almost the whole driver & passenger floor so I guess that helps.
When you really think about it your driving a very fancy aluminum barrel down the road, there is only so much you can do I also like the sound of a Chevy big block and would prefer to hear any oddball sounds before they become major sounds
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:36 PM   #19
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Ok. And Where did u get the floor mats and can u post a pic? Thx
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This is one fine interior! What is the spare tire cover made of? It's a hoot.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:10 AM   #21
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FLOOR MATS were made by our upholsterer, he just kind of cut the right shape out of black auto carpeting, they have a split in them to go around the seat pedestal so they cover almost the whole floor, he then bound the edges with the same material as the goucho is covered with and sewed the embroidered piece onto them, then glued an anti slip backing onto the underside. I'll try to find pics for you but it really is a simple process. If anyone wants them I can try to see what he would charge, mine were just part of the cost of the interior.

SPARE TIRE COVER, its simply an automotive wrap, basically a big sticker, most good size towns have someone who does them. We are going to continue the spray on the rear window. They can take any art, transfer it to vinyl and stick her on, cheaper & more open to creativity than paint.

Enjoy the day folks.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:21 AM   #22
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Floormat & front seat pic,

This isn't the best pic but you can get the basic idea from the small mats, the drivers and passenger mats have a slit from the outboard wall to the pedestal which allows them to be large 1 piece mats and the slit is not where you walk so its not something you would catch your feet on. The pedestal holds them in place but can be easily removed for cleaning.

Enjoy your day, Chris
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Cockpit floor mats

This will give you a basic idea of the mats we had made. We hope this gives you some ideas. Sorry they're so dirty, up here in Canada we are currently hibernating, cleaning comes in the spring when the snow is gone. Remember folks if someone does not make it with some imagination anything is possible.
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Looks great! Thanks for the idea.
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