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Old 10-07-2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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My big fat interior (re)build

Ok, here Ďtis....the one you guys have all been patiently awaiting since I posted up for sale (sold to new forum members Slingskins) our original Ď03 SMB RB-50 interior a few weeks ago. Iíve already been asked why I would take a perfectly fine and in relatively good working order SMB build and gut it vs. selling this rig and finding an unmolested van to build out. Simple-Iíve owned this rig since Ď06, Iíve personally put on over 100K of the now 160K on the clock and counting. I know it and all the maintenance thatís been done and itís never left me stranded. Another big part of it is all the upgrades itís gotten over the years, including the suspension pretty much being rebuilt and the CCV top swap. Last but certainly not least is that I love my 7.3 diesel!!
The last piece to the puzzle is the aging interior. Iíve been thinking about doing a remodel for the last few years, an ambitious endeavor for sure, especially since we plan to be in Baja, with the rig in November, hopefully completed! Oye.....we shall see....
So far-
I started with the removal of the SMB interior....
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It was in pretty good shape considering itís age and being put through the ringer over the years. It all remained fairly intact, and I left the sections assembled for easier install for the new owners....
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The happy new owners (and me)....
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Stay tuned(only if you want). More to come....as I catch up to where Iím at now and Iíll post things up as I go and details of whatís in the plans for the new build.
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:30 PM   #2
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Start with the necessities. You need one of these on the dashboard.

Bling bling!!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Crys...+car+dashboard
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:06 PM   #3
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My big fat interior (re)build

Perfect! Iíll even let you buy it for me...
There wasnít too many surprises uncovered, although there were many places I found that SMB used the ďthrow some screws in until one sticksĒ method, missed taking any pics of that.
Hereís more shots of the interior in different stages of deconstruction....
A decent amount of fiberglass insulation, gotta go!
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The ďrats nestĒ of wiring, both from SMBís original build, but added to over the years by aftermarket stereo guys, CCV for both their pop top and all my LED lights on the roof and solar.
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Most if not all of the 12V and shore power wire....romex!! Gotta go!
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And yes, that is the remains of the copper tubing from the propane system and enough coaxial cable to wire up a house built in the 80ís....gone!
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Getting there....
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I also discovered we had been collecting and toting around enough sand from everywhere weíve traveled from Powell to Baja to the California desert, and places beyond, filling up every nook and behind every panel to create our own desert oasis. I first vacuumed and then put on the respirator mask, set up a box fan inside the rig and got out the big air compressor with a blower nozzle and opened er up on every square inch....whoa! It just kept billowing out from behind every panel!
The biggest challenge was pulling up the ply that SMB put down using a caulking adhesive generously applied to each floor rib.....I needed to bust out the big breaker bar to gain enough leverage. I was hoping to be able to pop each of the 3 pieces out intact to be able to reuse it, but no such luck!
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The right tools for the job....
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Ugh!! Luckily the only rust spot to be found....a peculiar spot, just beside the drivers rear wheel well. Although thereís so many holes going through the floor for everything from 12V electrical to plumbing to stereo cables, Iím surprised the whole floor wasnít rusted out. And look thereís a hole right next to the rust where the rear bench seat used to bolt through, just left wide open....
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Memories........Actually, they didn't use any caulk in mine. The plywood was just sitting there covinering a pristine floor, after a lot of cleaning of course.
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My big fat interior (re)build

Itís not my intention to start yet another thread bashing SMBís build quality, thereís plenty of those to go around already, but rather provide another ďinsideĒ perspective.
It is amazing that through the years weíve slowly discovered that there was no set standard from build to build coming from SMB. I can understand a few differences in how things are assembled or changes in materials used through the years, especially when it comes to location of the build.
But as weíve learned, it varies greatly from one build to the next- how and where the plumbing and electrical is routed, amount and location of insulation used, to use adhesive or not on the plywood floor, plugging unused holes or just leave them open to the elements.
One thingís for sure, they do love their fabric covered panels!
Anyway....a little cross thread reference, as it was related.....

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I enjoyed my 2004 SMB very much but by the time I sold it I had re done so many things on it due to poor craftsmanship and materials. Screws that went into nothing, basically no insulation, plumbing routed through exterior walls that always froze, MDF cabinets that fell apart and a penthouse top that had to be rebuilt. I fixed it all and learned a lot in the process. One of them being that they charge a lot of money for the quality of work they do/did on interiors.

I have since built my own.

Kinda like this?....this is how I found my plumbing, the water line ran in a big loop BEHIND the insulation, right up against the outside wall! 🤦🏻*♂️
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for documenting this project. I've considered a similar interior remodel for many of the same reasons you are doing yours (except I have a 6.0, not a 7.3). I look forward to watching it come together!
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Oooh...can’t wait to see how it comes out!
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Sheesh! You're getting it done! You'll be happier with your own end product I have no doubt.
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Found much of the same when gutting my 50 interior. Non of mine was salvageable or wanted to save it after looking how it was installed. Good luck with your build can’t wait what you do. , I’ll have to start a thread for my de-smb as well.
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