Getting rid of rear side windows

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Getting rid of rear side windows

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I did a fair amount of bodywork on our camper a good few years ago. Unfortunately some of the rust has come back , especially around the rear side windows. We have been using the van regularly for holidays , days and weekends out and we have it pretty much as we like it.
We have thermal blinds permanenty fixed in the rear side windows and closed curtains. As a result I am contemplating getting rid of the rust and the window in one go.
What options do I have , body cuts off a van , replacement full side panel ( very expensive), or making a plate with joggled edges to fit the cut out. ?
Has any one done similar?
This job will be along with doing some other panel replacing and re trimming the interior.
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£125 for a 5mm Aluminium Window ! F*****!

I would draw round one of your windows and cut the metal out with a jigsaw 

you could do both windows and buy a jigsaw and have plenty of change.

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I see where you're coming from but I want to get rid of the hole that's there from the windows being fitted in the first place.
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maybe some body cuts from a panel van then

easier than trying to make weld in bits for window recesses :ok
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:ok
Was thinking about a full side panel but very expensive and probably not necessary
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cut it out neat to remove the crap , bond a nice piece of steel to the inside ,a few csk rivits to hold it and a fibreglass louvre panal you know the sort bonded on the outside, this way needs no welding skills you can do it yourself and it is an option
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Thanks for that, never thought of the louvered panels to cover the mess I'd make , thanks .
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That’s a Autosleeper isn’t it , so panel van cut windows ? Phedds ole van? 
you should have enough spare to repanel Or fit factory sized glass . 
 
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I'd go for these if you win the Euromillions:

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Hi Steve , yes it is Phredds old van , we've had it around 9 years now. Hope we gave it a new lease of life when we took it on. We still call it Jambo as he christened her.
I've got a few options open to me now but still thinking of plating the rear sides up as the windows arent used and will make the sides in the back a bit more usable.
Hope you are keeping well.
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Love those storage units , now that's given me an idea and it wouldn't cost anywhere near that much , thanks for the inspiration .
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