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Old 09-11-2015, 01:54 AM   #41
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Who said he or she's an "armature"?
Most are or they would not be asking questions.

I made my point. I have nothing more to say to you on this topic.

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Old 09-11-2015, 02:12 AM   #42
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Alrighty, but I doubt anyones learning how to weld using their bus roof as practice. Just sayin.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:25 AM   #43
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As long as you went and did every other one and then went back to thru I am sure by the end of it every other one would be welded alright.
I also forget not everyone knows how to weld or work metal, I have been doing it since high school which is to say a while.
I vote for not raising the roof, too damn much work. Seriously how often are you just standing up, just standing there, hanging out, admiring the world upright, not sitting. Cooking and showering are the only prolonged times I am standing inside all else there are chairs, stools, couches. I am also pretty sure I can just cook and shower on a stool too. On that note I am going out side for a walk.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:44 AM   #44
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I hear you on those points, but In cold climates you can't add enough insulation without raising the roof.

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Old 09-11-2015, 03:49 AM   #45
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I'm in the tropics and I still need a raise. At only 5'10" I'm nearly hitting my head on the ribs and I don't have floors or a ceiling yet.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:50 AM   #46
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Well I'm 6'6" so raising the roof is pretty damn necessary for me.

I won't be welding it, I have a guy. I was just hoping I could get a variety of opinions on how to proceed because of the size of my ribs. I'm going to see how much it would cost to get hat channels made this morning. I'd rather bolt, but I have people down here telling me to weld. I'll send pictures here soon.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:30 AM   #47
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My 20" raise was essential for making the bus feel good inside. Living in a raised roof bus is wholly different than a stock height one and much nicer.

I did custom hat channel, too. Its in my build thread. I would recommend welding--a good weld is at least as strong as the steel around it. Bolts might feel satisfying, but I'd take a weld any day.

24" is a lot, but nat has good reasons for suggesting it. I did 20.

I also added a window above my windshield which really opened up the feeling of the interior.
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My 20" raise was essential for making the bus feel good inside. Living in a raised roof bus is wholly different than a stock height one and much nicer.

I did custom hat channel, too. Its in my build thread. I would recommend welding--a good weld is at least as strong as the steel around it. Bolts might feel satisfying, but I'd take a weld any day.

24" is a lot, but nat has good reasons for suggesting it. I did 20.

I also added a window above my windshield which really opened up the feeling of the interior.
Any structural issues at all since the raise?
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I'll look through the build thread to see if anyone's posted pics of this but what are y'alls thoughts on only a partial roof raise? In my mind it seems like the biggest aggravation with such a concept is the fabrication of angled and contoured panels to re-enclose the interior.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:09 PM   #50
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I'll be doing a raise from just behind the drivers area to the rear. Will have a sheetmetal guy/shop do the panel for the transition area. Will be adding some square tubing before and after the transition and tied together as well, for strength.
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