Hello All. I'll warn you ahead of time that this will be a pretty mundane report being made even more mundane by virtue of its author having caught a cold (I'm sure I got it from my favorite clerk at Mc Donalds who makes me a SPECIAL cup of coffee each morning and who was sneezing all over me the other day. All is forgiven though because when she was asked by another server why I got the special service she said, and I quote,"Because he's sexy". Made my day!) Oh well, that's the best I can do to spice things up--being sick and all
Now that the pop up seems to be working properly it is time to work on the inner roof panels to the left and right of the pop up. The right side (passenger) will support cupboards and the range hood along with lighting. The left side (drivers) will only have to support itself and the insulation and a light or two. Fortunately, the right side panels while rusty seem to be plenty stout and other than rust treatment and paint should not need further work. Not so for the drivers side.It is badly rusted through from leaks in the center of the roof and will have to have sections replaced.
Originally the L & R panels were one continuous sheet down each side. They sort of half unbolted and half fell off when I removed them and it was soon clear that the only way I could put them back in (by myself) was to cut them into 3 sections each. Once they are carpeted the seams won't show and should I need to get into the insulated area, the panels will make that job easier.
I also completed cutting down the range hood and shaping it to the contours of the inner roof. Happily I won't have to have the vent showing as the hood will vent through the "eyebrows" that are part of the side windows. I still have to build the connection from hood to eyebrow but at least I won't have to have a nasty looking vent sticking out of the roof of the bus or have cooking fumes blown back in my face as so many sticks and stapels do!
[b]Inner roof panels, see the rust through on the left?
[b]Once the panels were removed the rust was even more apparent.
[b]Inside pic of the rusr that needed to be cut out and replaced
[b]This pic shows the repaired "rain gutter" built into the roof--75 years of rain proved to be too much for it. It is the white below the stainless trim with the bolts.
[b]These are the patch panels which will be welded into the inner roof panels
[b[b]The eyebrow just to the left of the blue "T" shirt is where the range hood will vent,