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Old 09-11-2019, 08:15 PM   #1
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Here's my '99 IC, which will be keeping the tail number from its time in the fleet as its permanent name.

Doing a Firefly impression on the lot in Colorado:
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see the resemblance?

I love the cockpit. It doesn't have plastic dinosaurs, but there is a sweet tiger sticker:
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First step of demo- half a million seat bolts and a trip to the dump
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Next; floor, wall, and hateful itchy fiberglass removal and discovery of rust holes. All things considered, not too bad in the rust department. Oh and another trip to the dump. This time I got to try out the rough road performance of the bus and get an empty weight of 18,000 lbs from their scale
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Ospho...
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Colorado Custom Coachworks did a fantastic job on my 16" roof raise. I picked 16" because it brought the exterior height to just under 12', meaning I can make it under most modern bridges. Even so, I use Sygic Truck Navigation to make sure I don't have a bad day.
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Big Foot
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Parallel Parked. You can't see it, but the bus is playing moving truck in this picture. Filled floor to ceiling from the first rib behind the driver's window to the back door. 26,600 lbs from the CAT scale. The transmission got mad at hills until I got to a lower elevation so I may put a transmission cooler and bigger oil pan on it later on. Interesting that the performance limitation is the transmission instead of engine power.
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Ahh, look at all that head room! The center of the ceiling arch measured 77" stock, so after the roof raise and 6" of subfloor insulation I should still have room for a shower head that aims higher than my shoulders.
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Next up is hunting down all the holes in the skin and sealing them, then exterior paint so the NY winter doesn't ruin those nice sheet metal panels
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:25 PM   #2
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SketchUp planning

I used the planning process as an opportunity to learn SketchUp.
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Funny, I was thinking about layouts and was pondering two twins over a queen and wondering how that would work. Of course I wasn't thinking about it with a roof raise, but instead on a standard height. Can't wait to see the progress. Looks awesome so far.

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In this design I have a water tank under the "master" bed. (I'm pretty sure I can fit a king mattress, width-wise) If you put the mattress on the floor or a low frame you would have another foot or so to work with. I think it would be very doable even without a roof raise, especially if the people in the upper bunks are kids.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:45 PM   #5
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What did the roof raise cost? And how much did they do for the $?
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:04 PM   #6
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Hey caldayton! If your ever in Rochester look us up. Would be fun to talk bus.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:04 PM   #7
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What did the roof raise cost? And how much did they do for the $?
They start at ten grand there.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:40 PM   #8
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Don't let those holes by the wheel wells worry you - it's just Nature's Way of letting you know you're still on the ground.

I have similar holes (just a lot worse) and one issue with that particular hole is it's at the under-floor stiffener to which the mudflaps are attached. How are you planning to repair that bit? I'm replacing my entire floor around the wheel wells so this is only something I'm curious about.
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