Its been a month since the roof raise started and i figured we'd be further than this...like always, but its still moving along. Got the first of the sheet metal hung today and the rest should go smooth from here. We spent a total of about $650 on all the metal to raise the roof, 26 - 24" 14ga c-channel pieces, 7 -4'X8' 20ga sheet metal(CR), and 6 - 6' of 1/8" angle iron. I don't think it was too bad of a price, and would gladly pay that for the extra headroom.
Have added angle iron to every other beam starting from the back to the front. The bus was only riveted every 3rd beam or so originally as you can see, so doing every two should be more than alright and should make up for riveting only one side of the made-up hat channel (C-channel/angle iron combo) to save money where we could.
Then got rid of those flimsy ass things the window sat in (underneath is an angle iron welded between the studs we will keep that) that was in the way of putting the sheet metal in. you can see it at the very bottom of the picture, and along with it came the thin strip of metal that was tucked under it that held the insulation in that i had cut off a year ago because i couldn't get to it. The X in tape in between the studs are where there will not be windows. The sheet metal will be tucked under the drip rail up top, over the lip of the sheet metal on the bottom and under the black trim that runs the length of the bus, and then riveted back together. I removed one black trim to inspect for rust but was spotless which kinda surprised me. although i can see the bottom ones may need to be treated. Without the black trim on though it made the sheet metal flimsy between the studs so the black trim in my opinion needs to stay to make the sheet metal more rigid and not wavy.
Now we begin the transition. without the help of this site, not really sure how i would've attempted this one. I owe a lot of this part to the build of aaronsb on broccoli bus, so thank you.
got it in there, tack welded in, certainly not done by any means and not pretty yet. gotta do some seam sealer stuff or bondo where the welds are on the seams. Then figure out if im going to weld or rivet to it the braces.
The roof will be made of 3 pieces, 2 sides and 1 middle. Sides are getting done first then the middle.
The best time lapse i can do.