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Old 03-03-2010, 09:30 AM   #11
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Progress makes me happy....need more metal.

Looking from end to end on the top of the bus really gives you a view of the enormity of this rig.

Fabrication like this really takes a long time, especially, when its just you and the stereo.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:13 AM   #12
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Nice rack! What do you plan to use for decking? I really like the way you attached the horizontal runner above the windows to attach the rack. I think I will imitate that when I build mine. So is there any support in the center of the roof, or is it only supported on the sides? I was thinking it would be nice to have it sit on the roof in addition to being supported on the sides, with maybe rubber cushioning in between, but I'm not sure how feasible that would be, or if it would cause problems...
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:16 PM   #13
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No, there is no support in he middle...yet. If the rack proves to be more flexible than I want I will attach it to those runners that run the length of the bus. I am decking it with a fiberglass honeycomb product normally used in airplanes. Very strong, light weight, and water proof. I am either going to cover that with outdoor carpet or "grizzly grip".

The only problem I see attaching to the roof is I believe you would have to drill all the way thru and bolt it down vs just a sheet metal screw. IMO the flexing would eventually jerk the screws out. I prefer not to drill all the way thru. We'll see.

If you come down Wimberley way...come on by. I might have some stuff you can use.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:54 PM   #14
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I'm not a welder, but I wonder if you could just weld to those roof runners? Or is the metal too thin? What about welding to the metal frame arches that span sideways underneath the roof? Even if you melt the outer sheet metal, you would eventually hit the frame, right? I agree that I would not want to make any holes in the roof unless it was being back-filled with weld.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:24 PM   #15
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Yes...welding directly to the roof is an option. The mig welder lead I have is right at ten feet, which is not long enough to reach and I will burn a hole in the bus sheet metal with a stick welder. It is fairly stiff as it is and it isnt finished. I ll make the decision after laying a sheet or two of fiberglass down.

Square dancers??? Not really my type. Now those friendly ladies who use those poles, I think they call them pole dancers? Lots of those I think would do.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:47 PM   #16
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Hey, I just saw a bunch of RV windows went up for sale today on the Austin craigslist RV section. I don't need them, but I noticed you've skinned your whole bus, so maybe you could use them.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:46 AM   #17
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Hey, I just saw a bunch of RV windows went up for sale today on the Austin craigslist RV section. I don't need them, but I noticed you've skinned your whole bus, so maybe you could use them.
Figures.....I bought new ones six months ago.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:28 AM   #18
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I see you have a Thomas, so probably have the same rain drip edge over your windows that I do. How did you attach your window skins above the windows? It looks to me like the drip edge will not allow me to access the area above the window from the outside. My only idea so far is to weld from the inside of the bus and have the skin just barely overlap the top edge so I can get some caulk in there from the outside. How did you do it?
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I haven't attached it up there yet. I will prolly use a glue product like Sika or PL Premium with maybe a few holes drilled into the drip edge so that I can install a screw every few feet then fill the hole with bondo. Maybe JB Weld the piss out of it then shim it. I dont have a good plan...lots of maybe's but it will get done in the next two weeks. Ill let you know.
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