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Old 10-15-2016, 06:59 PM   #1
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Angry Lifted Roof Difficulty

Hello Everyone,
It has been a while since, I have posted.
I am struggling with patching up my lifted roof.
I raised the roof 16".
I left the roof section above the drives seat original height.
I removed the section between the ribs behind the drivers section and the lifted roof.
The problem is;
I cant figure out the pattern and how to make it work.
The curve of the roof and difference in heights is killing me.
I removed the rivets from the front and back of the two ribs on the span.
I cant figure it out and I don't want to use ten pieces to patch the roof.
Ideally, three pieces, left right and center but, I cant figure it out.

Help me please!
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:24 PM   #2
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:54 PM   #3
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use some cardboard to make a template and cut to fit
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They trick is to used some thing very flexible like cardboard or construction paper. When you draw/cut it out it wont look like what your doing at all. Mudda earth shows him doing it in his video.
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You could use fiberglass, Thats what i did,mistake I made was trying to put the first layer down in one big piece it got wrinkles in it so i ended up making it a lot thicker than I wanted to even it all out,
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Hi New2Skool.

Look up the broccoli bus by aaronsb. It will show you how he did his. Good luck.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:03 PM   #7
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Wonderful tips, thank you guys.
I will sneak into the garage at work tomorrow and snag one of the big cardboard boxes they mech guys use as a paint booth.
Second plan is running to the art shop and buying a roll of paper.
Thanks, I will update tomorrow.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:31 PM   #8
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do not use cardboard, i went through the same process you're doing right now. Use construction paper or something that will bend like sheet metal as aaronsb totally knows what he is doing. its not far into his build so do check it out.
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Check out my video of my transition. I've went 20 inches and added a window but pretty much the same theory. Use poster board rather than cardboard. Lay it in place as evenly and smoothly as possible around the contours and trace the edges. Cut it out, test fit it, trim if needed. You now have a pattern that should fit perfectly, trace that to the sheetmetal and just like magic....you'll have it done and fitting great. hope this helps. https://youtu.be/11ajL0hoaN8

Also....if that's your bus above In the photos....I'd add some more bracing from the raised section to the lower section. Check out more of my videos if you'd like. You should be able to see parts of the videos where my bracing is. The body of the bus is definitely structural, so Getting it back to its original strength or better is very important.
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Gents and possible ladies.
First, thank you all for the help.
Second, I claim victory to this round of skoolie battles.

I tried cardboard and had a hard time but, thin paper not much unlike butcher paper worked perfectly.

Mudda, first thank you for responding. I have watched your videos up to the lift series. Naturally, I should have paid closer attention to newer videos. For that, I am sorry and thank you for the work you do and videos you make. You do great work and have helped me along the way more than you could know.

Here are the end results.
The next step is to find a window to put in the opening.
Thanks again.
I added more structural bracing as well. I am going to double up and over lap a few sheets on the interior as well to try replicate the original design.






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