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Old 10-15-2015, 08:39 PM   #31
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Second what Nat said. I also had new hat channel pressed for my raise--it keeps the stock integrity and leaves you with the flange for riveting the new steel to. Well well worth the cost to get this bit right, imo.

If you do it right, the weld should not be a weak point--its usually stronger than the steel around it.

Plenty of folks have gotten away with doing things less than perfect--but thats because of the awesome redundancy and strength inherent in a skoolie.

I wanted to maintain that strength though, not rely on it to make up for my bad engineering

Best of luck out there, you're in balls deep now!
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:40 PM   #32
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I can understand the whole weak point idea, but I have come to the same conclusion as Nat.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:41 PM   #33
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I would say that in a good design, you don't add any 'weak points'
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:43 PM   #34
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How will you attach the new sheet steel to the tubing?

Do you have a plan to keep the new sheet steel from becoming a wrinkled mess from the uneven height of the support ribs from the old to the new tubing splices?

Just remember, we are trying to help you avoid mistakes. We have a great deal of experience to share.

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Old 10-24-2015, 08:31 PM   #35
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Ok well I ran into a few snags. I definitely messed up and didn't have the roof braced from front to back as I lifted and had a mishap. Well I have recovered and the roof is now in place. The tubing is the same thickness as the window frames. I forgot to take a pic of how I modified the end of the tube but it has a lip that the window frames are resting on, they sit flush to each other.


Gotta break out the welder tomorrow to make it permanent...
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:29 PM   #36
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Looks awesome, what did you use to left it?
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:35 PM   #37
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Looks awesome, what did you use to left it?
I used my engine hoist to lift it.

I did make some progress today. All the wood supports came out and the uprights are all welded in. I need to get some more steel tubing. I'm going to use some to shape the front taper and in the rear corners.


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Old 10-25-2015, 09:02 PM   #38
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Who are you using in Michigan for Insurance, we bought an already converted bus and not having good luck finding coverage?
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:32 AM   #39
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Well not a ton of progress lately. Life getting in the way and what not. And the stupid time change really sucks. I did finally get a piece of skin installed last night. Now that I think I have a method I think I can the bulk of that done this weekend since...
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Amazing how much bigger a bus looks once you raise the roof.

A big hell ya to one more raised.

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