Re: Sara & Andy's Bus
Hi Guys --- on mine, the square tube inserts ran from the floor up to just above the top of the windows (right where the curve begins) and he still recommended the stagger. All I can say is that it turned out to be very stout with no evidence of any flexing issues. One more thing...when you do get ready to start cutting the top loose, make sure to run several crossbraces from side to side, both above and below the cut line. Otherwise, both the freed top and the body sides can torque out of shape. The ribs are under a lot of loaded stress from the tension in the riveted sheet metal. I used about six lengths of 1-1/2 square tubes with 6x6 plates welded to each end so they could be clamped securely in place. I have also seen a couple of folks tack weld them directly then cut them loose once the top was re-attached. Bit of a pain to work around, but without them the whole bus can twist way out of alignment making the top difficult if not impossible to ever get back in proper position and straight.