Re: Sara & Andy's Bus
Hey Guys --- great unit and a great start. Wanted to pass along some info that came from Blue Bird years back. I was doing a 19" roof raise on a 40' All American and happened to move to Georgia where I met an engineer from the Bird plant. When I queried him about the planned raise, he recommended staggering the actual cut locations on each rib to prevent creating a "weak line". Hadn't thought about it, but made sense, so I cut every other rib at a different height. Only used two measures, just alternated them. One near the top of one window side, the next near the bottom. Used the same jack and tube insert idea but I did order several complete BB roof ribs and cut patch sections from them. Learned that BB does not (did not at that time, at least) even sell a "repair section. If a rib was damaged, they insisted on replacing the whole thing to insure 100% structural integrity. I slipped a floor to ceiling square tube inside each cut rib, tacked it in place, then added the patch segment over the difference and then welded it all together. In theory it should be every bit as strong as the original, one piece rib that is unique to the Bird approach. Turned out very solid with no evidence of body flex whatsoever. Just thought I'd pass it along.
Keep up the good work, and keep up the pix!