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Old 07-15-2015, 07:55 AM   #281
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:11 PM   #282
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Still thinking about how to go about the whole roof raise. I was thinking, has anyone done, or know of it being done,a roof raise using the front and rear end caps of another bus of the same model and basically raising the center section behind the cab and just behind the last bow? I'm only going up 12"-14" so I can't see air flow being that big of a deal since my bus is basically like pushing a shoebox down the road anyhow. This would simplify the raise considerably and maintain maximum structural integrity to boot. If I use the ends like I have I would also get some added light through the cider windows. Any advice from experience out there? Maybe suggestions on where to get the parts?
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:00 PM   #283
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Yeah that is sorta the way it used to be done on buses.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:13 PM   #284
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Still thinking about how to go about the whole roof raise. I was thinking, has anyone done, or know of it being done,a roof raise using the front and rear end caps of another bus of the same model and basically raising the center section behind the cab and just behind the last bow? I'm only going up 12"-14" so I can't see air flow being that big of a deal since my bus is basically like pushing a shoebox down the road anyhow. This would simplify the raise considerably and maintain maximum structural integrity to boot. If I use the ends like I have I would also get some added light through the cider windows. Any advice from experience out there? Maybe suggestions on where to get the parts?
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:25 PM   #285
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Sojourner- I downloaded your barrelponics how-to about two years ago...funny running into you here! Ended up doing a regular dirt garden, but will try Aquaponics one day!

As for the roof raise, you could always sink the shower down through the floor for some extra headroom.
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:07 PM   #286
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I can't sink the shower into the floor for a couple reasons. One, the entire available space under the floor it taken up with basement storage. The space under the shower has a stabilizer jack and propane storage. I'd also have to lower the grey water tank for it to drain. Good ideas outside the box though. Even if the shower wasn't an issue, we'd still have to raise the roof for normal counter top height and reduce stepwell encroachment. We're gonna be living in it full time so we want it to be as comfortable as it can be. If ti was just a camper, we'd leave things as be and already be using it.
Thanks again for the suggestion!!
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:12 PM   #287
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Right on.

Whoop whoop! Raise the roof! Looking forward to watching your progress.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:51 AM   #288
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Hey guys and gals, just found an ebay store that might be of interest. Lots of truck stuff that could be used on a skoolie. I have not ordered from them or am endorsing them per se. Just thought it was a very large resource.

Cargo Control for Truck Trailer items in Global Parts Inc Kenworth Peterbilt Mack Freightliner Volvo store on eBay!
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:19 AM   #289
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Had a very interesting conversation with Walter Wade the other day concerning skoolies. He's a very nice man, and if you catch him near a phone he's not already on, a wealth of information. He has a skoolie graveyard and I've got to find a way to get up there someday.
Anyhow, he was mentioning the use of a 2 speed differential for getting good highway speeds in direct drive and when in the mountains, just chill out and take it easy. Sounds like a good idea to me since we plan on boondocking and could use the low side from time to time. I'm not finding much for the N190 rear axle though. Any suggestions?
Also, he mentioned adding a PTO to my trans (MT643) with a hydraulic pump to drive winches, log splitters, etc. i was even thinking of doing something like that for Lori's grain mill or a genset. Lot's of possibilities. Now to find a salvage dump truck with a 4.10 2-speed N190 rear and blown engine and MY643 tranny with a good PTO and pump unit on it. Oh yea, those are sitting on every corner. Also, going out to take some pics of the progress so far (had to stop, grinder died).
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:51 AM   #290
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Just an update on progress so far. Slow, I know, but progress nevvertheless.
The frames for my basement storage are made from 1x1x1/8" angle iron with a 1/2" strip of 14ga. welded on the edge making a "z" channel. I couldn't find what I wanted so I have to make it from scratch. The doors themselves will be made from 3/4" x 1.16" square tubing making the outer frame with a 14 or 16ga. sheet welded flush inside this frame. This will give me a strong edge to mount the gas cylinders onto as well as a sealing surface against the lip of the "z" channel that will leave an 1/8" gap to be filled with 3/16" weather strip. I was going to use something like hatch seal but decided to go low tech and be able to repair it almost anywhere if needed. Kind of the theme of this bus.









Here's a couple photo's of the refrigerator shelves I made after having them powder coated at a friends house. I don't think these are going to rust away anytime soon!!



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