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Old 10-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #191
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When do we get to see the jeep in it?
I'd like to say soon, but I don't want to cut open the back of the bus until I have the front half sealed and secured. I'm also looking forward to seeing the Jeep in there.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:46 PM   #192
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You'd think with the weather being so nice that I would have been busy working on the conversion. Alas, this is not the case.

Oh, well, here's an update: The roof deck access hatch got another small upgrade today. I installed a set of heavy duty brackets to hold the lid open when I'm on the roof. They are rated to hold something like 100 pounds each and came as a matched pair. Very sturdy.


When opened, they lock into position and can't be closed unless I push a little button on each bracket. I wanted to be absolutely sure there was no way this heavy lid would close on its own. (For the record, that little gap in the weatherstripping is starting to drive me nuts, even though I know it will make no difference in the weatherproofness of the hatch. It's just an aesthetic aberration that I hate.)


Before the weather gets too cold to work outside (it's either too hot or too cold for most of the year in central Florida), I think I'm going to finish the roof deck. Then I can work on the interior with a heater and not freeze my butt off.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #193
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You could "paint" the missing weatherstrip area with a sharpie to make you and camera happy

Oh and "too cold to work outside.... in central florida"
Sorry I know most of ya"l don't even have a heat pump or wood stove....but that made me laugh
I'm already wearing coveralls (insulated with my 1000gr boots in the am,when it's 21 deg)

Nice job by the way on the hatch....just giving you hell
I prefer the cold to a point...it keeps yellow jackets and hornets at bay...I hate them and they love me(wife says I'm too sweet)
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #194
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Oh and "too cold to work outside.... in central florida"
Sorry I know most of ya"l don't even have a heat pump or wood stove....but that made me laugh
I'm already wearing coveralls (insulated with my 1000gr boots in the am,when it's 21 deg)
While I plan to have this thing very well insulated, I DO NOT plan to visit the northern climes in the winter. Brrrr.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #195
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Weather in Houston is no fun either., Summers are 9 months of 100+ then a few weeks of "freeze yer a$$ off". Doesn't seem to be any period of anything like "normal" temps or weather. Ah well...at least we have hurricanes to keep things interesting.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:55 PM   #196
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I wish I had this kind of enthusiasm all the time! The roof deck is coming right along. I should have it completely finished in the next day or two.

This is from the rear looking forward. The empty space in front of the hatch is for solar panels and will not be decked. Tonight I also sketched out a plan for side railings that will fold down for travel, yet provide a bit of a safety net to prevent wandering off the edge and falling to my untimely death.

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:24 PM   #197
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Roof deck is complete. I will probably add some collapsible side rails to enhance safety, but for now, this is it. I'm very happy with the results.

You can see here how none of the weight of the deck is directly on the roof skin—everything is supported by the side walls and the extrusion that attaches the roof to the walls. Also, the hatch is attached to and mostly supported by the interior framing, which again transfers the weight to the side wall framing inside. (In the foreground is the rear A/C unit which will eventually be sold on craigslist along with the already removed front unit.)


Beautiful weather for roof projects.


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Old 12-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #198
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Really like the deck....... great job!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #199
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Good lookin' work & a great lookin' rig! --- I'm also planning a roof deck that will span over instead of on the roof. Hope to start welding some of the brackets soon. And my plan does call for fold-down rails. Especially since the primary purpose will be serve as the bar/lounge area. Either a market umbrella or some similar shade device is in the works too.

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Old 12-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #200
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Glad to see that there are still a few folks around who can do such fine work. It looks great. Jack
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