Now to assemble and weld. I have not welded in six years and my farm welder is an arc welder. I picked up a wire feed welder to use in the bus because all my farm welding was 1/4" or bigger, with lots of crud to weld through, it worked good for that. So some practice welds first.
First attempt, I did not get good penetration on the top piece.
This went a little better. It was hard getting use to the wire being pushed out into the steel, instead of me feeding the rod myself.
So here we go.
Here are all the pieces.
Assembled and ready to be welded. I think I stared at this for about 15 mins before I got the courage to start welding. Once started, it did not take long to get them all done.
One support and ram ready to go.
Here they all are. I checked each one to make sure they did not bind on the threaded rod. After I moved the ram up to where it needs to be to attach to the roof, I still had 12" of lift. I only need 10"
Once I attach these to the window pillars. I still have to measure and weld the piece that will bolt to the roof.
This is similar to what Gumpydog did to raise the roof on his MC9 bus. He welded the angle iron to the window pillars, I did not want to do that, so I stole the support and ram idea from "The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate"
You can see how Gumpydog did his roof raise here http://www.gumpydog.com/Bus/MC9_WIP/...g_the_roof.htm
Here is a close up of my weld, I hope it will be good enough.