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Old 08-13-2013, 06:22 PM   #181
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Got a little done tonight around the rain. I finished drilling, marking and attaching the other three Ram Supports. Al that is left is welding them together. Then I start cutting the roof.

Now I need to watch the weather to find a good weather window to raise the roof in.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:13 PM   #182
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:57 PM   #183
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Coming right along, looks great
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #184
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Well I got the four pillars cut using my circular saw with a 7" abrasive cutting blade.

Remounted my Ram Support - Roof Raising mechanism. Welded the piece that I bolted to the roof to it. I cranked up the Ram about 1/4" to put tension on the roof. 1) to see if anything breaks under the strain and 2) this should prevent my circular saw from binding when I cut the rest of the pillars.

Now I'm ready, just have to cut the rest of the roof free and up we go. It looks like the weather will be good to go on Saturday, which will be a fun way to spend my 50th birthday.

I'm busy tomorrow but Friday after work I will be back out. I guess I will have to find something else to start on.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #186
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #187
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So I started cutting my roof apart for the roof raise. and noticed I missed something.



I can't just cut through this thing, so I had to remove it. Then when I went to the front of the bus to make my first cut across the roof I see this big piece of steel.



So that had to be cut out. Behind this piece I have these at each corner that had to be cut through too.



Now I can get down to cutting the roof. Oh wait a second what are these, they have to come out too.



Now we are cutting, I can see daylight.



I cut all the way to the cross brace and stopped. This way the roof is still attached.



Tomorrow I have to cut through this brace and the rest of the pillars.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #188
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I can understand raising the roof on a bus if a person is too tall to walk in it without crouching. Fortunately, I am five foot nine inches tall. I do not have any problem walking through my bus.

I had a friend who was six foot four. He had to duck to walk through.

I have lived in vans in which I could not stand up. It was OK because I spent most of the time in them sitting.

Raising a roof on a bus is more work than I would ever want to do, not to mention that I am not skilled in metal fabrication. I admire the tenacity it takes to do a project like that.

I mentioned before that I would like to have a second floor in my bus. It would be old school. I would find a friend with a torch, and we would cut the top half of a Chevy window van off. Then we would weld it to the top of my bus. I would make a small entrance hole to the van top.

It would make a great spare bedroom. I dream of doing that old school roof addition. I just have to come up with the bucks. That may never happen. I still dream of it though.
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I dont allow people over 6' on my bus. Problem solved!
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I had a van, that I dumped for a bus because I was tired of not being able to stand up. I plan to insulate it well and that would make the interior hight 6', I'm 6'. Besides I like doing stuff like this and look forward to it, if it works out.
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