Happy birthday to me. Yesterday was my 50th.
Here's Durango wishing me a happy birthday, you young whipper snapper (he's 13 1/2 which makes him like 76 our age. I hope I look that good when I get old)
I was hoping to start the lift at 11:00 but it took longer that expected to get everything ready.
These things I could not cut through from inside and made me climb on the roof to cut. Once I got the roof cut free the pillars were easy. Using my circular saw with a 7" abrasive cutting blade it made short work of it. Using the Ram Supports to put tension of the roof prevented the saw from binding. All the popping and groaning the bus made when doing it was ... interesting.
It was weird walking through the bus and seeing the middle shift and the front not move, then getting off and seeing the front shift and the middle not. The Ram Supports held the roof up and felt very sturdy, I could only shift the roof about 1/2" either way, but it was not going anywhere.
At 12:35 we have lift off.
Up the first inch.
An hour and 15 minutes later it was done. It took little effort to turn the bottom nuts that lifted the roof. Nothing binded during the lift. My friend Jim was there for moral support and want to know if he could help. I only had one 15/16 wrench, but with only 3" left to go I remembered I have an adjustable that would work. I could have been done in under 40 minutes.
Now to start welding the bus back together. The roof had kicked out about 1/2" on the drivers rear and passenger front sides. When I clamped in the four corners to weld it came back into place.
I hung two plumb bobs, one front and the other rear to check alignment. I screwed the string to the roof support and spray painted over it to mark for when I lowered the string to make sure it was in the same place. Close enough for a skoolie.
Once I got the welder adjusted tit welded up just fine. The only other adjustment I will have to make is, when I cut the front roof free it spread out about an inch on both sides. The rear did not spread out like the front. I used one my ratchet straps and was able to pull it back in.
By 5:00 I had only eight supports welded in, but my neighbors, Blues BBQ Company, found out it was my birthday and brought over a bottle of rum and some Coke... What happens in the bus stays in the bus.
That blurry blue truck is them. That is about how it looked when we got done around 10:00
Happy birthday to me.