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Old 08-19-2013, 02:17 PM   #211
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

see that's what I want to do; raise rear 2/3rds

the scenicruiser is my dream bus
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #212
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Question about riveting.

This is how I plan to rivet the sides of the bus. I'm using the same spacing that the panels around the emergency door uses, 3 1/2" from top then 4 1/2" the rest of the way down.

Here is my pillar after raising the roof.



This is with sheet steel skin over lapped and riveted with above spacing.



My question is; as you can see it will leave two rivets only riveted to the sheet steel skin.



Is this OK, or will this cause an issue later on?
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:21 PM   #213
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I believe that'd hold just fine. There shouldn't be much stress on that area.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #214
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

I found two of these on e-bay for $75 each.



They are 35" x 9" tinted RV windows. I think they will work on my new forward cap I have to make for the raised roof. I have anywhere between 12" - 15" depending on how I slant the front area. With the trim ring they are 36 1/4" Wide X 10 3/8" Long X 1 3/4" Deep
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:15 AM   #215
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Beautiful job on the roof raise! Like others have said, I like the style, it's going to be great!!!
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

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I found two of these on e-bay for $75 each.

They are 35" x 9" tinted RV windows. I think they will work on my new forward cap I have to make for the raised roof. I have anywhere between 12" - 15" depending on how I slant the front area. With the trim ring they are 36 1/4" Wide X 10 3/8" Long X 1 3/4" Deep
Perfect!!

And I agree that only having rivets attached to the skin in that area won't hurt a thing. The skin is just keeping the elements out
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:04 AM   #217
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This is looking awesome! I can't wait to see how those windows look on the slant at the front.

Excuse me if this is off-topic but I thought that I might ask you since you're neck-deep in a roof raise... do you think that doing a roof raise by cutting ABOVE the windows would be much harder? When I get a bus I'd like to keep all of the original windows, raise the roof 10-12" and add small windows above the originals (in the space created by the raise) and on the slant (like you're doing). Anyone see a major issue with that kind of raise? Has it been done?

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This is looking awesome! I can't wait to see how those windows look on the slant at the front.

Excuse me if this is off-topic but I thought that I might ask you since you're neck-deep in a roof raise... do you think that doing a roof raise by cutting ABOVE the windows would be much harder? When I get a bus I'd like to keep all of the original windows, raise the roof 10-12" and add small windows above the originals (in the space created by the raise) and on the slant (like you're doing). Anyone see a major issue with that kind of raise? Has it been done?

Thanks

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It would be a little tricky to cut above the window. You have cross supports at the window line. If you cut above, you have nothing to support your roof horizontally. You would have to weld something in to keep the roof in alignment. I have a gutter right at the roof line that I will put my new steel under to prevent leaking. Not sure how you would do that above the window line.

Anything is possible. I have not seen anyone do it above the windows; in the window area gives you an easy place to re-attach the roof.
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Those windows will look great, I'd definitely go with the tinted and you can't beat the price. Some days I wish I'd have raised our roof, the rear 2/3rds is a great idea, would've cleared the stove pipe too.
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Anyone try to install one of these retractable screen doors on the front door? I may give this a try.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/ODL-Stand...-100656632-_-N
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