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Old 09-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #291
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Really like the way this is coming along...beautiful job
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #292
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Dude, this is so fun to watch. You are doing an amazing job. It looks huge!! Hope tomorrow is a good day for you!
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #293
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Great project! You're coming along very quickly with nice quality work. I really like this bus.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:28 PM   #294
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The bus is coming along nicely. Looks great. You can buy rub rails from the bus parts companies.
Thanks, I will check on that.
crazycal came through. In Tutorials and How-to's he posted Body panel parts. with a link to a website that has the T123 Rub Rail 10 ft. section for a Thomas bus.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #295
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Thanks for the encouragement people.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:15 PM   #296
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Dude, I am loving this project. I hope I get the opportunity one day to replicate exactly what you are doing with your roof raise. I'm really looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #297
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Wow! Nice work man. Looks great!
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:07 AM   #298
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Your bus now looks very stylish, unusual, and distinct.

I wonder if there is a way to put glass on the caps. It would let light in. A taste of old GMC buses.

Having looked at your new pictures, I think (just my opinion) that you should have the openings vertical instead of slanting.
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Your bus now looks very stylish, unusual, and distinct.

I wonder if there is a way to put glass on the caps. It would let light in. A taste of old GMC buses.

Having looked at your new pictures, I think (just my opinion) that you should have the openings vertical instead of slanting.
I do have two windows that i plan to use.



They won't fit if I go vertical, I have to put a slight slant to have enough space for them.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:58 PM   #300
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Well... Three hrs with flimsy cardboard on a ladder in the wind and I almost gave up. I got to the bus at 8:00 to get an early start and by 11:00 was ready to sell the bus.

I took a lunch break and went to Mc Dees. A quarter pounder deluxe later and I had a break through. Just like that old TV show "Name that tune", Tom, I can connect that roof in four pieces, OK connect that roof.

The first two pieces are the hard ones. On the good note, once I got one figured out the other is a mirror image.

After measuring the roof, I figured out if I can get the first piece to go the first 18" The left over 6.5' would almost be straight. With my quarter pounder deluxe break through, it only took me two tries. the first one was very close.



I used this to make a template for the other side and used it in reverse.



At first I thought I could connect the two with one straight piece, but after putting it together I see that where it meets in the middle will be at an angle. So it will take two.



This was not easy because I had to do it all from the ladder. I need to build a support under the roof so I can climb on top and make a more accurate template.



Here it is from the side.



Here I put one of the window trim rings on. The steel is 14.5" wide and the trim ring is 10.5". Now I'm exhausted and going to take a break and let it stew around to see if I come up with any problems. Let me know what you all think.
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