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Old 01-21-2014, 01:55 PM   #671
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Its all good. It probably was that exothermic chemical reaction that drove you looney tunes enough to buy a bus. For the rest of us I suspect it was bad genes or sumpin.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:09 PM   #672
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Its all good. It probably was that exothermic chemical reaction that drove you looney tunes enough to buy a bus. For the rest of us I suspect it was bad genes or sumpin.

Is it bad genes or just simply . . .bad judgment

Oh but I love my PINK bus!!
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:41 PM   #673
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Question for you, I'm getting ready for my roof raise, I'm going to be cutting back from the forward section a little farther than you did, looks like I'll have about 34 1/2 inches unsupported for awhile, did you have any indication of the fwd portion of your stationary roof trying to sag on you? My plan is to cut the roof just in front of the rib over the rear of the front tire, that rib will be split leaving about 34 1/2 inches being supported by the ribs right behind the small window, what are your thoughts since you've already done this? & others as well please
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:53 PM   #674
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Before cutting Google this: PD4501 pictures

I always pictures what your doing to end up like a scenicruiser

Or Google scenicruiser pictures
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:04 PM   #675
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Before cutting Google this: PD4501 pictures

I always pictures what your doing to end up like a scenicruiser

Or Google scenicruiser pictures
Right kinda what I'm going for but they where built that way, I'm modifying sure would hate to have it drop down on me
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Question for you, I'm getting ready for my roof raise, I'm going to be cutting back from the forward section a little farther than you did, looks like I'll have about 34 1/2 inches unsupported for awhile, did you have any indication of the fwd portion of your stationary roof trying to sag on you? My plan is to cut the roof just in front of the rib over the rear of the front tire, that rib will be split leaving about 34 1/2 inches being supported by the ribs right behind the small window, what are your thoughts since you've already done this? & others as well please
It only sagged when i tried to stand on it. If you look through my thread you will see how I supported it to the raised section. The curve off the roof gives it strength.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:31 PM   #677
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Question for you, I'm getting ready for my roof raise, I'm going to be cutting back from the forward section a little farther than you did, looks like I'll have about 34 1/2 inches unsupported for awhile, did you have any indication of the fwd portion of your stationary roof trying to sag on you? My plan is to cut the roof just in front of the rib over the rear of the front tire, that rib will be split leaving about 34 1/2 inches being supported by the ribs right behind the small window, what are your thoughts since you've already done this? & others as well please
It only sagged when i tried to stand on it. If you look through my thread you will see how I supported it to the raised section. The curve off the roof gives it strength.
I saw that part my concern was before you got it all framed in
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Question for you, I'm getting ready for my roof raise, I'm going to be cutting back from the forward section a little farther than you did, looks like I'll have about 34 1/2 inches unsupported for awhile, did you have any indication of the fwd portion of your stationary roof trying to sag on you? My plan is to cut the roof just in front of the rib over the rear of the front tire, that rib will be split leaving about 34 1/2 inches being supported by the ribs right behind the small window, what are your thoughts since you've already done this? & others as well please
It only sagged when i tried to stand on it. If you look through my thread you will see how I supported it to the raised section. The curve off the roof gives it strength.
I saw that part my concern was before you got it all framed in
No, there wasn't any sagging.
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Sorry wmbailey didn't mean to steal your thread, the wife & I sat in the bus for little more than a hour yesterday discussing what we wanted, the origanal idea was to leave enough driver area for 4 passengers thats why I was planning on cutting where I origanally planned, but we decided to build it stricly for us, 2 people only so I'm moving my cut fwd 17in so the cut will be center of the first full window.
No problem it happens all the time.

I cut my roof right at the window support to give me a secure place to attach everything. I don't know if there will be issues cutting between supports. But for roof sag, I had the whole width of my window sheet metal hanging free before I attached it and it did not sag until I wanted to stand on it. The curve of the roof gives it strength.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:53 AM   #680
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Suggestion for any roof raise (I've been there) --- before you do any cutting, cross brace both the roof and the lower section (above & below the cut line). Tack weld something like square steel tube from side to side at least every six feet. Makes maneuvering inside a little trickier but it prevents either section from torquing out of shape. Remember that the existing structure is under stress and I can virtually guarantee you it will try to reshape itself when cut free and being jacked up. Just a question of how much...some move more than others. You can remove the bracing as soon as you have a few of the ribs tied back together and secured in place.

Trying to realign things after it is cut can be done but is a bona fide bitch. Ask me how I know.
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