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Old 02-26-2016, 09:39 PM   #871
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I spent the whole day just reading your conversion. Inspirational to say the least. I am still looking for my 'right' bus but with what you have chronicled it helps me make a better decision on what to get and what to do after I get it - minus the roof raising. (I guess I am just not up to that much adventure)
Am soo looking forward to see how you paint it and the continued progress. Dont stop now telling us what you are doing.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:13 PM   #872
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Hey William,

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

Not only on the well done progress so far but also on how well you have documented and shared with the rest of us.

You are an inspiration. Those riding the fence as far as beginning a conversion as well as those who have started but are making slow progress.

I converted an Eagle 10 back in the 90's. Once it was near complete I knew that I would convert another someday. I loved the process and looked forward to getting off of work so that I could get home and work on it.

As crazy as it sounds, I quit my job so that I could focus on the conversion. I then spent almost 7 years living, traveling and working from my trusty bus.

Then life happened. I wound up with a regular job, a house and no bus.

You have inspired me... I am going to have to build another bus.

Thank you again.

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Old 07-17-2016, 04:58 AM   #873
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Reply about roof raise

Originally Posted by wmkbailey View Post
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.
What if the cut was in the middle of the window pillars? Then you could just replicate the shape of the steel pillars to reattach the old windows and use half school bus windows above or below the old ones. Then it would look pretty killer having three rectangular window sections versus the stock two.
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Old 08-10-2016, 05:13 AM   #874
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William, I has taken me a few days to read all 88 pages but well worth it. I love your build. I am looking for the same bus as you have. I also want to do a roof raise but want the full 13'-6" for maximum interior room for a loft. I hope you have some more pics to share with us about your awesome bus!
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