ok, so next comes the roof rack/deck
I really wanted a couple of things and was not able to find much advice for the type of rack that I wanted.
-I know that Kayaks will be up there,
-I know that I wanted it to be streamline and kind of fit that profile of the safari racks of the VW Bus.
-as strong as I could build it
- no side mount through the ribs. (That is the type in which you bolt through the side of the bus with verticals then build across), I felt this would add to road noise and although tough looking, I wanted something sleek, where I think the side mount bars look more like the zombie apocalypse refuge vehicle, Or Mad Max style build.
-finally I did have fuel mileage somewhere in the back of my mind. So I wanted it close to the roof as I could.
Here is the framing start.
if it's not clear, What I did here is (once the interior ceiling was removed), I put the largest structural L brackets I could find on each of the ribs and through bolted them.
*structural brackets not standard, galvanized
I think they were 3/8" thick by 6" or 8" and about 10-12$ ea. (outch)
I thin I used 10 or 12 total.
then you can see, I've got my 2x10 on each side with the brackets inside them.
through bolt the 2x10 with 3/8 galvanized blots, nuts washers.
Then tie them together with 2x4's and wood glue. At this point it's important to remember what holds what together, ond once you think about that you should agree that it's worth the $$ to pre drill pilot holes, and buy "timber lock" 10" lag bolts and tie the rafters together that way. again with wood glue.
also you will see the strongtie brand joist hangers. those are always good, but in this case I used them to enable me to run screws through towards the outside wrap sucking everything together tight and square. b/c I was building this by myself.
Although, I had my dad come by and help me tighten the bolts through the ribs first. this requires two people. It's the first time I've had any help with my bus!!