Richard, some good thoughts. It seems kind of like a balancing act to do what's best. I'm the kind of person that always has to have a project going and fortunately I get to be at home with the family working on things. I guess I shouldn't mention that on our trip to CA I'm picking up an airplane kit to build...Don't worry, I've built an airplane before so I know what I'm getting into.
Since we homeschool, the older children are always helping out and they're excited about the projects comeing up!
I was gonna pick the bus up last weekend but the weather was so bad we cancelled the trip. It looks like this weekend is a go! We're planning on heading out early Friday morning and hopefully returning by Sunday night.
On the roof raise: Harbor Freight up the road from me has those jacks too. Have ya'll ever looked at Dave Galey's book "The Bus Converters Bible"? He used 4 modified car jacks and raised one corner at a time. He cut all the posts except the 4 corners, clamped w/ angle iron the posts closest to the corners, cut the corners, raised each corner in turn an inch or so while letting off on the closest clamp. For him it was a one-person job and he had a controlled raise.
Elliot, I sure am curious to see how you fill in the front cap!