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Old 02-18-2019, 02:19 PM   #1
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Crown Roof Raise Transition

I am thinking of doing the following for the Crown roof raise transition. Anyone see an issue or is there a better way? Attached are two pics. One of the inside around the emergency exit and where I am considering making the cuts and the second is outside to show the emergency exit for reference.

1. Cut the top sheet along the right side of the hat channel seen on the left side of the pic.
2. Remove the rivets on the hat channel seen on the right side of the pic
3. Cut the top sheet along the left side of the hat channel that the rivets were removed from (step 2).
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:24 PM   #2
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I dunno man!

The lines on that bus are SOOOOOO SWEET that I would hate to mess them up by raising the roof. Couldn't you find a newer bus that had lines that were a lot more square? This bus is just too smooth and cool looking to risk it... I think.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:35 PM   #3
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There is at least one member here that has successfully raised the roof of a Crown while maintaining the awesome looks.

It really was a work of art.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:42 PM   #4
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I dunno man!

The lines on that bus are SOOOOOO SWEET that I would hate to mess them up by raising the roof. Couldn't you find a newer bus that had lines that were a lot more square? This bus is just too smooth and cool looking to risk it... I think.
We preferred the look of the Crown over a BB or Thomas and are built like a tank (90K psi steel tensile strength vs 45 or 50K of most competitors). Better to convert them then let get scrapped by CA. Besides, there are several people with private museums already.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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There is at least one member here that has successfully raised the roof of a Crown while maintaining the awesome looks.

It really was a work of art.
The one I saw that looked the most original was a one foot raise done by Boogiethecat on BCM. Although, I never saw it finished. Perhaps, we are talking about the same individual?

There is another that I like that was not raised. I attached a pic of this. My intention is to try and keep the bus looking original as much as possible.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #6
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We preferred the look of the Crown over a BB or Thomas and are built like a tank (90K psi steel tensile strength vs 45 or 50K of most competitors). Better to convert them then let get scrapped by CA. Besides, there are several people with private museums already.
I do love my Bluebird but I have to agree.... The Crown's are the ultimate cool skoolie!
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:44 PM   #7
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The one I saw that looked the most original was a one foot raise done by Boogiethecat on BCM.
I went to the BCM forum and I couldn't find anything about Boogiethecat raising the roof. Bummer, I wanted to see that. But I can see from the guy's avatar that the roof is indeed higher than stock... and it looks good. I'd love to see how he did it.

Yeah, this bus is so cool looking that I'm scrapping the Prevost and heading to California to find my own Crown.


NOT! I'm keeping the Prevost. LOL But still, the Crown is a VERY COOL bus.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:16 PM   #8
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I believe my crown roof raise of 13" was successful. I cut cent of the windows and ad I believe 1" or 1 1/8 heave wall sq. tubing right inside the stamped steel bars going up to the roof.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:53 PM   #9
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In raising the roof, level the bus, then use a plumb bob in the front and in the rear to mark center on the floor. Build at T brace so that when in place the cut roof is in the right space, extra credit if you make it adjustable, but using blocks underneath will get you there. Take measurements of original ht. Cut the roof and have it rest on something, raise roof, in the process make sure your front and back centered plumb bobs hit mark on the floor, Then is a matter to frame you gap, center again the plumb bobs and attach.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:56 PM   #10
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the challenge is that things can shift and move, I would put in temp bracing in various places like the lower wall below the cut, so that it doesn't move, If you have made measurements you can tell, make braces as you go, use the plumb bob, solve problems as you go.
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