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Old 08-16-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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New take in raised roof.

I'm hoping to have a rear entry instead of a bedroom. The main bedroom I would like to build a raised loft to save space. My current thought is to cut a surburban body above the belt line and weld it to the roof. Maybe use a roof hatch for entry. Here in Wisconsin you can get a rusted nightmare for under $500. You'd get the roof which isnt rusyed, glass and seats for that plus some scrap parts left over to sell for parts. Ive seen vw buses but all have been done a bit goofy IMHO. This would be a cut just below the dash. Id even keep the wipers lol. Itd be safety glass well sealed, and a bit more aero dynamic then other methods. I'd like to do the whole length if possible and safe. Im hoping for a pullman car look and would love to add a "observation" dome. Theoretically one could take and weld multiple roofs together. Thoughts or has this been done? I know I want to keep it below 13 feet 6. But I have yet to find a consensus on how much I can lift a roof on a bus to meet it. Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:57 AM   #2
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Sounds very cool

I have seen this done with old VW vans but never anything modern. The only thing that might be a pain is replacing the windows if you have one break. The sides and back would be easy enough but gluing a new windshield in a SUV body on the top of a bus may be challenging. Completely doable however. Good luck and post pics!
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:01 AM   #3
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Neat idea! I agree, that would look more slick than the vw buses that I've seen pictures of.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:39 AM   #4
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use the top half of a Rolls
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:49 AM   #5
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theres nothing there on a suburban.. without the doors its pretty flimsy and weak.. at least wit ha VW everything was framed nicely above the window line.. ..

maybe an old Beauville Van top or something?
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:49 AM   #6
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Why not just buy a real double-decker bus? There's often a Bristol FLF or Bristol VR or Leyland Atlantean or Daimler Fleetline on sale somewhere. Then you'll have all the space you'll ever need upstairs.

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Old 08-16-2017, 11:15 AM   #7
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Get up for real with a old milk truck body.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:28 AM   #8
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I've seen multiple bus roofs... 3... On a bus called The Peacemaker the travels around with the tall ships
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:29 AM   #9
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Oh yeah The Peacemaker is owned by an organization called the 12 tribes kind of a Christian communes sorta thing unless it's a cool bus
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Old 08-16-2017, 02:49 PM   #10
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Sorry my phone doesn't listen to me very good...... nevertheless it's a pretty cool bus... Coach so you can do all kinds of weird things I make it work.
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:42 PM   #11
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Id love a double deck bus. However I'm not exactly a Rockefeller so its out. As for the top I plan cutting it below the pressed in body seam. Both as a guide and strength. Weld temp cross braces in so I can move it. I turned an aspire into a convertible truck once when I got bored you'd be surprised how much structure a roof has. Also by cutting it this way all the windows will have a full factory so replacement will be straightforward. Theoretically one could even side windows at roll down. I guess my major concern is how high have people gone with no problems. It seems to be the average bus is 10 foot at the peak ao I should be able to add 39 inchwea and e fine correct?I don't want to forget an overpass and wipe my sleeping wife off the bus. That would be rude lol. Also I don't want to be blown over every time a bird farts to close. The vw bus ones and I'm assuming e triple decker are more of a static prop then anything. I think the first city or freeway trip would shorten them. Currently my project is moving and setting up a shop but I will be post picsonce I get rollin. Thanks again!
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:47 PM   #12
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:49 PM   #13
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That's it, you're good Rusty. I saw this bus in person he's got a 60 series 600 horsepower Detroit I still think it struggles getting up mountains, there's a lot of us there.
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There's a lot of bus there
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:19 PM   #15
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I wouldn't go any taller than 13' 6" almost all your gas station canopies are at least 13'6" if there's no warning about low clearance it will be 13 foot 6 inches or taller usually 14 ft that's pretty much standard all semi trailers are 13' 6"
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:24 PM   #16
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That's it, you're good Rusty. I saw this bus in person he's got a 60 series 600 horsepower Detroit I still think it struggles getting up mountains, there's a lot of us there.
I think it's neat to look at, but I'll pass on driving, like you said.

It has that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea vibe

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That style of Suburban uses a full length frame (I have a '98 2WD for reference). The problem you're going to run into is width. The Suburban is somewhere around 5-6 feet while most buses are 8' wide. Using a tall body that will greatly increase center-of-gravity will add to the body roll when taking a corner, making it much less stable.

You might be better served using a dually truck which has a stiffer rear suspension and the additional width to help improve cornering stability.
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Well here is another take for you people. I am thinking of disecting a cabin cruiser and placing the helm and flying bridge on top of my bus. The bow would extend out over the FE and hopefully have panoramic seating for about 4 bodies. May keep the radar unit on also in case of fog.
Is it doable? What's another year of building to build something unique?

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Old 08-17-2017, 12:54 AM   #19
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Well here is another take for you people. I am thinking of disecting a cabin cruiser and placing the helm and flying bridge on top of my bus. The bow would extend out over the FE and hopefully have panoramic seating for about 4 bodies. May keep the radar unit on also in case of fog.
Is it doable? What's another year of building to build something unique?

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That would be unique!

Fiberglass is pretty heavy, or is it it just the bow? I never cut-a boat up before.

I got you covered, bro. Just made this in Photoshop.

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Old 08-17-2017, 06:57 AM   #20
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I did it with a Thomas school bus which is up for sale
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