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Old 08-16-2017, 08:41 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, 08:57 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, 09:01 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, 09:39 AM   #4
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use the top half of a Rolls
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:49 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, 09:49 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, 10:15 AM   #7
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Get up for real with a old milk truck body.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:28 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, 10:29 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, 01:49 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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