Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-09-2019, 09:40 PM   #21
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Picton,Ont, Can.
Posts: 1,678
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: GMC
Engine: Cat 3116
Rated Cap: 72
Your bus jack is a thing to behold. Can't imagine the work and hours it took.
Very nicely done sir.


John
__________________
Question everything!
BlackJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2019, 10:38 PM   #22
Bus Geek
 
o1marc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Dawsonville, Ga.
Posts: 6,783
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Genesis
Chassis: International
Engine: DT466/3060
Rated Cap: 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackJohn View Post
Your bus jack is a thing to behold. Can't imagine the work and hours it took.
Very nicely done sir.


John
You should use proper grammar when spelling Jacks name, it could make the difference between you helping your Uncle Jack off his horse, or helping your uncle jack off his horse.
o1marc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2019, 11:42 PM   #23
Bus Nut
 
plfking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: N.C.
Posts: 780
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Bluebird
Engine: DT466E
Rated Cap: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
You should use proper grammar when spelling Jacks name, it could make the difference between you helping your Uncle Jack off his horse, or helping your uncle jack off his horse.
Nothing wrong with his grammar OR his spelling of Jack's name. Punctuation and capitalization were off, but I'm sure every person that read his compliment understood it fully.
__________________
Don

The Busted Flush
plfking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 06:05 AM   #24
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 11,477
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
if you properly box in a Pop Top opening it seems like you could still have the roof strength needed and still much stronger than the roofs on standard RV's..



I do disagree about no welding on a roof raise, however most all the welding needed is behind-the-skin so the welds dont need to look nice, just hold things together.. im thinking of all the welding involved to weld the channel into the cut supports.. the skin you can rivet on.. I am thinking if you have a shop make your transition and weld it on for you that takes care of the single hardest part of a roof raise..



otherwise it to me seems like a lot of homework ahead of time to get the proiper metal pieces made and take the time to level out the bus on all 4 corners and crib it so the bus stays put when you make the cuts. ..


seeing ECCB's roof raise first-hand made me realize that with all the homework he did, and going nice n slow that its not nearly as daunting as it sounds from the beginning.



doing a below the windows roof raise is also a possibility if you want to re-use all or most of your original windows and have them fit with ease..



-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 06:16 AM   #25
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Picton,Ont, Can.
Posts: 1,678
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: GMC
Engine: Cat 3116
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
You should use proper grammar when spelling Jacks name, it could make the difference between you helping your Uncle Jack off his horse, or helping your uncle jack off his horse.



Do you mean Jack's name speaking of punctuation?


Sorry for the typo Jack, was under the influence of Alaskan Thunder and long day. Sorting out turf's issue isn't an easy thing to do from this distance.
Thanks Doug for the vote of confidence, I will try to be better at spelling from now on so nobody like Marc gets confused.



John
__________________
Question everything!
BlackJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 08:25 AM   #26
Bus Crazy
 
ol trunt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,358
Year: 1935
Coachwork: Superior
Chassis: Chevy
Engine: 317 ci/tid / Isuzu
I can't even properly spell my own name. Anyone notice that "Trunt" in Ol Trunt should be spelled "Truant"? I played hooky on spelling days.
Jack
ol trunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 09:04 AM   #27
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 17,996
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by ol trunt View Post
I can't even properly spell my own name. Anyone notice that "Trunt" in Ol Trunt should be spelled "Truant"? I played hooky on spelling days.
Jack
I've always wondered what a "Trunt" is.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 09:15 AM   #28
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Wright City MO
Posts: 253
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: Bluebird
Engine: 5.9 Cummins/Allison
Rated Cap: 74
I don't know if I would have done my roof roof raise without welding at least part of it. Although if a person had custom made hat channel extensions perhaps they could be bolted in with the right hardware my concern would be them loosening during bus flex.Please excuse the grammar errors in all of my posts I think I was there for basic grammar classes,but that was a long time ago and either the lessons did not take or I forgot them. Gene
__________________
Its hard to be wrong when you live in Wright City!
There is no mechanical problem that cannot be overcome by a skillfully applied combination of brute force and ignorance!
Gdog 5651 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2019, 03:16 PM   #29
Mini-Skoolie
 
Tanker Pilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Oregon
Posts: 62
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: Blue Bird
Engine: 8.3 L Cummins, MD 3060 Trans
Rated Cap: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by infamousmoose View Post
we wouldnt be cutting into the ribs. we would put something made to fit in between so it was only cutting through the sheet metal. and we did a price check with our welder guy and he said a roof raise would be 5k to 6k. that is more than what we are paying for our bus where as we could do a pop top for under 2k and only where we would want it.
So are you talking about just doing a pop-up on a small section between the ribs? One? More than one? My ribs are only 26 inches apart for the majority of my bus. Then you still have the low clearance between even multiple sections. It sounds like a good way to let air and light in, but then you lose roof space for solar, A/C or a deck if you wanted any of those items. Interested to see what you do! Cheers, J
__________________
It only costs 70 percent more to go first class.
Tanker Pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2019, 12:19 AM   #30
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Mt Vernon, WA
Posts: 65
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: G30 Bluebird Microbird
Engine: 1995 Chevrolet 350
Iíve been wondering about a similar roof modification. I have a Ď96 and Ď97 Chevy Shorty. The Ď96 G3500 is unibody frame. The Ď97 Gen 1 Express 3500 has a large frame separate from the body. Am I correct that cutting a hole and cutting some of the roof support beams in the unibody roof would affect the structural strength while doing the same in the framed vehicle would not compromise the strength?? At least not to nearly the degree. These buses seem so solid that my hunch is that a large hole in the roof is not going to be a problem. If I ever crash or roll this thing I donít think the hole will be my only problem or main concern. In my opinion the windows have already compromised the strength. Iím planning on filling in many of them.
On a side note it is interesting how different the vehicles feel to drive. Thanks
Doktari is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
extra space, head room, pop top

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.