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Old 05-10-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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Roof raise sheet metal?

Preparing for roof raise

Wondering what quage people are using to cover side of bus after a roof raise. I know I've read somthing about this before but cannot find it. Thanks in advance
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:56 PM   #2
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I used 20g, many here recommend 18g, but the 20g went up fine without oilcanning.
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:23 PM   #3
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Thanks, 20 Guage is cheaper. Hehe
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Just don't go thinner than 20. Had someone bring me 22ga to patch some stuff. Man its just too flimsy.
If anyone in FL wants any 18ga hit me up. $65 for a 4x10.
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Best bet is to use sheetmetal that is closest to the original. For most Skoolies, that will be around 16.
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Best bet is to use sheetmetal that is closest to the original. For most Skoolies, that will be around 16.
Is your 46 16ga?
I used some 16 I got for free to patch a roof hatch hole and its definitely way thicker than the rest of the bus' skins. Did the job nicely though.
My subaru is 26ga! It feels weird its so flimsy and light. It dents if you look at it too hard!
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Like a lot of Skoolies, mine is an oddball. Actually measures about 15 gauge. BB's are similar. I used 16 in some places and even 14 in a few others (window deletes, door skin).
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correct me if I'm wrong - roof skin is lighter weight than wall skin because of the shaping that has to be done - if needed, I plan on getting a donor school bus shell for the sheet metal and hat channel
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correct me if I'm wrong - roof skin is lighter weight than wall skin because of the shaping that has to be done - if needed, I plan on getting a donor school bus shell for the sheet metal and hat channel
That would be pretty expensive, and its easier to work with new steel, IMO.
What would you need factory hat channel for? Wouldn't you want it to fit into or onto the old stuff if you're raising it?
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That would be pretty expensive, and its easier to work with new steel, IMO.
What would you need factory hat channel for? Wouldn't you want it to fit into or onto the old stuff if you're raising it?
you can get a stripped bus body for $1 ( plus cost of hauling it - I have my own trailer so that helps if I can't find a truck heading back this way with no load ) - I figure using the correct hat channel will save a lot of time and welding wire, over square tubing and angle iron to give something to fasten the skin to, and it would save a lot of drilling as well - used body panels are already primed for easy painting

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