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Old 02-13-2019, 02:11 PM   #1
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raising fiberglass roof, have you done this?

I have a 1999 Ford e450 23' fiberglass bodied bus, am wanting to raise the roof, I can build roof raise out of plywood and fiberglass over like a plywood boat, but am interested in what you have done? and what you learned from doing it?
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:34 PM   #2
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How is the existing upper frame/structure put together?
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:58 PM   #3
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:32 PM   #4
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Need more info. Is it fiberglass sandwiched over foam? Does it have a steel or wood or no frame? Where do you want to start the roof rise? A little more info for us and a bunch of homework for you before we can be of much help.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:46 PM   #5
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It is just a fiberglass shell made out of fiberglass. This is why I asked for people with experience to respond, but I am always glad to have ideas, but fiberglass can have, but doesn't need framework, just like with many fiberglass boats.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:51 AM   #6
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My shuttle bus has 1" steel frame work with fiberglass over it. So I can't help you much. Are you sure it doesn't have structural support under that fiberglass?
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:00 PM   #7
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there is no visable steel framework and I have gotten into the walls quite a bit to insulate.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:06 PM   #8
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temporarily frame on the inside with 2 x 4 or whatever then lay upon Abitibi sheets with 7 coats of mold release wax turtle wax will work do a couple extra coats lay up your hard glass panels youll want a matt 1808 anyway id think when it kicks pop them off and touch the edges up with the grinder but i build boats so i dont really know what youre up against without seeing it! tack them in place temporarily then grind your edges back and tab it all together and then remove the framing patch anything left probably want to tab in some support its a longer span or you could core bond some core in there glass over that for a boxed structure it would be really strong then! fare it out paint it and your done some framing though for tack strips maybe might not be bad?
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