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Old 01-07-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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The adventures of ROXIE

To start with i am no good at typing , spelling, taking notes or pictures ,, but I am going to give it a shot ,,, If you have any questions please ask...
With that said let me introduce to you Roxie { named after my grandmother RIP who raised me } and now her namesake will take care of me the rest of my days I pray..
Roxie started her life in 1995 as a school bus in Mississippi { ironickly my grandmother was a school teacher for around 30 yrs } a 65 passanger 3800 T444E.. which served the school well when it was sold mid 2015 ..which i purchased on Oct 7th 2015

will post some pics as soon as i can figure it out

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Old 01-31-2016, 11:07 PM   #2
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Ok finally got a picture of her on here
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:11 PM   #3
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I got real lucky i guess.. Ive seen alot of post from people having to cut all there seats out ... We easly unbolted all of them..
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:19 PM   #4
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We finally got all the rivets out , and back glass panels off


we had to grind several weld out so we could ; leave some of the stock braces in...
we only removed windows as we needed so it would help all the strengh and keep the rain out
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:26 PM   #5
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Its a little hard to see but this is all we used to brace our 2 ft roof raise,,,
This is a fence post with factory holes 2in apart i had lying around, we cut them 4 ft long ,, we cut a window post in half drilled two holes in the top half and loosly bolted the post in then as we raised the roof ,, we would put a bolt in the bottom to hold it while we did the oppisite two legs,,,,
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:32 PM   #6
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Yes folks thats just a 2 x 4 with a notch in it ,, and an old car jack,, we just do with what we got

Here it is 2 foot roof raise ,, you can see the 4 polls just bolted in to hold it while we install the real braces
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:38 PM   #7
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We had to reconstruct the rear curve,, this was one of the funner things to do so far

Clamps people, I cant say that enough,, especially when ive done alot of this alone or maybe one other person,,, Never have 2 or 3 helpers at once i wouldnt know what to do
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:41 PM   #8
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:47 PM   #9
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test fitting the rear door ,,, There will a huge storage space under the California king bed im putting in here,,,, You can see ive tried to weld in the tail lights

Test fitting the bedroom window ,,,, that after i did this i finally seen a post about it may not be a good idea to use house windows ,,, oh well to late it breaks then ill fix it
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:53 PM   #10
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Here you can see the center roof rasied 14 in,,,,

I used ply wood to fill in the gap and then i will be fiberglassing it in before painting

Here you can see some of the bracing i used
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:15 PM   #11
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Very interesting roof raise! Why did you decide to stagger it like that? I will be following this build with interest.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:46 AM   #12
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What did you use as the new panels??
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:47 AM   #13
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Peirsg ,, the origanl design was to lower the floor in the back between the frame and make a garge for a motorcycle , so i needed the roof raise some for my bed wich was going over the top of it... i just didnt see a need in raising it all that high so we did the step it should help with wind drag also ....

MR.Friend ,,, we used the inside skin from the roof to fill in the sides ,, unfortunately we only got one side completed. as you can see in the other pictures as soon as i get them up here



Thanks for the intrest guys
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