So this is one of the ideas I had for my crown (name unknown)
I want to build a back deck at bumper height.
About 5’ deep and several inches in from the edge.
I plan on having two tracks custom machined, to the exact curve of the back of the bus.
In these tracks will run two wheels per side.
These will be attached to the frame on the deck which will cantilever from the wheels in the track.
This would leave the deck “loose” or free to move in the track.
On top of top of the bus I would mount two truck bed cranes. Here is the type I’m thinking of https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hiltex-1-...Lift/110593551
These would be welded to new support in the frame, which would transfer the load down to the support beam of the bus. (Engineer will run Calculations for me)
These cranes would pull the deck on the tracks from the bumper position to the rooftop position.
Saving money is not the driving force behind the bus build. I say that because making this look elegant will not come cheap, but I am prepared to do what it takes to make it look amazing.
The edge of the deck touching the bus will mimic the beautiful curves she already has.
The corners on the front would mimic the corners on the back of the bus near the window.
There will be some sort of railing installed on it. But the long panel will be remove-able.
I know a great plating shop that will brass plate the tracks. All visible metal on the outside will be brass plated. Logo, headlight rings, everything.
When the bus is lowered the trunk won’t be accessible but when it’s raised, it will be.
The cranes will be motorized. Also might need stronger cranes. The link is just an example.
There would be multiple “stops” on the track holding the deck in order to take the weight off the crane.
What do you guys think?
Any changes, suggestions, thoughts, comments, criticisms, and 2-cents appreciated!