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Old 09-01-2021, 06:16 PM   #1
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Shuttle bus roof mishaps...

Been months since I have touched my bus. Its a Chevy 5500 30 ft aerolite bus. Last I posted anything was the skeleton for the skin.

I figured someone might get a kick out of this. Maybe you all know. The roof is made up if the corrugated infused fiberglass shell. Turns out i had to jack it up ~2.5 inches to get it to match the height up front.

I am building at least 1 bulkhead 9 feet from the rear door, and possibly a second one further up if I don't talk myself in building some kind of ROPS reminiscent of the bornfree I should not have sold.....
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Old 09-01-2021, 06:17 PM   #2
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And of course the pics are on their side.....

The good news is that even with a large puddle of water being displaced as I jacked up the sagging roof while it is raining outside, there are no leaks from the roof, or the windows. I am still painting it with the rubber roof stuff I bought at the beginning of the summer. That is after the bulkheads are built to support me and the bucket, brushes, etc.
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Old 09-01-2021, 06:28 PM   #3
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Convert your pics to PNG format in an image editor before posting - spin doctoring at its finest.
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Old 09-02-2021, 09:47 PM   #4
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Wowsers...good luck with that roof support.
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Old 09-02-2021, 11:33 PM   #5
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If you center up that 4x4 riser and turn it into a cat condo, you'll be golden.
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Old 09-05-2021, 10:03 PM   #6
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Cat allergies put's an end to that... lol
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Old 09-05-2021, 10:22 PM   #7
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some progress.

first of probably 3 to go in....
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:25 AM   #8
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some progress.

first of probably 3 to go in....
So this bulkhead where the 2x6 are will be permenant in the build? Fantastic plan to stabilize the roof
Excellent work, carry on
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Old 09-06-2021, 11:02 PM   #9
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Yes, and thanks. Two more to go....
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:33 PM   #10
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Two down. Used rough cut lumber i milled in May. True 2x7's. Now I can confidently stand on the roof and finish making it weather tight before the weather goes south with the geese
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:23 PM   #11
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Awesome Blu
Making progress has got to feel good
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Old 09-21-2021, 12:46 AM   #12
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This is a very cool solution to the problem of dealing with a fundamentally weak roof.
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Old 09-21-2021, 07:10 PM   #13
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Thank you and yes feels good to finally get back to work on this

Walked on the roof today as I prepped to roll on some tropicool, and still soft towards the back half. The rear bulk head definitely stiffened things up, but I have a feeling I will be framing in the cabinets with 2x4s. The 2x6's will be anchoring a lot of this.

The whole day was spent trying to make it as weather tight as possible. Removed some poorly re-installed gutters from previous repairs. I have officially found some worms in this can....

BTW, the tropicool makes quite the mess. It's like flex seal but sets up too fast. Ran out of sun light so maybe after the rain goes away in a week I can get a second coat on
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Old 09-21-2021, 07:22 PM   #14
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This is a very cool solution to the problem of dealing with a fundamentally weak roof.
Weird thing is the front is plenty stiff, but the rear half sags. I don't know if it's a defect, some hidden damage or what.

Before it rolls it will be stiffened up. Eventually going to install some solar panels so I want the piece of mind with extra weight on a moving house so it can survive the earthquake and hurricane winds of the road
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Old 09-28-2021, 11:52 PM   #15
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Worms...

Found the leak. It was over the door, so took the lift, door and frame all out
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Old 09-28-2021, 11:53 PM   #16
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The water and weight of the ac unit caused a sag. Did I mention i am considering moving it..
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Old 09-28-2021, 11:55 PM   #17
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Mitigation. Hopefully it stops leaking

Yes, I can never be accused of being a sheetmetal guy. Its aluminum sheet, I think 18 gauge, can't remember..
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Old 09-29-2021, 12:11 AM   #18
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And today's weather proofing...

Let's take out more windows
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