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rg1220 10-19-2021 07:32 PM

2011 Chevy Express Thomas Roof Raise
 
Just wanted to share our roof raise! 12" roof raise on our 2011 Chevy Express 4500.

Below the window raise along with raising the doorway so I don't hit my head every time I leave the bus :facepalm: I have a few square tubes welded in the hat channels but I also currently have some hat channels being made that will be welded into place. Ignore the fender dents, they'll be addressed once I go to paint.

I am working on a video that I'll post whenever I'm finished with the raise.

https://i.imgur.com/hRKgQJF.jpeg

Buster Junior 10-20-2021 10:51 PM

Outstanding!!!

rg1220 10-28-2021 09:29 PM

Latest update: Got one side skinned up and also filled in the door gap (since we opted to raise the doorway). It's not perfect but I'm really happy with the results!

https://i.imgur.com/hZ9awfW.jpg

rg1220 11-02-2021 09:53 AM

Otherside has been skinned. Waiting on steel for the front and rear. Have a few holes that need to be welded shut, prep for paint, and then spray epoxy primer.

https://i.imgur.com/SkXOmQD.jpg

rg1220 11-19-2021 11:22 AM

A couple more updates:
All sides have been paneled up and working on the rear door!

https://i.imgur.com/DcsqBDH.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/smKpaCd.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/nFfmZUn.jpg

WayneTSB 11-19-2021 11:44 AM

I don't see these all to often on the short buses, Excellent job!

If we ever get a new bus, I think I would like to try a raise. Or maybe just find a taller bus :smile::smile:

rg1220 11-19-2021 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WayneTSB (Post 459069)
I don't see these all to often on the short buses, Excellent job!

If we ever get a new bus, I think I would like to try a raise. Or maybe just find a taller bus :smile::smile:

Thanks! One of my requirements was to have towing capacity to tow my car to the track. This has the 6.6L Duramax diesel and 14k gvwr. Unfortunately there weren't too many short bus's that fit that requirement so I couldn't be too picky when it came to height. I wanted head space and lots of insulation;Thus the roof raise! :)

But I'm going to have to wait until Spring to paint :(

rg1220 01-16-2022 03:59 PM

A lot of work has been done since last post even though it doesn't look like it... you know how that goes. BUT we have a back door! Gotta finish the jambs but I'm pretty excited!

Also have almost all the lights wire up. Missing some reflectors for the rear and little marker lights at the top. Also lower markers are wired up but holes need to be drilled.

https://i.imgur.com/foNSD3B.jpg

I'm thinking of doing sequential marker lights for the turn signal too! (Photoshop is pre-roof raise)

https://i.imgur.com/pIrMFP7.gif


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