So I cut the hole in the roof for the crane and prepared the outriggers, BUT I found this instead!!!
It was only $100 and near Oak Ridge, TN. I was emailing and planning to go nab it. Finally got up there on June 24th to pick it up. I was so excited that I threw it up on top to see what it was like! Turns out the guy I bought it from has a '66 that is sitting on a '72 frame (I said BS until I saw it!!!) well he was having to clean up some projects prior to moving to Chattanooga for his new job at the factory. He is thinking about selling the '66 with power brakes and IRS if anyone is interested (he wants to build a drop tank racer as his next project)
I loved it!!! but when I pulled it down to paint it and reseal the windows and vent, it CRACKED! Upon further investigation, this thing had hit a low overhang and been repair before. So I flipped it over and started 'glassin.' I reinforced the inside and then had to bondo fiberglass resin the outside smooth since it was a little offset and hard to get it perfectly straight. Sanded and painted!
I got a neat rubber seal from a website and threw it on. (note the cool luggage rack!)
Then came the point of no return... cutting my bus :shock:
I saved this piece in case it needs to go back to a tin-top
I had my dad come and help throw it up on there and set it down. I laid down a few rolls of rope caulk along the contact points.
then used self taping screws to secure it.
This is the view from the back seat looking forward (I need to trim the edges a little bit more).
I see an iPad holder up there for movies in the future!
Standing (YES STANDING!!!!) in the middle looking back (note the pretty upholstery!)
All the new storage! I will have to 'glass some blocks in there and build a cabinet over the front half to pretty it up a bit, but that's for later. Also note the new vent- I had to order a mini roof vent because the standard ones wouldn't fit.
It rained hard and the only places it leaked were around the window frames, which are made with 1"x1" angle aluminum that wasn't sealed in the corners. I'll caulk that up and let it be! I can't wait to take it to the shows!!!!