M1010 ambulance box build reference

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cucvrus

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You must buy the entire body. I am NOT having any part in cutting it apart. I will sell it delivered if we can come to a deal. Do you have a tree/truck to drag it off the trailer? Get back to me. No hurry my schedule is full till the first week of November.
 

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Sure, entire body is fine, maybe one with good roof & bad deck if that exists, since I only want the top. I have a car-hauler double-axle trailer, i'll come get it. PM me with price/options.
 

cucvrus

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No bad decks. This is a complete extrerior M1010. The inside has been altered with the bunks removed. I use it for storage. You PM me an offer and I will see if it makes my efforts worth while. I will need to hire a wrecker to load it. But I will let the price up to you.
 

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Here‘s a few updated pics of the old girl. I’m definitley considering a roof raise. Grind and drill out all of the rivots, use a drywall lift to push the top up and build a set of pony walls out a steel studs. Going for 12” finished. Keep the doors as they are.

has anyone ever successfully popped their M1010 top?
 

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I have wanted to do a raised/popup roof since I had my first 1010. Not sure how easy it would be. Only pic I have run across with a popup was this one. I think it was in Europe.

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kapnklug

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Here‘s a few updated pics of the old girl. I’m definitley considering a roof raise. Grind and drill out all of the rivots, use a drywall lift to push the top up and build a set of pony walls out a steel studs. Going for 12” finished. Keep the doors as they are.

has anyone ever successfully popped their M1010 top?
I'm in the pencil & paper stage of raising the roof on mine. I don't want to weaken the wall studs/top plate, so my plan (someone, talk me down!) is to:
1. remove the rivets & skin on the roof
2. supporting the roof from inside with (4) ceiling jacks, sawzall thru the rafters & ridgebeam flush inside the top plate
3. lift the separated roof structure (like a fish skeleton) up 8" or so
4. fabricate one additional rafter at each end of the ridgebeam from aluminum 1.5" square tube. Will need to copy the pitch of the original rafters.
5. weld a 9' length of aluminum 1.5" square tube to the cutoff ends of the rafters (one per side), connecting them all (perimeter on all sides now)
6. weld short diagonal rafters from on top of the original top plate (half-round profile) to this new top plate (square profile) on all (4) sides
7. skin with 4x8 sheets of thin aluminum diamondplate, held at the edges by the rivets that currently hold the rain gutters
8. Tack weld the diamondplate to the rafters from the inside.

Suggestions???
 

kapnklug

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I have wanted to do a raised/popup roof since I had my first 1010. Not sure how easy it would be. Only pic I have run across with a popup was this one. I think it was in Europe.

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Is that a slide-out??? or just a gaint box? That's nuts. Looks like he's converted to dually axles too.
Interesting roof idea, maybe I can find the roof off an old VW Westfalia....
 

chevymike

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Is that a slide-out??? or just a gaint box? That's nuts. Looks like he's converted to dually axles too.
Interesting roof idea, maybe I can find the roof off an old VW Westfalia....
yeah, they added a slide out with the pop top. Wish I could find interior shots.
 

kapnklug

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Here‘s a few updated pics of the old girl. I’m definitley considering a roof raise. Grind and drill out all of the rivots, use a drywall lift to push the top up and build a set of pony walls out a steel studs. Going for 12” finished. Keep the doors as they are.

has anyone ever successfully popped their M1010 top?
Hey Kamikaze, i've got that EXACT same sofabed, mounted in the same spot in my m1010! Except I kept the bench & bolted it to the top. Is that a bathroom foreward of the sofabed? I'd be interested in seeing some pics of how you worked that out...
 

KamikazeKunze

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Hey Kamikaze, i've got that EXACT same sofabed, mounted in the same spot in my m1010! Except I kept the bench & bolted it to the top. Is that a bathroom foreward of the sofabed? I'd be interested in seeing some pics of how you worked that out...
Awesome! Yes, closet/bathroom. I have a cassette toilet in it with a tilt up shelf. But plan on making a slide out for the toilet. when I raise the roof I’ll make it a shower too.

My thoughts are to keep the roof totally intact. Drill out all the rivots in an out raise the whole unit. The trick is going to be securing the “top plate” to the existing Z bar studs. Then steel stud pony walls and belly band the outside and set the roof back down......unless I’m being dense about it and you all have a better way. I plan on overlapping the exterior sheeting as well. The real trick is sourcing the steel exterior corners so they match outside.
 

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jamesgrizzlyadams

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If you guys have instagram.. check out @freedom_from_routine

I believe he lives full time in his M1010, and is in the process of building out an extension to the roof including a cab-over.
Last photo I saw on his instagram story he had cut the whole roof off and had started framing up the new roof/extension.

I think he's here on SS as well, but unsure if he's got a build thread or anything.

He's just started up a camper fit-out/conversion company as well:
 
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