I was lucky to buy it really cheap and it's served me well. Will You are wise in asking that question. Several different models evolved after that until we developed our current top. And the obvious water tightness goes without saying. Take a second look at this van. Over 75 years combined staff experience in van conversion and conversion-related industries allows us to quickly identify the repair part you need.
This tent canvas is hard wearing and flexible and comes with a good selection of colours available. It's a 1996 Dodge Maxivan with a 5. Once we do this, there is no going back so I am really want to know if I should continue with wood or go fiberglass which is more flexible. We feel this patented system is the model of simplicity, a straight forward means of making the top go up and down. Enjoy it and go with your creative flow.
Nothing has loosened up, or started to squeak or rattle any more than it did day one. They also sell liners, windows, insulation, and installation kits to make life a bit easier. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional. It is very brittle and hard, and one edge has lifted from the roof, allowing water to work underneath in the trough of the gutter and begin rusting. This is something to keep in mind with your design. I'm gonna wait and hope for another response. Okay, fast forward --- and here I am just finishing up fitting all the interior panels.
High roofs are good, bending over to get around is not. There are good support frames the run the length of the van sides. Elevated Roof Fitting Service Subject to availability we offer a roof fitting service at our workshop in Washington, Tyne and Wear. Tops can safely be carried by strapping them to the top of the van they are to go onto with two ratchet straps hooked to the van body and a rope run from the front of the van to the rear. Not on a high roof van.
These are representative colours and should not be used as an exact match. It can also be bent and welded. Chinese junk but you know you are at the end. The mold release makes the gelcoat finish shinier and washes off. I'll probably get a high top version, but won't be ruling out another top build.
However, if you have an electric top o and you do not unlock the latches before you raise it, you will bend the elevating u-tubes. I like how the license plate bracket I welded into the rear rollpan came out. I'm curious how you attached the aluminum cross members to each other and how you attached the initial frame members to the van? We ordered one from them and had it replaced. Note: Some pop tops, especially if they go up much higher, can weigh considerably more. Mark ran his body shop out of his pole barn at his house and only agreed to take on the project if he could have the time to fit it in between all his insurance work. Yes we can, but it's a lot more involved than obtaining a windshield.
Thanks for posting your project. I wanted to beef up the extension wherever possible, so all the corners have double stacked studs and the openings at the front and back are double plated top and bottom. This van will maximize your headroom while still giving you all of the creature comforts of the more traditional Explorer Vans. Should a leak ever develop, it would be very easy to fix. Maybe I'll try it and get back to ya later.
I had a big dip in this side too, but was able to sweat it and pound the living daylights out of it. Contrary to common misconception, parts are still manufactured after the converter shuts down. In or around 2009, when one of the major manufacturers went out of business, these windows as much as tripled in price. This is way easier than spraying and the masking-off needed. I'm not familiar with the layout on this van but any chance it has drain tubes as most cars do and which may be clogged up? They aren't anything like the ones that come in a factory van but we're sure you find them satisfactory. I'll leave it to an expert to put the last layers of filler on and sand true.
Conversion Van companies buy standard shelled out vans from an auto manufacturer and then add after market parts and paint transposing it into the vehicle the end user receives after it gets to your local auto dealer. Installers If cutting a hole in the roof of your van and attaching a top without leaks makes you nervous, there are a number of places that will do it for you. . Also note the dash will be changed again in the final from this pic. Body shops rely on us as the best single source for van conversion repair parts. Even though I only drove this van through one winter since 1978, it doesn't matter. The water has already damaged so much.