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Old 10-25-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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Preventative Maintenance On Poptop

Hi All,
Just recently picked up the '93 RB 4x4 that was listed here and doing some minor work on it to get it ready for this and future winters in CA. Could use some advice.

1. Rear gutter rust removal with Line-x coat on the gutter and contact point under poptop. getting this done this month.

2. Some preventative maintenance for peace of mind: sealing the mounting bolts on the poptop. From all indications there are absolutely no leaks currently. However upon inspection of the bolts, they have not been re-sealed at any point. As well, the Van has been driven on average 500 miles/per year over the past 10+ years and kept indoors in an airplane hanger for those ten years in San Diego. So I'm not sure how waterproof the roof is at this point.

Regarding number 2 above, I'm likely planning on keeping this van for a long time due to how clean it is and it's exactly what I'm looking for in a Van.

Should i just put a glob of Vulkem over the bolts and washer and cap the bolt head or pull the bolts and reseal with butyl + additional Vulkem?

Depending on how well I gel with this van over the next year or so I'm considering replacing the poptop with a CCV top, if I decide to keep it longterm or maybe just cover the entire top with Line-x instead.

I've done the replacement of bolts on another Sportsmobile before, but if I can get away with just putting bunch of vulkem over it that would just be easier at the end of the day.

Thoughts/Suggestions?
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