Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-06-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 34
Magilla the Gorilla {a pop top story}

Cheers,

Im fairly new to this forum, but I've been told there's a great bunch of guys here that suffer from the same affliction as I. My build has been a bit of a slow one but it's picking up speed currently. I have a 2011 Ford E350 v-10. The plan is to build as much of the van myself in order to save on cash. Follow along, feel free to ask questions or provide some insight if you se I'm doing something wrong. Here's a few pics to get y'all up to speed on the progress.

Here's a pic of the top fitment, overall I'm happy with it. I like that it has style to the side profile and it's relatively flat in order to make it into a pop top.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1697.jpg
Views:	98
Size:	102.8 KB
ID:	14895
Preliminary cutout, I was contemplating just doing a small cutout, but ultimately decided to do a full cut.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1696.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	103.0 KB
ID:	14896
Here's what I came up with for the pop part of it. I'm fairly familiar with both Sportsmobiles and CCV tops and the pros and cons of each. There were a few things I wanted to address with my design. First I wanted it to be completely different than anything I've seen done I also wanted to make it as safe as possible, next I wanted to reduce the overall weight so I decided on aluminum as my choice material. I wanted to address the leaky canvas material and mosquito bug screen material that always tears away, and lastly I wanted a top the raises, lowers and sits evenly.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1698.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	107.8 KB
ID:	14897

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1693.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	106.3 KB
ID:	14898

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1699.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	110.3 KB
ID:	14899
I think I'm on the right track, let me know what you guys think.

May the force be with you!
__________________

__________________
Dai,

Instagram @optoverland

Overland gathering every Wednesday at our workshop 5pm-9ish (40.60634, -105.078459
opt overland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2017, 08:51 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 229
I like it so far! More pictures or detail of the lifting mechanism would be awesome. Watching with anticipation!
__________________

Nrobert10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2017, 09:03 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nrobert10 View Post
I like it so far! More pictures or detail of the lifting mechanism would be awesome. Watching with anticipation!
I don't have many detail pics, but every component glides and slides effortlessly. I used heim joints on the lower axles as I've seen bolts back out on other systems. Shoulder bolts and nylon bushings are utilized on anything that rotates. And I'm utilizing 4 actuators so I can add anything I want on the top, but mostly so the family can sit on top and raise it without issue to watch sunsets.
__________________
Dai,

Instagram @optoverland

Overland gathering every Wednesday at our workshop 5pm-9ish (40.60634, -105.078459
opt overland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2017, 11:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Flux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Palmdale, CA
Posts: 1,306
Who makes that Fiberglass top?? It's a nice one!
__________________
<br>
Tim - 2013 EB V10 Agile 4x4 SMB PH Ginger Army All Terrain Mobile HQ
Flux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 06:29 AM   #5
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 8,434
I'm always thrilled to see new approaches to problems. Can't wait to see more pics about the design.


Herb
__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 08:34 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
BrianW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 2,634
Quote:
Originally Posted by opt overland View Post
And I'm utilizing 4 actuators so I can add anything I want on the top, but mostly so the family can sit on top and raise it without issue to watch sunsets.
Wait... did I read that right? You want to raise the top while your family sits on the roof? That should be interesting...
BrianW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 12:54 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flux View Post
Who makes that Fiberglass top?? It's a nice one!

We bought a few molds since we have a few friends with ford vans that wanted pop tops. Figured it would pay for itself.
__________________
Dai,

Instagram @optoverland

Overland gathering every Wednesday at our workshop 5pm-9ish (40.60634, -105.078459
opt overland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 01:14 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 34
More top prep for a buddy from Oregon, did the cut out for the fan and considering a sunroof hmmm. Next up wiring, insulation and upholstery.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1711.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	102.9 KB
ID:	14906
__________________
Dai,

Instagram @optoverland

Overland gathering every Wednesday at our workshop 5pm-9ish (40.60634, -105.078459
opt overland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 01:18 PM   #9
MSD
Senior Member
 
MSD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 876
Garage
Yeah nice Ford on the right side of that photo get'r done!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
2004 E350 EB Quigley - aka MCSporty6.0
2013 Fiat 500 pop/abarth - Sold
2003 Land Rover Disco II
1997 E350 7.3l 2wd - Sold
MSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2017, 02:01 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
arctictraveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2,398
Very nice, I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Are those coordinates where your shop is located?
__________________

__________________
Arctic Traveller
KC6TNI
2001 GTRV
Advanced 4wd
Agile Ride improvement package
www.arctictraveller.com
arctictraveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Turtle

UrbanDrifter

Turtle

rafeman
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.