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Old 06-27-2018, 11:13 PM   #1
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Installing a pop-top

I have seen that some of you have actualy gone down the road and achieved the task of installing a pop top onto you van. I have been looking around to find any how-to's or tutorial or something over the internet on this very subject matter, but nothing.
So I have come here to ask "how do you do it?" I'd like to get tips on how to manage safely installing a pop top on a van and making sure that it is water and air leak free for when I am ready to hit the road! If any of you have any Ideas, comments, pictures, plans or anything that could help me out, please feel free to leave it down there, thanks a lot in advance!

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Old 06-28-2018, 07:24 AM   #2
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:38 AM   #3
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I just put one on a couple months ago, build thread linked below. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions.

Also want to echo what boywonder said, finding a used one can take quite a while. There are some members who have come up with their own design. Vanimal is currently making his own at the moment and I think has some extra fiberglass shells he is selling if you wanted to attempt to really DIY.
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Old 07-01-2018, 03:34 PM   #4
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I did...built it all...about $700 in materials...

Her names Yolanda...she has a build thread..

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Old 07-16-2018, 08:25 AM   #5
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I did one a year ago. Did a big post about the lid build if you are interested.

I've been meaning to post more about the build, but I have been too busy getting out EVERY WEEKEND and enjoying it.

If you are a handy kind of guy with LOTS of tools you can do this.Basically it goes like this: 1) decide on a top and buy or make it. 2) Cut out the top of your van with a grinding wheel or pneumatic shears. ( GULP ) 3) Weld up and install a curb out of angle iron. 4) design and install the hinge and lift mechanisms. 5) Fabricate the tent, waterproof the curb and install tent. 6) design and install latch mechanism. Everything else is just details.
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