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Old 03-27-2013, 07:02 AM   #11
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

Congratulations on that Top Andrew
looking forward to the next steps and maybe even see the Van for real
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:24 AM   #12
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

A saw was let loose today.

First had to remove the panels and insulation




Then cut it out is steps






and the roof in spare parts
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:10 AM   #13
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

^^^badass! im jealous... i cant wait till i get to go saw happy.

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Details will come once done
look forward to what you come up with.

ive never understoood why smb doesnt do a full front to back top. seems like such a waste of usable space.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:54 AM   #14
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

Well done Andrew! Don't you plan to cut the roof further to the front, just behind the top of the windshield?
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:01 AM   #15
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Van puzzle Swiss V2

Very impressive. Looking forward to more photos.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:06 AM   #16
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

@ Pschitt No, one needs to keep some rigidity around the windshield and the pop top structure needs support also.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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Exactly what I was thinking. Good work, Andrew!
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:50 PM   #18
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

After the cut out, need to reassembling the structure.

1. reduce the length


2. Create the cross structure that I didn't have, Decided to install in front and back
Trying to match the roof profile


Test fitting



I just noticed that I didn't take pictures of the base structure installed. Will have to grab some.

Then before installing the U tubes, I needed to modify the electricity layout in the roof.
I decided to take the top apart and noticed that the insulation doesn't cover the whole width of the roof.

To correct it, I changed the insulation... no picture of this process...
Note to myself, never take the top apart again, just a pain to put back together...

3. Install the U tubes


Once all installed, connected and functional I lowered it and found out that it was 3" to far back


Moved it forward by drilling a new set of holes in the roof. Will need to waterproof, later.
In the correct position


Still need to fasten the lower part of canvas.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:53 AM   #19
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Gosh, you didn't sleep during Easter week-end! Good job!!
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:19 AM   #20
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Re: Van puzzle Swiss V2

That is a great job on the cut and the frame rail you put around the roof Andrew. Too bad SMB doesn't do that. The extra time if done in mass production wouldn't be that much longer. Are you going to bolt or tack it to the roof?

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