Before I forget, as I did on my last van I got fiberglass filler and built up a little ledge around the roof vent hole, filling in the ribbed channels and making a 1" lip around the hole for a seamless, level vent install. I taped it off so RaptorLiner didn't muck it up and put a thick bead of butyl around it.
Solar panels mounted to aluminum angle, still covered from being painted. Probably a confusing pic. It'll make sense later.
I love me some pretty black painted solar panels. So clean.
So, time to flip the top and do the canvas the easy way. I have no idea how SMB does it but I can tell you that hanging it from the bottom up like I did in my van was really tough. This was much easier.
Sam cleaning up the dirt dobber nest leftovers. I have no idea if you people from places other than the south have these, but we do!
Lots of aligning and taping to get it all straight, and new panels shown here
No pics of the furring strips holding the canvas down, but 1.5" strips are holding the canvas in place and the roof panels are on top of that, which gives you a lot easier time aligning things and getting under a panel (or above a panel) should you ever need to. this black canvas is a thing of beauty, and Zum really wants me to put the camera down and come throw that ball.
I contracted two helpers to help me flip the top and get it back on the jig. One of them was perhaps not too thrilled but she did help, alot.
Now where is that big convertible van?
Looks like I have no pics of rolling it back under there. Installation reverse of removal, however.
More to come!