Finally the exterior of the pop top is done! I got a new rubber seal from the bus depot (sold by the foot). The seal fit pretty well over the ribbed section where it needs to match the roof line, although it took a little convincing to get on. I also added a fantastic fan for better ventilation than just the vent hatch that was on the #westfalia pop top. The fan wasn't the exact size of the opening, so it had to be cut a little larger to get it in.
NEXT >>> replacing the headliner inside the top, mounting the new canvas, attaching the lift mechanisms, and then it's time to install on the van!
1 151 hours ago
While the paint on the #poptop is drying, I made some artificial rain gutters to mount a pair of roof racks. I was going to buy a 4-pack, but they were over $80 for L-shaped brackets. I had some square tube laying around so I cut it in half the long way, then welded on a tab to make it a rain gutter. All I had to buy was a few bolts, making this a #cheap#project 👍
We love notes from renters - “I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the attention to detail you provided for the van. We had everything we needed, it was so well thought out. Thank you for starting this business. We always find that living in a tight space requires patience, organization, and working as a team. This is a good exercise for maintaining and renewing positive marriage skills.” 📷 @ericgerberphoto#VanGoAuto
1 344 hours ago
After finishing the fiberglass in the front, we sanded the #poptop and did a preliminary coat of paint/primer. This top will be white once we're done. In the second photo you can see the grooves more clearly- they line up almost perfectly with the #chevy roof. The black square towards the front is where we are installing a fan for those hot summer days 😁☀️ NEXT >>> painting it white, installing the ventilation fan, and mounting roof racks!
It's nice to have that daily rhythm naturally defined by the sun out here. Can't remember ever mindfully noticing a sunset, let alone a sunrise back home in the city where the rhythm of life and sleep was often too many hours off.
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