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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:47 pm    Post subject: Sunroof where Luggage Rack Is.. (pic) Reply with quote

I almost never use the luggage-rack area above the driver and in removing it to clean and install filter-screens for the drain whole... I thought it would be sweet to have a sunroof, but I don't think I'd like the profile-look of the van without the white-fiberglass luggage-rack.

So, I wonder..

Q: Anyone ever seen the bottom cut out of the luggage-rack and a sunroof installed for the cab, above the driver/passenger in the spot exposed from the cut?

Q: Got a better idea?

84-westy-4sp-bostig here..

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen pics somewhere. Can't remember if it's here or elsewhere on the web. I think the guy put some metal mesh on the bottom so the rack was still usable.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny you mention it. I have non-westy and put a sunroof right there and have been crowing about how it would be cool to do what you're thinking about with a westy, but combine it with Jackbombay's effort to fill the luggage rack to reduce turbulance, etc.
Basically he fiberglassed over the entire luggage rack, which might be the first thing I would do. Then I would put the sunroof in that (so its not counter-sunk at the bottom of the luggage rack). Several advantages to this approach:
1. more headroom (creates a light tunnel up through the roof to the top of the luggage rack). Don't understimate how nice this would be.
2. Optimize the size of the sunroof (vs. finding one that fits inside the recessed luggage area). And optimize the size of your light tunnel/headroom space.
3. Could create a little cubby/storage shelf around the perimeter of the "tunnel" leading up to the sunroof (for sunglasses, etc).
4. Cleans up the luggage rack turbulance issue.

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1. Requires some creativity.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dig it...

http://pws.prserv.net/synergy/Vanagon/sunroof.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonslp wrote:
dig it...

http://pws.prserv.net/synergy/Vanagon/sunroof.htm

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Good to see what it looks like if its just done on the metal roof with an access hole cut in the luggage rack. I would think that free/exposed lip of the luggage rack hole would further increase turbulance.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@steelhead: I like the tunnel idea! The head-room would be freaking sweet too.

@Simonslp: Dude, nice find! That's exactly the idea I was thinking.

http://pws.prserv.net/synergy/Vanagon/sunroof.htm
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup, yup. On my list as well. But I am considering it of the non-opening variety, and then putting some clear lexan at the top. So it would let more light in, AND help with the 'wind catch' that is the current rack.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boulderdrop wrote:
@steelhead: I like the tunnel idea! The head-room would be freaking sweet too.

@Simonslp: Dude, nice find! That's exactly the idea I was thinking.

http://pws.prserv.net/synergy/Vanagon/sunroof.htm
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Sorry for the necropost, but it is easier than summarizing and produces less archive confusion.

How about that idea with a ragtop in place of the glass style sunroof/moonroof? Has anyone tried it or seen it?
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