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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:40 pm    Post subject: CHC Top - Refurb and Install Reply with quote

I've been waiting to post about this until I was done...so here it goes.

My van is a 1987.5 Tin Top Wolfsburg / Weekender. My wife and I and our 3 year old have LOVED camping in it for the last year and a half, but the time came that we needed more space. Rather than sell the van and start over with a pop top, we decided the CHC top was the best option. I would have gone hightop, but the wife was adamantly apposed, so we compromised on the CHC top.

After a long search, keeping my eyes open online, one came about in Colorado from a fellow VOG member. I purchased it and had it shipped the 1200 miles to my house.

When the top arrived, I was a little overwhelmed and honestly almost took a hard pass. But instead I dove in head first. Being a plastic top, the external top was in very good shape...however the base was cracked and the wood sub-frame was demolished. I started by rebuilding the subframe, then "fixed" the plastic around it. A little paint and it turned out pretty good.

Canvas is brand new.

It took about a month and 60+ hours to restore the top in my garage, and about 3 - 4 nights for the installation including cutting the hole, assembly and installing the top, and then finishing up the trim inside.

I will be at Descend on Bend this weekender if anybody wants to check it out.


The day it arrived in my garage.
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The base was in the worst condition. Cracked in a ton of places.
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Repaired and painted
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The ceiling plastic was very yellowed, and also cracked
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Painted the top black
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New canvas installed on the top
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Cut headliner hole
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Cut hole in roof
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Test fit base on roof
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Final assembly in the garage before it went ont
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First night on the van
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Trim and headliner cleaned up
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Yesterday
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So far it has lived up to a 70MPH drive for 4 hours, two paddle boards on the rack, and about an hour of down poor while driving with no leaking. That's a good start.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: CHC Top - Refurb and Install Reply with quote

Heck yeah! Nice work.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: CHC Top - Refurb and Install Reply with quote

Oh, and of course, as seen in the last image I still need to put the rear AC tube back up and make a face plate for it. Since my AC doesn't work, that is a lower priority right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: CHC Top - Refurb and Install Reply with quote

Great work. Looks cool with the two tone.
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