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Thanks, great! There may be too many colors to choose from. Easier to copy someone else’s hard work picking colors! Ha ha
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Good to know! This looked like something I could easily do myself, noting that the video shows how this guy does it on the van, which is covered in plastic. I can do it! tam _________________ 1987 Vanagon Westfalia GL Automatic Make it special: http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=545885
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My top is also in great condition, just the faded gel coat. Fiberglass not shown. I have a shop paint me to match the body color. I don’t think you necessarily need marine paint. Car paint can also work fine. I removed all the seals, removed the front and all the bolts, wiped it clean with a scotch bright pad, and put it away. I believe they wiped it off with something too. They slapped on a primer/clear coat and it looks great. 6 years later and it still looks like new. No flaking or fading of any kind. Just wanted to let you know that you have options other than stock marine paint.
I agree. I repainted the two pop-up tops using auto epoxy primer, primer and clear coat. They all performed well. YMMV. _________________ Dave O ’87 Westy w/2002 Subaru EJ25 & Peloquin TBD “Better to travel with hope than to arrive.” Robert Louis Stevenson MD>Canada>AK>WA>OR>CA>AZ>UT>WY>SD https: ///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=620646 Building a European Tour Bus (euroBus) https:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=695371 Western Synchronous Build https:///vw/forum/viewtopic .php?t=746794
In my never-ending search for my camper top, knowing that I can return what I’ve already purchased, I’m giving away the Awlgrip color. I’m not sure if more options would help me! The way they punch the center is really nice so you can see the colors to compare to. Here they are, and frankly, the online version stinks. You can’t even see anywhere near the true color! Dave _________________ stop dead photo link how to post photo Ghia http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473 Vanagon http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537 Beetle https: // //vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
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Okay, the sun is out today, so I pulled out my Awlgrip color chart to see if there are better top stock colors here. in conclusion? Hold on to what I have. While outside, I pulled a few top screws to see if they needed to be replaced. Many are badly rusted and “need” to be replaced. I plan to use 18-8 stainless steel slotted truss head screws and 18-8 stainless steel nylon lock nuts. I saw GoWesty show these screws in their catalog…but…….not in stock they have a large diameter slotted truss head. They are 6mm with a 1.0 pitch. The total thread length is approximately 15mm. The head diameter of the stock screws is 16 mm. These are not off the shelf screws! The best I can find fits all size standards but is 16mm long. The biggest difference is that they only have a 14mm diameter slotted truss head. Mmmmmmm….do the Westphalian engineers really need that 16mm, or are they just easily available locally for cheap? I ordered 14mm head screws and I will receive them on Monday. Does anyone have a data-backed reason that the extra 2mm is necessary to properly hold the fiberglass in place? I’m also planning to use these same bullpen head screws to replace the rusted carriage bolts for the hinge and latch fastening points. Below are the photos…the first one is the stock screw in my gauge. The second photo shows how the four luggage rack screws are the same size as the hinge screws, but have a tapered point on the threaded end. (left screw, taper point is grey) It’s not a big deal in my book…if you will, it’s not a problem. Dave _________________ stop dead photo link how to post photo Ghia http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473 Vanagon http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537 Beetle https: // //vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
Hi I’m tired and sore and there’s nothing more productive than answering your question so you’ve found out how hard it is to find a stainless 6 X like other Westy owners who are “frustrated with stock truss head bolts” 1mm truss head. Is a 14mm head good enough? Well, let’s go and see the whiteboard…(Man, I’ll be pissed if I make any math mistakes, if I have my excuse that I really should be in bed reading and drinking hot tea instead of doing this stupid samba) can you live with the difference? Could such a drastic change bring disaster? Can you just use 18-8 stainless steel instead of 316? I went my own way: http://shufti.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/vanagon-pop-top-hinge-bolt-replacement/ Just kidding, I’ve seen machine screws with Philips headers (stainless steel, Put into epoxy filled stainless steel cup washers. Looks beautiful. Cheers, Alistair_________________ ’86 7 Passenger Sync, Converted to Western Pop Top, Project still in progress ’82 Western, Diesel in ’94 Years converted to gasoline, now gone… https://shufti.blog/ old address still works… http://shufti.wordpress.com
Mmmm, thank you for your morning math class! As my brain ages, but I have years of experience finding the obvious, I don’t think head size has a huge impact on the fastener’s ability to hold the fiberglass top while in motion. The only stress on each fastener I can think of is the lift when in motion. Manipulating or raising and lowering the top puts some amount of pressure on the eight (four on each side) fasteners after opening and closing. I don’t see any obvious signs of straining (pulling away) pressure on the head. The stress appears to be carried by the threaded shaft of each screw. Fiberglass tries to lift or get pushed down while driving, and it seems that the holes for the fasteners are the first to hold them together. The only fasteners that will experience pressure in the head, and I’m guessing there will be a lot of pressure, are fasteners that latch…and there are many of them! Probably because the latch is under significant stress loading. I might even consider putting some fender washers under each latch screw head to distribute the load. It’s on top, out of sight 99% of the time. When I take it apart to paint, I check each mounting point for signs of stress. To answer your question, yes, I think I’m comfortable with the smaller head screws. The only exception is on the latch, but even there I have 8 original screws in good shape that I can use if in doubt about using the smaller head. Am I happy with 18-8 stainless steel on 316? Oops yes! See how long the factory anodized ones last before they succumb to rust! In addition, the head is painted with Brightside boat paint. As I mentioned in another post about choosing canvas over the more modern and expensive tent fabric options, this hardware will last for the rest of my driving years until my kids get away from me Angry old hands take out keys and say “Dad, you can’t drive!” Dave _________________ stop dead photo link how to post photo Ghia http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473 Vanagon http:// /vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537 Beetle https://vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
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Dave, when I wrote my last post, I had my tongue stuck to my cheek with a grain of salt. Head diameter, 18-8 stainless steel quip, etc, it’s fun. Cheers alistair ___ ’86 7 passenger sync, converted to western pop top, project still in progress ’82 westy, diesel converted to petrol in ’94, now gone… https://shufti.blog/ The old address still works . . . http://shufti.wordpress.com
As I write my last post, my tongue is firmly on my cheek, take it with a grain of salt.
Yes i thought so, but it does get me thinking…. btw, the top view shows the latch fasteners, these seem to be carriage bolts, any clue? Simple assembly speed? “Anti-theft” attribute? I will be using my 14mm slotted truss head here. Yes…I have a new sunroof sitting in the van ready to be installed. Dave _________________ stop dead photo link how to post photo Ghia http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473 Vanagon http:///vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537 Beetle https: // //vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
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I think the carriage bolts on the top are for ease of assembly. Even with mastic under the head (don’t forget it!), the head can/will rotate as you screw up the nut. Note that I’ve seen examples where the top square hole is rounded and the carriage bolt’s anti-rotation feature is useless. Back to frankincense – Bentley has some VW numbers, but I use something called a “dum-dum”. I don’t know how common the name is, but it comes in rolls (I got something 1″ wide rolled in brown paper with a backing on one side). I have this roll that will last a lifetime and many pop tops. About 10 bucks. I’m not