I love your suburban. It's one of the beasts I show people when I describe what I want to put together.... And up until now I thought mine would include a RTT. But that westy top looks suprisingly...awesome. Damn you!
Thanks! I work pretty slowly these days (having an infant cuts into your time a fair bit), but I am in the process of redoing the interior. I am trying to "do it right". All that little stuff I have been meaning to do, I am trying to do. Right now I have every interior plastic piece out of the truck and I am re-dying it all (keeping it blue). Hoping to have progress pictures soon.
The pop-top is looking great so far. And you have totally inspired me!
I noticed that the donor top has had the sheetmetal cut, and from what I understand, if you want to convert a non-westy top to a westy top, you need the sheetmetal.
From the pics you showed though, it looks like you did not use the VW top's sheetmetal right? If I can summarize, you did:
Cut a hole, brace it by moving the stock braces, and fab some angle iron side braces for the hole.
In the front, attach the two mounting "posts" and a custom spacer for the latch.
In the rear, what did you do, just bolted the hinges on, more or less?
I have been looking over the years for someone who has actually done this, and it seems really rare.
I just might be next.
Yeah, you got it. I bought the whole roof of the van because we had no idea how best to make it work. We considered "stacking" the entire sheet metal van roof but I think it would have been uglier, heavier, and taller. In the end we (and by we I mean Robert) basically bolted the rear hinge straight to the Suburban roof and cut and reinforced a hole. The hardest part was the pile of Fiberglas work. We had to shorten the front basket by like 8 inches. Not the easiest.
I think you could do this way cheaper with a 1 piece pop top.