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Fitting a high top roof to a bay camper

Discussion in 'Body' started by jobell, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Here's a nice curly one,
    I found a place selling high top roofs that would suit our 1976 bay (not for Missy D ... this is another one is called Dora) to suit out of Bali from Karma Kombis Bali. Has anyone ever had a bodyshop fit a high top? What sort of $$$ was it worth? I remember 10 years ago high tops were not so popular that they went for a song. Now they are few and far between I might have to make my own. Anyway all and any feedback appreciated. Also... if anyone has bought a kombi from these guys I would love a PM. Cheers Jo
     
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Beware anything out of bali.
    Only thing I have seen after looking at numerous detailed photos for prospective owners is bog, rust and bullshit.
    Also spoken to people regularly there who confirm same.
    So absoloutly no reason to expect anything good from there so far.
    Bali build standards have zilch in common with what is expected here.
    You will need to look into body strengthening required here to pass engineering.
     
  3. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    I was thinking importing the fibreglass top and having it fitted here Col. I was expecting that there would be engineering requirements. Who would I ask about those? Vic Roads?
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    There are certain standards for mods.
    Most will be covered by new national standards.
    I will look for any relevent parts.

    Would anticipate it much easier to get a straight answer from a local certifying engineer .
    I would look at the legislation then contact a recomended engineer.

    My concern re the bali top is realy poor standards and concept of
    " workmanship".
    Plus probably expensive and difficult to ship.
    Usualy the tops are quite thin and flexible.
    I would expect poor thickness and application of gelcoat.
    Poor lamination using chopped strand and polyester and done roughly.
    Just like aussie ones in days of old. :)
    Pretty crap realy.

    Transport unsupported is likely to create many stress cracks.

    What is landed price?
     
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  5. melissa

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  6. Tangles

    Tangles Well-Known Member

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    Hightops are soooooo cool.


    Do it. :cool:
     
  7. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    About $4200 Col.
    Thanks for your thoughts. Might be better off finding a high top, there are one or two available. Maybe a rag roof would suit our 76 better!
     
  8. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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  9. cbus

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    What are you expectations from the hightop?
    It is possible to build one a variety of ways.
    A moulded one reduces costs usualy.
    Foam core sandwich is good for one off.
    You could cut n shut a metal or fibreglass roof from another vehicle economicaly if you got the base item cheap.

    Likely you will need belly pans to stiffen kombi structure and a loop of something like 75x 30 inside the roof cut.?
    Neither a big issue.

    Talk to people with Paris roofs before going rag top to get their opinions.

    Is current roof sound or was it a poptop.?

    You could section and extend a stock roof for an interesting look ;)
     
  10. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Just read a few other threads that touch on the whole Bali issue and clarified things for me. I think I will be shopping at home instead.
     
  11. Aspro

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    Factory high top roofs are the only ones I really like. US adventure wagon roofs can also look ok. Oz made "snapper heads" look too wierd even for me.
    There was a guy here in the UK doing repro factory fibreglass roofs. They looked pretty good.
    The roof cut in a high top is pretty much the same size as a camper so no need for belly pans.
    Rag top is not really a sensible option in my opinion. They leak and shrink over time.
    What's the situation with your bus?
     
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  12. StevieVW

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    Adr 6.2 All vans fitted with non factory hi top fibreglass roofs must have soft serve capability.....
     
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    Don't forget the jingle (music )as it goes down the street.
     
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  14. StevieVW

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    That's only when they're out of icecream....
     
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  15. Aspro

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    Greensleeves?
     
  16. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    All that sounds pretty good to me. Actually it is a commercial application I have in mind....We'll see if it's affordable or do-able. There's a couple of high tops on the market here that I found last night, not sure of the type but whatever they are I don't particularly like them. So I have been eyeing off our 76 camper wondering if I might do something useful with her.
     
  17. cbus

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    Side tilt poptop do the job ?
     
  18. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    It might if it gets me around the whole engineering issue. I could turn a window into a fold out service area/opening and put another opening in the high top or have a side tilt pop top style thing. I like the idea of a bigger service window in the side better though, plus an awning over, but compromises might be required. Going to be good fun to research.
     
  19. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    If I have to work it may as well be in a kombi!
     
  20. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    I dont see any problems or complexity fitting a high top.
    Minor stiffening which is easy.
    Cost of roof will depend on what you can find at right price.
    Plenty options.

    Alternative is a full length pop top ( any any configuration that suits) altered to be a side opener like a thai kombi bar.

    If serving from side I think the ones that have from waistline to gutter ( including gutter ) section fold down to become counter works well for service and customer contact.
     

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