VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby 90safari » April 28th 2020, 12:26am

sprinter wrote:Painted and air dam fitted

Sop what did you use for the air dam? That looks real good.
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby sprinter [OP] » May 10th 2020, 1:57am

90safari wrote:
sprinter wrote:Painted and air dam fitted

Sop what did you use for the air dam? That looks real good.


The air dam is off the donor Eurovan. Bonded on with VHB tape
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby Wiley » May 10th 2020, 3:10pm

Any heavy rain tests yet??
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby sprinter [OP] » May 17th 2020, 7:20pm

Wiley wrote:Any heavy rain tests yet??


Yes, All good. And no noise or air leaks at 75mph
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby Jeffryscott » May 18th 2020, 3:30pm

Amazing work!
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby SportsBoy » May 18th 2020, 3:55pm

sprinter wrote:Inside trimmed

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Very cool, just noticed this pic - did the VW roof come with this cutout above the front seats and you just did some work with the Astro headliner to match it?

Ok, looking at more pics it looks like the curved front part of the hole is the front part of the VW roof, and the B pillar brace is the flat back end of the opening - is that right? Looks very cool.

When you have a chance, could you do some detail pics of the latches holding the top on? I've never been in a Eurovan, and am wondering how many latches there are to hold it on and how beefy they are.
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby Wiley » May 18th 2020, 4:22pm

sprinter wrote:
Wiley wrote:Any heavy rain tests yet??


Yes, All good. And no noise or air leaks at 75mph


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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby sprinter [OP] » May 29th 2020, 10:52pm

SportsBoy wrote:
sprinter wrote:Inside trimmed

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Very cool, just noticed this pic - did the VW roof come with this cutout above the front seats and you just did some work with the Astro headliner to match it?

Ok, looking at more pics it looks like the curved front part of the hole is the front part of the VW roof, and the B pillar brace is the flat back end of the opening - is that right? Looks very cool.

When you have a chance, could you do some detail pics of the latches holding the top on? I've never been in a Eurovan, and am wondering how many latches there are to hold it on and how beefy they are.


Correct, I left the B-pillar cross-brace and the curved section and top of that area is all Eurovan

There is one latch and the handle underneath (that you can see in the pic) to release. then a safety latch

Im not sure if you could call it beefy, but it doesnt really have that much force on it.
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby kevinwells » September 16th 2020, 8:01pm

Beautiful job! I am scouring the salvage yards for a eurovan top now, I am in San Francisco bay area. Anyone get a line on one, let me know!
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby Big_kid » September 17th 2020, 1:30am

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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby Rahdigs » October 14th 2020, 2:41pm

Wow... that looks amazing! Job well done!
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby etmo » November 25th 2020, 6:18pm

sprinter wrote:New member and first post here. 2005 AWD (soon to be 4x4) Astro w/200k miles and lifted 4"

I just started this new project after pulling the poptop assembly and cutting the roof off a VW Eurovan. Plan is to keep all Astro crossmembers at the pillar locations, and remove the one that is midway across the sliding door). I will be riveting (solid steel aircraft rivets) and bonding (high modulus windscreen adhesive) the Eurovan roof section in.

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How did you remove the pop top from the Eurovan. I'm looking at one today and want to understand the process, amount of work/time it will take.
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Re: VW Eurovan poptop retrofit

Postby sprinter [OP] » January 7th 2021, 9:57pm

Cutting the roof off a Eurovan is not easy. I used an angle grinder and about 20 cutoff disks. A big powerful sawzall might have been better suited due to the tri layers of steel in some areas
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