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#308616 - July 16th 2009 1:02 pm High top conversion vans
G_10 Offline
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Registered: July 13th 2009 12:45 am
Posts: 184
Loc: West Chester, PA. USA
This may sound like a stupid question, but please don't me too bad for asking.

Has anyone here taken a standard van, and converted it on their own to have the fiberglass, high top roof? I am seriously considering yarding a high top for my Beauville, so I can stand up inside, and give my herniated disks a break, as well as add some of the creature comforts.

So these questions also come about:

A) If it's been done, is it worth it, or should I be looking for a van already converted, because of the hassles involved?

B) How does removing roof material for the conversion, affect the structural stability of the vehicle, and what needs to be done to keep the structural rigidity of the vehicle sound?

C) If I were to get a top from a yard, how much work is involved in removing everything I need, (and by "need", I am speaking only of necessary items. Cosmetics and eye candy excluded), for the conversion?

D) How much should I be looking to spend, (ballpark figure of a fair market value), on a yarded top, in good condition?

Thanks guys!!
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#308619 - July 16th 2009 1:13 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: G_10]
Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!! Offline
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Registered: June 10th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 12714
Loc: Burlington, On, Canada Eh !!!!
Dennis from Van Clan is planning his third hi-top from cargo van conversion...

Here is number 2



The tops were bought new from a conversion company and van shop in Kitchener Ontario.

I have seen others add used junkyard tops to vans with good results as well.

Your insurance company limits modifications at times...Just leave as much shhet metal on top as possible, and leave the top side, front and rear supports in place, and remove the roof cross supports only.

All tops have usually been crash tested to satisfy US and Canadian Safety standard.

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#308621 - July 16th 2009 1:16 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: G_10]
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Registered: May 29th 2007 8:01 pm
Posts: 3300
Loc: Springfield, oHIo
don't know about doing the conversion but I will tell started in a 65 Chevy Handivan, been though 2 Astros & 4 others & at our age & vannin for 30 odd years, glad we have a high top now
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#308629 - July 16th 2009 1:24 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: DeeJaye]
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Registered: July 13th 2009 12:45 am
Posts: 184
Loc: West Chester, PA. USA
Thanks for the advice Doc! DeeJaye, trust me when I tell you, it can't come soon enough with my bad back and sciatica. Being hunched over in this van will cause me more problems, so I am ready to undertake the project if it's feasible.

The van is going to need painted anyway, so I figure there's no better time to do the conversion. My step father is a carpenter and general contractor, so I will design and build the interior with him.
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This van is a rockin!

350, 4 bolt main, headers, towing cam, Performer RPM intake manifold and Edelebrock 4bbl carb. 700-R4 trans.

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#308630 - July 16th 2009 1:25 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: DeeJaye]
steelvan Offline
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Registered: July 15th 2009 10:17 am
Posts: 185
Loc: Woodbridge, NJ
you can buy the top new from here...they bought out all the conversion companies that went out of business over the years...them and v-sales are the only places to buy oem conversion parts, which sucks cause my from bumper cover is gonna cost me almost $800 without paint!

Here is the page for the tops

http://cpcparts.com/products/results.asp?nCatID=79&nSubCatID=205&sSubCat=CHEVY/GMC
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#308635 - July 16th 2009 1:30 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: steelvan]
G_10 Offline
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Registered: July 13th 2009 12:45 am
Posts: 184
Loc: West Chester, PA. USA
Thanks steelvan. They all look pretty plain Jane to me, but I will dig through their site. I was hoping for something a little more evil looking, or at least quasi-evil, and less boxy. Yard will be my first attempt at this, and if all else fails, I'll save for one of those kits.
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350, 4 bolt main, headers, towing cam, Performer RPM intake manifold and Edelebrock 4bbl carb. 700-R4 trans.

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#308640 - July 16th 2009 1:37 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: G_10]
DeeJaye Offline
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Registered: May 29th 2007 8:01 pm
Posts: 3300
Loc: Springfield, oHIo
Originally Posted By: G_10
Thanks for the advice Doc! DeeJaye, trust me when I tell you, it can't come soon enough with my bad back and sciatica. Being hunched over in this van will cause me more problems, so I am ready to undertake the project if it's feasible.

The van is going to need painted anyway, so I figure there's no better time to do the conversion. My step father is a carpenter and general contractor, so I will design and build the interior with him.


back & sciatica is why I have my cruzen cooler too
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Roger & Donna Jones & Cisco
aka: Gloworm & Dee Jaye & Puppy Trucker
Free Spirit Vans, Springfield, Ohio
2000 GMC Hightop, 2008 HHR Panel, 1987 Astro, 2002 PT Cruiser, 2000 Harley Road King,
Secretary - Southern Ohio Van Council
Host of the 1995 and 2002 Nationals and 1999 C of C
Member Northeastern Ohio Van Congress - 2007 Nationals

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#308641 - July 16th 2009 1:38 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: G_10]
relaxedvanner Offline
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Registered: December 17th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 1822
Loc: Calgary Alberta. Canada
My father and I did a complete interior in a 78 Dodge maxi for camping. They then had a high top added. It added a lot of room but the cabinets we installed seemed too low because the roof was added after the fact, and caused a lot of bending to use the stove, sink ect.
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#308643 - July 16th 2009 1:51 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: relaxedvanner]
G_10 Offline
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Registered: July 13th 2009 12:45 am
Posts: 184
Loc: West Chester, PA. USA
relaxedvanner, I haven't decided what all I'm adding to the interior yet, as far as accessories. I plan to still use it for hauling stuff, and will eventually get a trailer for that, but it has to be versatile enough to handle hauling big items, and still be livable for camping. I have no problem with an air mattress and portable camping stoves, etc.. I'm used to roughing it in a tent, sleeping bag & a pillow, and no accessories at all, other than something to start the campfire with.
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#308647 - July 16th 2009 2:01 pm Re: High top conversion vans [Re: G_10]
SixShot Offline
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Registered: September 27th 2008 12:49 pm
Posts: 1229
Loc: Joyce Washington
http://www.discountvantruck.com/vantopsraisedroofs/bubblevantops.htm
These folks have a few styles,looks like 1800buck give or take for the standup tops with liners.
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