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Old 01-04-2020, 01:35 PM   #1
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Raising The Roof Of Standard Height Van


Anyone done this? I'm talking about the fiberglass roofs they use on conversion vans. Seems like a cheap option compared to a Transit or Promaster. I'd have to extend the ladder rack but that's easy enough.
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vehicle modifications generally end up costing WAY more than anticipated and also take WAY longer than you think.
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vehicle modifications generally end up costing WAY more than anticipated and also take WAY longer than you think.


And seldom turn out as good a modification as a specialist would accomplish.


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This question (topic) is a joke right?


Seriously....buy a different vehicle.

I have a high top extended pro master and I like it a lot

With Amazon using them there is a ton of used promasters in the market




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No I wasn't joking about it. I like my 3500 Express but just would like to be able to stand up in it and have more storage. I have tools and a shop but really was just curious if any other contractors have done this and how they liked working out of it. It doesn't seem like too big of a job, seems not many cash and carry places that sell these tops though. Still looking into that. I may end up with a Promaster or Transit yet, just kicking this idea around a bit to maybe save the monthly payments as the Chevy is paid for. Thanks for all the responses guys.
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vehicle modifications generally end up costing WAY more than anticipated and also take WAY longer than you think.
A client of mine had his van done, company did it in less than a day for the quoted price. They cut the top off and glue on a fiberglass high top. I have a pic of it on my Instagram page.

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No I wasn't joking about it. I like my 3500 Express but just would like to be able to stand up in it and have more storage. I have tools and a shop but really was just curious if any other contractors have done this and how they liked working out of it. It doesn't seem like too big of a job, seems not many cash and carry places that sell these tops though. Still looking into that. I may end up with a Promaster or Transit yet, just kicking this idea around a bit to maybe save the monthly payments as the Chevy is paid for. Thanks for all the responses guys.
It could make financial sense, it's done for camper vans regularly.

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A client of mine had his van done, company did it in less than a day for the quoted price. They cut the top off and glue on a fiberglass high top. I have a pic of it on my Instagram page.

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Doing it that way might make sense.

I was picturing OP with a sawzall, some plywood, and some unrealistic expectations.


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The biggest issue would be hitting your head getting in and out
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The biggest issue would be hitting your head getting in and out


Exactly, maybe back when vans were not made tall it would make sense to modify the roof, however I think it would be silly to spend that kind of money when you could just get a van thatís already a high top

The added bonus is that the sliders and the rear swing doors are tall as well when you get a van thatís already made that Way

My pro master is 6 foot six on the inside and the door openings is close to that as well


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I think the only way it would make financial sense, is if you could find a used top, really cheap. Junkyard?
Then do the work yourself.

Wouldn't be worth it to me, but people do alot of things. Look at these vans people convert into homemade campers.
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Seems they would get you headroom, but not much storage.

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I think the only way it would make financial sense, is if you could find a used top, really cheap. Junkyard?
Then do the work yourself.

Wouldn't be worth it to me, but people do alot of things. Look at these vans people convert into homemade campers.
It's 3 grand to have it done, it's not a fortune.
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There are a couple of of problems for me when thinking about a turtle top on a van.
The first is you have to cut out roof supports along with the roof skin.
Secondly the top is a thin fiberglass with very little or no support structure.
Then you have to make a weather tight connection around the perimeter on the roof line, have you ever looked at the amount of sealer the factory use's and every van ever built the drip rail still rusts out.

I looked at buying a turtle top years ago but passed on it.

A med high Transit or a Promaster makes a lot is sense, it a shame Chevy has not got anything to offer
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What would this do to the resale value? I'm guessing you'd have to be pretty lucky to find someone else who would want a van that has been chopped up like this.
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It's 3 grand to have it done, it's not a fortune.
Not a fortune. I had no idea what it would cost.

I happened to see one of these today. It looked ugly. Been so long since I've seen one.
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Been so long since I've seen one.
That's because it's 2020 not 1970.
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That's because it's 2020 not 1970.
I don't usually laugh out loud, but that was good.
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That's because it's 2020 not 1970.
That's a good point. I think it was an old ambulance, based on the lights on the back.

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