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Thread: 130 Station Wagon with side fold pop top build

  1. #191
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    I have just read through your build, amazing work! The one thing I can't get my head around is how the front doors now seal against the new aluminium box section. Do you have any photos which detail this? We are contemplating converting our 130, and compiling as much info as possible.

    Thanks for your time,

    Jay

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    Door Seals

    Hi Jay,

    I haven't been on AULRO in a while. Thank you for the complements.


    The front door rubber seals are held onto the box section by 20x20x2mm aluminium angle which is riveted to the box section - exactly the same as how Land Rover does it. Same at the back door. I used the curved galvanized 'Arch' off the series 3 riveted into a cut out in the box section (posts #42 and #82). The standard pinchweld seal (or whatever it is called) just pushes onto it.

    I just took a couple of pics for you. Hope this helps
    I sent you a PM with my number if you need anymore detail.
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  3. #193
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    Brilliant! Makes perfect sense now.

    I am thinking of something along the lines of....POP TOP.pdf

  4. #194
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    Looks great Jay. The extra length and width will be really useful. I would consider having the camper door on the side just behind the the rear wheel, with a L-seat along the back (rear) wall and a little bit along the other side. Be best for reducing dust entry and weight distribution. I have attached a photo of an interesting 3 level interior sleeping arrangement. Also you could put the spare wheel under the taper at the back, if you didn't want to have it on the bonnet.

    A couple of links for inspiration - Custom Campers - Land Rover 130 Crew Cab - Custom Campers GmbH
    Ortec camper (can't find the link to manufacturer at the moment, but some interesting photos here) - VERKAUFT: Land Rover Defender 130 – Integrierte Version mit Hubdach | EXPLORER Magazin
    I had a stack of other links I can't find at the moment.

    The other thing to consider is, if you are planning on shipping this machine overseas that the length and height of a standard shipping container is L - 5.89M W - 2.35M H - 2.36M and a high cube is L - 5.89M W - 2.35M H - 2.69M. Often the doors can be a smidge lower. But you can always lower the tyre pressures, or drive in on the rims (or steel disks like in the photos attached) or take the bullbar off and ship it under the back car etc for the rare occasion this might be an issue.

    I'm not sure how many people you need to transport, but if it was just the two of us I would build something like this with a fibreglass back. I don't like their interior layout though -
    Land Rover Defender Gets Camper Makeover From Matzker

    I look forward to reading your build thread. Good luck with it.
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  5. #195
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    Firstly a big thank you for all the info - apologies for not responding sooner, I have only just come across your reply!

    Do you have any further details or photos of this camper?

    With your 130 conversion - is there anything you would change or improve if you did it again? Any lessons learnt, things to avoid?

  6. #196
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    Hi Jay,

    I'm not sure what further details or photos you would like? I documented pretty much every single step of my build in this thread. Let me know what extra info you are chasing?

    I still love my 130.
    It's perfect for our needs.

    A lot of thought went into the construction before and during my build. For inspiration I had my 110 Defender Pop top which I built in 2003 and we had for 10 years and also a Trayon Camper. The details of my 110 pop top build and other Pop Tops I have seen in Europe are in your 2012 thread - DIY pop top roof conversion - 110 defender

    In the past 5 years we have camped 279 nights in our 130 Pop Top, and everything still works perfectly and is user friendly. Since I last updated this thread I have made some additional things like a rear awning (which only needs one peg and vertical pole) , version #3 fly, additional tables and 2nd row bucket seats - which I will try and update at some time.

    If I were to do it again, there is nothing I would change apart from maybe the tent section pole corners as mentioned in post #181. For the construction I would buy the right tools. eg. A compound mitre saw would have saved a lot of work (and time).


    We just came back from 1.5 weeks on Moreton Island where I saw this 140.5 inch station wagon (by my rough reckoning) at Kooringal. They used the whole of a Series 3 back and stretched the chassis (approx 33cm) to fit. The series bodywork overhangs the chassis at the back like mine. They used oversized flares at the back to hide the Series 3 'swoop' which I think would work better with bigger tyres. It's another option depending on what your needs are. Somehow, I only seemed to get one photo of it.
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