This is extremely helpful! I am in the planning stages of my own build. Did you consider doing a T-top style? If so, what made you decide not to do it?
How has the insulation held up? Any moisture issues? I built my first pop truck topper last year (version 1.0) and after learning a lot and spending a year in it, I'm ready to build version 2.0.
1.0 was not a cab over, and as a result, had really limited space for 2 avid runners to sleep plus all of our gear, etc. It was basically just a place to sleep. I'll try and attach some photos. I want to keep some elements of it but in version 2.0 I'm going to weld a frame rather than the 2x2s that I used on this one. I'm thinking of a T-top so that there is more sleeping room in the loft area (cab over) but have not found a ton of advice out there as far as how to hinge it, so may end up with something like yours.
Ill have to tell Miniorf to get back to posting, I believe he is somewhere wandering around Spain as he was captaining a sailboat in corsica all fall for work. As far as I know its holding up great and is hanging out in Mass while he is away. Ill tell him there is interest back here..
I just found this thread linked in Pinterest under "Camper trailers". An unexpected but totally pleasant find! First, as so many have already done, I wish to express my awe in what you have been able to accomplish. Beautiful piece of work!
I have recently been toying with ideas of how in increase the living space in our 1975 Volvo TGB11 without making any changes that would be considered permanent. A roof mounted Westy type pop-top mounted to the roof using the original Volvo roof hatch seems to be my best option. The Volvo's roof already has multiple integral mounting points so securing a large panel of aluminum 5-bar plate as the top's floor would be no problem.
Just a couple questions at this point. What is the overall height/thickness of the pop-top directly over the cab section of the truck in its closed position? While your hinges are works of art and appear very sturdy, if you ever consider just using a pair of original hinges from a Westfalia top?
Once again, very beautiful and inspiring work.