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Old 11-10-2006, 08:18 PM
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"home made" sun roof/glass insert

What would be involved in cutting the ceiling body panel and inserting a glass panel? Not so much looking to get fancy with anything, just moreso want to throw in a "window" in the ceiling.

I'm looking to do this with a panel van (chevy, gmc, etc.). So there should be no other roof elements besides the bare body panel. What I would think would give me trouble would be the curvature of the roof.

Any ideas how I would even go about doing this? Cutting the roof? Finding a good glass panel? Weatherstripping it??

Please help me brainstorm.

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Old 11-10-2006, 08:25 PM
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It's not that uncommon to use a conversion van side glass for a roof window. They make the windows slightly arched and the rubber comes with them. Really, if you get the right kit you simply use the stencil to lay out the hole, cut the hole and install the window.
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Or....go to a salvage yard and pull a working sun roof out of something with a similar roof line. Look for one the size you want.

I saw an article in an old magazine where they took a totalled Porsche roof (power) and fit it into an old car of some sort. The roof lines were very similar. It was the kind that slid up and back, not the glass ones.

You can get sunroofs pretty cheap that way and they are not that hard to install.
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I think they all suck! Even from the factory they leak. Its going to leak.
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I think they all suck! Even from the factory they leak. Its going to leak.

...? I'll have to make sure the weatherstripping holds up
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:20 AM
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Iīve had three vehicles with sunroofs, all leaked, drove me nuts, even as stated before, the factory ones.
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:33 AM
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I never had one with a sunroof (glass). I had an Audi with a moon roof (metal that slides open) and it never leaked. Then again....it was a german made car.

My boss has an '01 lincoln with a glass sunroof and so far it does not leak.
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:55 AM
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One of the vehicles was an Opel Monza, not a cheap car back in the eighties,
it had the metal slide/tilt roof.
All the four drain tubes blocked up and water stained the headling.
The slide /tilt actuator went south as well and I never used it that much, it wouldīve been wiser to have spent the money on air con.
German made.

Edit: I understand all those types of roof are made by the same manufacturer,
itīs not the actual car factory who makes them.
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i have not looked in years - but in the 80's there were many van parts you could get. i installed many over the years and never had one leak. even my first one where I warped the roof did not leak after I worked the warp out of it. I would look into some of the places that sell parts and check the net to see what brands are best. then go from there. just remember to measure twice and cut only once.

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Okay, so there should be kits that will be exactly what I want then? Who would be the vendor for such a thing? I searched but I came up with nothing/nobody.

Everything I see online seems to just have the "creature comforts" to add to a van (lighting, etc.). I don't see anywhere I can get a glass insert for the roof.
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:42 PM
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Try these guys
I haveīnt searched the site but itīs a start.
Type "sunroofs for cars" in your browser.
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I did a google search for “sunroofs”

http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com/sunconkit.html

http://www.sunroofdoctor.com/

there are so many places - just check it out for yourself.
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