The other day, as i was driving the mobile sauna that is my 101, I was
thinking how nice it would be to have a sunroof.
It looks like there may be space in the cab roof to fit 2 of those
pop-up glass sunroofs (like 50% of cars around in the 80's seems to
have had). I havent had a proper measure up yet, but i'm sure i can
fit atleast one in there!
Can anybody tell me anywhere where you can buy pop up sunroofs
designed for vehicles with flat rooves? Preferably cheap ones too! :)
Ive had a bit of a google, but havent yet found much, and am waiting
to hear back from what i did find..
On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 23:56:44 +0100, Tom Woods
Is it an ambi? If so, remove the roof hatch in the rear, open the
windows between front and rear, and you should get a good airflow in
through the window.
You could always buy a Land Rover one....
The military sun roof I fitted to mine cost about 80 quid, brand new,
genuine part. It comes complete with everything you need to fit it and
is pre-painted in NATO green.
The difference betweeen the military sunroof and the civillian one (
apart from nearly 200 quid) is that the tilt up panel (which you can
also remove completely) is metal rather than glass.
I can dig out the part number if you're interested or contact
Maddison4x4 and ask for the same sunroof that Dave White bought off them
earlier this year as they'll have it on the computer. I don't think it's
listed in the normal parts catalogues.
You need a Heki Rooflight.... Much better than a glass sunroof as you can
use it to access a tent fitted over your escape hatch. Should stop at least
one leak then ;-)
anyway your wondering what the heck a heki is... well here you go... can be
opened fully up, half opened or on vent... comes with fly screen and blind
which roll into each side so if it's real hot and you want some shade you
can roll out half the blind and half the fly screen as they clip together.
Many caravans come with them factory fitted now.
Yep... only downside is the loss of floorspace.
Aye... check any roof before fitting to make sure it's flat... or it will
leak very soon after fitting if not immediately.. Even the Disco roof has a
cure. Unless you get a roof where the glass can be removed I don't think
it's going to make that much difference to the circulation. What ever you
fit will be pretty permenant unless you rivet a new pannel on so give it
some serious thought before getting the tin opener out.
I dont know. The lift up sunroof in the hardop for my landy made a lot
of difference (it wouldnt remove as i had a roof rack over it!)
I think a sunroof, just lifted at the back sort of sucks the air out
of the vehicle somewhat and makes it cooler.
I would prefer one that comes all the way out though.
On or around Sun, 12 Sep 2004 23:03:28 +0100, Tom Woods
enlightened us thusly:
fecker doesn't seal anyway. but yer right, 's not completely flat. I could
if I remember lay a straightedge across the glass and see if it it or isn't.
I'd have thought that the rear roof on the disco was pretty flat though.
On or around Mon, 13 Sep 2004 11:09:42 +0100, Tom Woods
enlightened us thusly:
early (200-type) discos have a glass panel lift/remove affair in the front
and a lift-but-not-remove in the back. Screws down on to a rubber alleged
seal with a big knob at the back edge.
How do these work Dave?
I'd like one with full, forward or rear elevations. Forward to act as
a scoop (similar to the vent Neil Lawson* has in his Radio Bodied 101)
to force air in and down on me whilst driving, full for 'parked up'
ventilation, and rear for light ventilation.
Does that make sense??? :-)
I like the idea of metal as it's more secure and I'm not arsed about
looking up whilst trying to avoid suicidal white-van-tosser-man...
* Neil was at Peterborough and reckons the forward opening vents were
better than his aircon unit - which does kind of make sense.
2 other solutions -
Roger Hill-cottingham has adapted his windows in the door so he can slide
the front section as well and that is very good at drawing air out of the
checkout neil lawsons truck on
i think, he has made 2
hatches which open at the front to force air into the cab
They are exactly the same as the glass ones, just have an aluminium
panel instead of a glass one. The front is hinged and the back has a
handle that you use to tilt the back up. If you unclip the handle you
can lift the panel even further up and the hinges at the front then
dislocate so you can remove the panel completely.
Sounds a bit like a caravan air vent... I've not seen anything like that
fitted to a vehicle though.
The best vents I've ever used were from a Series Safari Roof. They are
quite small and we used to have one over the drivers seat and one over
the navigators seat when we were doing hill rallies. They are only about
5 inches wide and 10 inches long (from memory). I suppose you could
mount two of them side by side - one facing each way.
I'm pretty sure I've got some in the shed somewhere if you want to see
some pictures. They'll fit into any flat roof panel. I suppose you COULD
mount one into a metal sunroof panel to achieve all the options you want...
Glass sunroofs also make the car hotter if it's parked in the sun. They
also have a nasty habit of shattering when you roll your vehicle onto
it's roof (although I guess that's less likely to be a problem with
Grumble :-)) which is why MSA regs don't allow glass sun roofs for speed
There are a number of different glass ones fitted to Defenders but they
are all the same size and are all simple hinged types. The glass ones
cost over 200 quid IIRC, the military style metal one is identical in
every other way to a glass one and costs 80 quid (ish).