Simon’s hightop – installed and off on a trip

Weekend before last, the hightop was installed on Simon’s ’91 syncro westy. Late night and quickly thrown together video of install.

And then this last weekend he took it on a trip.

Inside is insulated and carpeted, but side cupboards and little details still need to be installed.


Big difference from the start.


  1. #1 by Simon on May 21, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Big difference – I’ll say! Hard to beliebve that tired-lokking POS in the last pic is the same top eh? Looking back I’m surprised I was as optimistic as I was – must say it’s turned out pretty damn well.

    Thanks ab for all your help. Oh and documentary production, camera, direction, costume design etc with the movie 🙂

  2. #2 by Travis on May 22, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Nice work! Looks like a great top. What kind is it? Did the van start as a Westfalia poptop? Is the upper bed still usable? Thanks for the info.

    • #3 by albell on May 22, 2012 - 10:36 am

      It is a “Get-Away-Van” hightop, made over on the lower mainland (New Westminster?). The company is still making hightops for domestic vans, but it seems the vanagon top molds are lost. The van was a westy, ’91 syncro. Upper bunk room was not a priority but still can be used for one person (bed extension still not finalized, the fold out system used in westies won’t work on hightop).



  3. #4 by Jose Ramon Puig Herraiz on August 8, 2012 - 12:48 am

    Nice work! I changed my Carthago hightop for another one (a Weisnberg) and I had a lot of problems… But finally I could put it on the Syncro!

    • #5 by albell on August 8, 2012 - 5:49 am

      Jose how about a picture? I’d love to see it.



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