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Old 08-17-2011, 11:12 PM
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raise the roof

Has anyone thought of expanding the roof to give more room to the passengers in the back. I am putting 4 buckets in and the ones in the back will be very close to the ceiling. I remember the old land rovers that had the expanded roof line and put together this image. What do you think? Maybe and additional 8 inches.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56296809@N06/6054696999/
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:34 PM
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Cool!!!

Looks almost like a Pope Mobile!
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:36 PM
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Nice! That'd be really cool to see finished. Keep us posted.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:38 PM
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Very nice concept, look forward to see how this goes.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:04 AM
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Cut another wag body off just below the window line and weld it on to the top of yours. Lotsa head room and when not in use could double as a greenhouse. heck if it's just for the back area an XJ body would work too.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:25 AM
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Cool!!!

Looks almost like a Pope Mobile!


That is awesome! Love the idea!
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:28 AM
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I definitely dig that
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:13 AM
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I think it would be great to extend it the whole lenght of the roof line. You could put a shelf above the drivers head for storage and A/V equipment for the lucky passengers in the back!
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:38 AM
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Cool idea!

Reminds me of this:
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:37 AM
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Kinda like our old '67 Vista Cruiser. Only better!
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:29 AM
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Cool!!!

Looks almost like a Pope Mobile!



There was a company in The Nederland, that made a similar thing on the Cherokee XJ.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:37 AM
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Kinda like our old '67 Vista Cruiser. Only better!

With that car you can literally cruise the vista
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:31 AM
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With that car you can literally cruise the vista
My dad understood the value of displacement; I have a pic somewhere of the Vista Cruiser and his '71 Olds Toronado side by side in the driveway, both in Navy Blue, both hoods up and 455s tucked inside. I was too dumb to notice but we also had a '78 Wagoneer and I suspect it had a 401...
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:56 AM
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I like that idea. If you go for it keep us posted with pics.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:24 PM
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Now that I have support I might still do this. I mocked up few more on someone's GW. Let me know your thoughts all the way across the top or split level?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56296809@N06/6057353207/

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Old 08-18-2011, 07:45 PM
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I like the full roof but what little we have in the way of aero-dynamics would be totally shot.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:47 PM
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You think it would cut my current 10mpg to 9mpg?
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:53 PM
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It would be cool to graft in a section of a mid 60's Olds Vista Cruiser wagon roof, with the windows...

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Old 08-18-2011, 07:59 PM
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That's cool, but the function of mine would really need to be height. The vista is cosmetic, maybe 2-4inches. I need 8-10inches. I could still plaster windows along the front and side. Pretty cool. Money too, vista addition looks expensive. How much support do you think is needed if I chop off the top and mold addition? I don't then want to have to put in bars because I've made it unstable.

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:38 PM
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I could get behind something like that (not literally or financially of course -- I just want someone else to do it). I've spent a fair bit of time living in my Wagoneer, and more headroom would be a very good thing. Aesthetics aside, I see a few reasons to go with a full-length raised roof.

1) It gives you a longer uninterrupted flat roof for a rack or tent or whatever.
2) You'd get the opportunity to have less restricted "stoop over" space when going to the front seat area.
3) Why not?

Increasing frontal area will add drag, but it's probably more aerodynamically efficient to extend the plane of the windshield than to bump up farther aft where the air is trying to re-attach. I think it could be pretty darn cool to have a VW Westfalia type pop-up tent on the darned thing. Of course, what I'd really like is a 132" wheelbase J-20 based military ambulance with the big box in back.

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