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Fabricating an open fabric sunroof

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    February 2020
Fabricating an open fabric sunroof
Posted by LarryL on Monday, February 10, 2020 1:44 PM

I am building a 1962 VW beetle with a sunroof.  In order to make the interior details easier to view, I am considering trying to fabricate an open sunroof.  Any suggestions on how to do this?

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    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:17 PM

Hi; I did this years ago. I found some ribbon ( Tan) just a little wider than the roof hole.

     I folded it in the four folds my real car had, and Hot glued this together in the folded position. I then attached it to the rear of the opening, again with Hot glue. It worked at the time.

    There are numerous ways to achieve this.I know some folks would use foil as well.

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    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:02 AM

It's been a loooong time but, much like the suggestion above, I used masking tape. To get a texture similar to the canvas sunroof of a '63 Beetle, I doubled up some 2" masking tape on itself. Cut to size, rounded the corners and folded it over to get the rolls, attached to the rear of the opening.

As an added detail, two narrow strips of foil down the sides of the opening to replicate the tracks. I use thick cooking foil glued directly to the roof surface.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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