Best Westie poptop canvas ?

Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by Milky, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. I am nearing the point of buying myself a new bright jaffa canvas (as original)for my rear hinged 1974 Westie. It'is one of those purchases and jobs that I would like to do once and once only so can anyone suggest the best supplier for a really good quality item.I would hate to pay good money for a poorly made item with cheap quality zips and material that lasts a weekend. German made always makes sense to me if possible .Thanks for any replies.
     
  2. davidoft

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    Ah Schofields sell very very nice ones, fitted a few, lots of money but well worth it
     
  3. Haven't got it yet so I can't recommend it:rolleyes: but our next one will come from Gunzl.
    https://www.vwbusshop.de/epages/Gue...Shops/GuenzlClassicParts/Products/231070705DR
    It's a bit of an odd thing to do, buying without direct recommendation, but I did sooooo much research, even speaking to them directly.
    We've currently got the synthetic 'outdura' or some such from Go-Westy and it's been pretty good, if a little tight around the h frame.
    Definitely going natural cotton next time as it will breath better than the synthetic.
    If anyone has first hand experience why this particular won't be suitable I'd appreciate a comment, as I'm sure so would @Milky :thumbsup:
     
  4. Who makes them Hoff? Any idea?
     
  5. Thanks for that! they sadly only have the yellow ones.I am after one that is the same bright jaffa colour as a 1970s space hopper.
     
  6. davidoft

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    No :D
     
  7. davidoft

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    Yup had them from Schofields
     
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  8. Do you have pictures please:D
     
  9. davidoft

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    Non suitable for family viewing:eek:
     
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  10. We got ours through NLAVW - I liked the look best, ours is a rear hinger and had a better looking (IMO) curve to the top of the front window. Also had a sale on them at the time (through their ebay site I think). Was a little larger than the old one so took a bit of creative folding to fit it neatly but happy with the job and it's a tough bit of kit (thicker material also than the JK one it replaced, although that one was on the van when we bought it so not sure how old it was).
     
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  11. Also got ours from NLAVW at Dubfreeze so got a discount on it, very pleased with it.
     
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  12. Cotton goes mouldy and rots quicker than terylene/dacron. Thats one of many reasons boat sails arent made from cotton any more except for classics...
     
  13. So what were the original canvases made from Mike?
    Some are still in use over 40 years on. I was always under the impression it breathes better than the synthetics which is obviously a factor assisting in reducing condensation.
     
  14. davidoft

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    I’m pretty certain the originals are cotton, must be treated with something, the tight weave is what’s supposed to make it waterproof
     
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  15. That's what I thought. Gunzl ones are treated and they had agreed to custom make a grey one for Chip. As I said the Go-Westy synthetic one was good but we get a load of condensation on the flock due to it not breathing very well.
     
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  17. Although I linked to the single, we will get the three. So much more versatile and no different really to install, just a bit trickier to ensure its all level. Quite often we vent on the side that isn't being rained on, and at night if its hot the three windows are most welcome:thumbsup:
     
  18. I am tight, I bought the cheapo from NLA for £140 I think, does what it says on the tin, fitted by my amateur self, will try and find a pic
     
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  20. The cotton/canvas ones need treating with a proofer such as Fabsil. When we first got ours it leaked like a sieve on our first trip away, I treated it and re-do it every spring and not had a problem since.:thumbsup:
     

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