July 12, 2013My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – A Tutorial: Sewing Your Own And Replacing Your Pop Top Tent (Part 2)
So, last Wednesday I covered the removal of the old pop top tent, and sewing of the new one. In this post, I am going to cover the install.
First off – my helpful tip. Make sure when you are getting ready to attach your tent, put it behind the support arms before you start. This will make your life a lot easier. The support arms of which I speak:
Now, in regards to the brittle trim. Because we were on a bit of a time constraint, we needed to find something suitable from the hardware store. We decided upon this vinyl trim, that’s usually glued on to walls instead of baseboards.
This stuff is about 4″ wide, however Darren fed it through the table saw to cut it, with good, straight results. Here it is in comparison to the old trim.
Time to start attaching the tent! I found it far easier to first tack the tent directly to the pop-top with a few staples, and then attach the new trim with the million staple method. Here’s the new trim!
After that, time to attach it to the bottom. This is where the extra 4″ comes in handy. Simply pull the tent to the desired taught ness, and then poke a hole with an awl, and screw the trim in over the top of the fabric. It will look like this:
After you’ve attached all of the trim, take a nice, sharp exacto knife, and while pulling on the fabric slightly, go around and trim off the excess. The raw edge will be hidden under your metal trim.
Your tent’s now installed! One additional thing I did – because the canvas I used was just regular canvas, and not tent canvas, I used this Thompsons’s Fabric Seal to waterproof it. If it’s really pouring, we’re probably going to put the top down anyway, but this should help in lighter rain.
And now, here’s my finished tent! I am so excited with how this turned out, it’s really going to look fantastic with the red and white paint job we have planned!
Stay tuned for the reveal of how my interior turned out! Any questions, let me know in the comments below.