Check to the above. I’m currently running 30% tints in the back as I prefer to see out of the car and find 50% too dark.will be very silent vehicle.
if you want a cool car , dark film on windows and textile blackout on the interior of windows .
you take away not only light but also UVA,UVB rays ,
You and me both.Looking good. Can't wait to see the final product. Also look forward to seeing pics of this thing out in the wild.
I think the color looks great! Not too dark, not too light.So here it is... roof on, roof up.
The colour looks different shades of grey in different lights. I’m still having to convince myself I’m happy with how dark it is, but not a lot I can do now.
The roof is incredibly difficult to pull down. So much so, I’m worried I’m going to snap the strap off, and the handles are bending considerably. I’m hoping it will get easier with time. I’m sure they’re standard struts, although I did ask for uprated, but never paid for them.
Anyway, on to the power and interior. I’ll share some floor plans this week for some feedback from those who’ve lived in these vehicles longer than I have.
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Hey. I had seen and recently reread your build thread.I think the colour suits the car very well. Makes it look a bit more modern than the actual design is
Regarding layouts - my wife and I have been living in ours for 11 months now and are very happy with the layout - check my build-thread for details:
In August, my wife and I will be leaving on a year long world trip. The trip will take us from Rotterdam to India, then we'll ship the car to Kenya and travel down the east coast to South Africa and finally ship the car back to Holland. We recently bought a 1996 HZJ75 for the trip. Technically...forum.ih8mud.com
Things I'd do differently:
Get a watertank fitted under the car instead of in the interior & free up the lower space in the 'high' cabinet
Possibly level the counter top with the high cabinet as you really only use the sink and stove when the roof is up. Advantage would be to gain another row of crates/storage, disadvantage would be that you don't have a table when you sit inside during cold nights to place a laptop, coffee cup etc.
I wouldn't bother making a 'downstairs' sleeping arrangement. We've never felt the need to use it and ditched the parts we were carrying around. We've slept with the roof up in some really dodgy areas (Indian train stations, Albanian alleys) and all sorts of weather (snow in Georgia, dessert storms in Iran, tropical heat in Zimbabwe)
Give the crates a 'top rail' to prevent them bouncing on the 'lower rail'
Make everything super dust proof. Maybe add lids tot the crates, close every hole you can find in the body and make sure your rear doors are properly aligned and the door rubbers new.
That's about it, but overall, i can really recommend our layout
I’ve been in the Middle East for 8 years. The difference between black and white really is negligible. A white roof gets equally as hot in the sun, plus by the time I’ve installed my solar panels, half the roof will be black anyway.Very nice color , and general look.
Despite being very nice , the black pop up roof , is not the best in hot areas .
I like also the rims , quite racing ....
Even with the option of sleeping upstairs I normally sleep down stairs and enjoy the headroom. If it gets crazy windy you just close the top.Hey. I had seen and recently reread your build thread.
I am looking at a water tank underneath, between the sub and rear bar. It should be around 50l, so enough for most trips of drinking water. I’ll also keep at lease one Jerry can on the back door (the OEM can is just for show, at the moment) and I’ve planned in space for one Scepter can inside. So that will take me to 90l full - underbody tank reserved just for drinking water, can in the back door for hand washing, emergency etc, and the internal can for cooking, washing, shower.
I will still do a downstairs bed for the time being. I will travel quite a bit solo, and sometimes I won’t want to put the roof up, so an option of a large single downstairs is quite appealing.
I’m still working on designs. It’s really confusing the hell out of me as it needs to fit so many different scenarios and trip styles. The majority of our travelling will be 3-4 days regionally, but then eventually 4-6 week trips.
That interior is a great source of inspiration. Is there a fridge built in to the left hand cabinets?
Drawer fridge on the passenger's side at the rear. Everything is lightweight with the troppys weight at 5900lbs as pictured. I fully understand as everything must be wife approved. I see storage as the biggest challenge for the interior. I will look forward to your interior build.That interior is a great source of inspiration. Is there a fridge built in to the left hand cabinets?
My biggest conundrum is where to put the SnoMaster 56l chest fridge I have. I must've redesigned the layout twice a day for the past two weeks. I just can't settle on something I feel happy (and more importantly, the wife would feel happy) with.
Ah, I see the fridge now.Drawer fridge on the passenger's side at the rear. Everything is lightweight with the troppys weight at 5900lbs as pictured. I fully understand as everything must be wife approved. I see storage as the biggest challenge for the interior. I will look forward to your interior build.