Jeepagon Westfalia Conversion - The Beginning
This is the first writeup in a series of how-to posts detailing my conversion of my 2000 Jeep Cherokee into a pop-top camper.
I will be posting over the next few weeks the details and concepts behind my custom westfalia conversion, and sharing with you how I did it in hopes of seeing more exploring the concept on their own expedition vehicles.
To sum up this project in short, after pulling the trigger and buying a complete pop-top assembly for $500 off craigslist in San Diego, I began to chop it, reshape and design it, and adapt it to function atop my overland built Jeep XJ. This provides me full standing room from inside, comfortable at six feet tall, and added room for traveling and living out of my expo setup.
As far as I know, this concept of a pop-top on a cherokee body has only been done once before, by a Jeep Forum member by the name of "Arbslikewhoa". I have spoken with David, the offroader behind the account, and he began the concept of a westfalia conversion XJ back in 2009 on his personal jeep, and did his own Jeep Forum writeup here.
With only his thread to base my ideas off of, it took hours on the drawing board before completing measurements and eventually cutting, rebuilding, and shaping the top to fit. With photos below of the top in its original assembly from the Westfalia donor, you can see the before pictures of the factory conversion top. I have always had a great fascination with Volkswagen buses since my early childhood, specifically the camper ideology, and am excited to share this conversion with all of you as it is something truly unique to my expedition Jeep build. Follow along with my Blog, as I detail the steps that this ongoing project required!
If you have any comments, or questions on the build and concepts behind this conversion, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to address it!