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1.) Dormobile Top Arrives from UK.
Thanks to Mark and Diesel Bob who picked it up from the Freight Terminal and Delivered it to the concrete pad outside the workshop.
 

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You just got the bare fiberglass top ??? Do you have a metal Dormie roof to go with it?

I don't know about a 110 Dormobile roof but the 109 roof has a flange around the roof cutout and stiffening struts on each side of the cutout.

I hope you have the Dormie metal roof to go with it.
All the parts are included for a complete installation.

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Cool!

I will probably have enough spares to make a second complete roof minus a few things if you are in need. I bought the one brewie had that is broken for the metal 110 roof precut, but will have the 109 roof. Would sell cheap in exchange for help with the conversion swap.
I guess we could see about a mold on the one I have to provide a complete unit.
 

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Double sliders for an early look on a 2 door 110.

We are first going to install the Dormobile top on our Iveco powered 110 2 door while building the 5 door on a galvanized frame.
Then eventually transfer the top and all the gear over to the 5 door 110 after it is first prototyped on the 2 door.
For the 2 door, each of the custom roof side panels will be made out of 2 early panels pieced together to fit 2 sliding windows into each panel.
One panel is ready for the bodywork and painting.
 

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We need to work out some sort of removable window screens to keep out the bugs.
Open to suggestions...
 

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
 

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Question: How easy/difficult was it to get Dormobile parts from the UK?

I'm eyeballing that day-bed thingie pretty good for my 109. Would be the perfect compromise between camping inside my 109 but keeping it utilitarian.
It was very easy, but expensive.
Dormobile LTD UK will crate and pack whatever you buy, then you make arrangements with a freight forwarder.
It was painless.
 

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Yesterday installed interior lights in the 110.
I despise that 3 position switch that also controls the dash lights.
The interior is now well lit.
Used 3 wire cable.

The cable has red, black, and white.
I ran a fused (+) to all the lights.
The 2 switches have black (-) on one side and white (-) on the other.
The white runs to the (-) on all three interior lights.
If you flip the switch on the side of the front light all the lights turn on and off.
Just inside the rear door there is another switch that also turns all the lights on and off.

The rear lights are LED and the position is adjustable up and down..
Since the 110 was a British Red Cross Ambulance, there were holes cut in the standard hardtop to accommodate the flashing lights.
We installed big LED backup lights to fill the flashing light holes and made the adjustable interior light brackets that mount on the inside of the backup light mounting bolts.
The Big LED backup lights come on when you shift in reverse and illuminate very well.


Since this is all prototype work for the 5 door Dormobile, we didn't use any inside cable wrap, just ran the cable.
The finished product will be very neat in appearance.
 

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Making progress on the double sliding window roof sides that will be finished this month.
 

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What is the purpose of the boxes that the interior rear lights are mounted to?
They mount to the backup light mounting bolts from the inside and swivel up and down so the light angle can be adjusted.
 

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The roof rack, rear locker, and counter top layout are all conceptually planned out.

We have the following equipment for the inside:
AIMS 3000W inverter charger with LED display panel
True Induction 1800 Watt TI-2B Double Burner Counter-Inset Cooktop (boiled water in 4 minutes when tested)
700W Microwave
Elkay BPSFR1215 Gourmet Pacemaker Stainless Steel Sink
360° Rotating Folding Faucet
Webasto Thermal top
Webasto Air top
5 - 12V Computer cooling fans for air circulation inside the cabinet.

Have completed a preliminary layout of the counter top, but still need to design the cabinetry.

The under seat water tank is still at the fabrication shop, but should be out early next week.

Now to clear the space in the shop to install the folding roof, then do drawings of the inter cabinets, and purchase the 250AH battery.
The battery will run the inverter with full load for an hour and can handle the microwave and cooktop being on at the same time.

We have the 145 Amp solar panel (12 Amps @ 12V).
This should charge the battery in about 45 minutes on a sunny day.
 

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Aluminum under seat water tank is all tacked together.
Note the pattern used was a NOS station wagon under seat fuel tank.
Dropping it off to get it welded Monday.
A Webasto Thermal Top will heat the 10.5 gallons to 117 Deg F in less than 10 minutes.
Note the bungs for the thermal switch, 2 sinks, shower, for re-circulation, and the top vent fitting.
There will be a T in the suction side of the re-circulation so the tank can be filled from a jerry can, so you don't have to lift the seat base and lid.
 

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I was going to ask about water and plumbing. I assume no black water tank, but will you have a gray water tank? Shower outside, how about toilet? I watched a very informative review of composting toilets on YouTube that caused me to say...well, Black water tank it is along with the “stinky slinky” and all that goes with it.
No black water on-board.
The inside sink will drain into a tank that has a ball valve so you can empty it into a jerry can or water the lawn when you get home.

The outside sink that folds down from inside the spare tire will drain directly into a jerry can.

The outside shower will run off onto the ground.
 

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Yes.
They do good work.
 

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Finally had some time and money to make some progress.
The Chevy 250 inline 6 is installed with R380 Stumpy and 1.2 LT230.
This fall installed the AC.
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Wanted modern windows, so decided not to use the early style double sliding windows.
Ordered, and received the tinted glass windows with screens made in USA by Motion Windows in WA.
A retired friend installed them who worked for the local glass company for 35 years doing mostly window installations.
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I settled on 6 of the S Power AGM Batteries D5100 charged by the RedArc BCDC1250D and solar panels.
Cheaper and recover quickly.
 

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Finally had a little time to work on the new Land Rover roof kit
. The opening in the 110 roof is finally cut-out and sprayed with primer. After a final top coat, we'll install the frame that goes around the opening and fit the top. Then we'll go through the pain of trimming the edges on the fiberglass shell so the top fits the contour of the 110 roof.
 

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As part of the late 1990s Dormobile manufacturing revival, there were a limited number of factory offered folding dormatic 110 seats.
These had "techno-cloth" upholstery in blue with silly shaped symbols of circles, rectangles, and lines in an ugly mid-blue color. I was fortunate enough to purchase a set of these rare seats in UK that will be shipped over later this summer. These seats will be recovered and fitted to our LHD 110 5 door wagon along with the lifting dormobile roof.
So the 110 Dormobile camper will be built out with a V8 with AC and automatic transmission and offered for sale in the spring of 2022.

Meanwhile our 2 door 110 camper that was originally going to have the Dormobile top will be fitted with the Travco Spacemaker wedge shaped top and custom interior build out using all aluminum interior panels for the counter top.
Rigid-off-road in Australia is making the custom spindle assemblies for the rear carrier to hold the spare, several 12V fridges, and 4 jerry cans. The spindle has proper bearings to support the weight and will NOT attach to the rear door in any way. Am completely finished installing a rear carrier that pivots with the rear door, something I will never do again.
In the future all our wheel carriers will move independently of the rear door.

Instead of installing a sink, we will all a 3/8" marine edge to the interior counter-top and use the Boss, Mr Heater XW-18 portable hot water heater that can be moved for outside cooking and washing and has a portable shower attachment. Instead of a sink, will us a plastic basin. The unit has a built in battery and the Flame King refillable 1 Lb propane tanks will be used. 4 of the 6 auxiliary batteries will be stored under the aluminum counter-top and cabinet along with a 3,000 watt inverter complete with twin 12V cooling fans to remove the heat. We'll use the canvas top galvanized staples placed at the back of the counter-top and under the front edge for webbing strips that will secure all the counter-top accoutrements like the air fryer, induction cook-top, XW-18, and so on. A portion of the aluminum cabinet will have a pull-out storage drawer that will house all the cooking utensils. A bench seat will be opposite the counter top & cabinet that folds out into a full bed. All the bedding can be stowed inside the pop-top. We have a custom built center console complete with both heat and AC that will blow back into the rear. Will post up pictures as the build progresses this winter.
 
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Update on the top. Finally had it painted. Came out really nice.
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Click on the thumbnails to see the pictures.
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Fitting the top and will start the process of trimming the edges of the top.
The instructions say to trim the top and then bolt it on.
Who follows instructions anyway.
Am going to fit the hinges and then trim the top so you can mark it, lift it up and trim it and then lay it on the roof until you get the contour correct,
Once material is cut away, it's gone...
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Pictures show a trial fit onto a spare flat roof we have. Click to enlarge.
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