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Re: removing roof rails.

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My local body shop want 'about' 400 quid! Back to the drawing board I think. Vinyl is 190 but I think paint will look much better......
WOW! I paid £120.

To be honest, I don't know how he can do for so cheap
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I expect to go and have a look at a Webasto Hollandia 400 next week at South West Sunroofs, near Tiverton. I've told Nigel Thomas, who runs the outfit, that my concerns are the risk of weakening the structure of the car, and the size of the actual opening achieved in relation to the hole that's made in the roof - so we'll see how it goes.
Great. Good luck and look forward to hear what they say.....
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Re: removing roof rails.

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WOW! I paid £120.

To be honest, I don't know how he can do for so cheap
Wow indeed.... Not exactly what I said at the time haha.....anyway I'll get another quote and take it from there (or not). Shame cos I think it will look great and paint has got to be better than vinyl.....
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Yes, I really like the black roof. I think the orange car would look great with it.

I was looking at the 500L's in the showroom the other day. The make quite a few of them with contrasting white or black roofs. Looks good.
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As triumph said, just the top above the glass.

@4x4Panda I also need the wheels centre caps, which I'll have to wait until I find a part number.
I'm not doing the penquin sticker nor am I on the look out for a pumpkin interior. Too much money to go that far. I'll leave my pillar badges as they are too.

If you want some mirror caps, you'll have to buy some and get them painted.
They aren't available as an accessory. But in true blue peter style, here's some I made earlier.
I got 2 brand new pairs painted as the cost of 1 pair was not much cheaper than 2.

If you want them. £65 posted.

I'll be putting them in the for sale section at some point but if you want them, you can have them. I'll put some pics up later.
Hi deeyup - I would like them very much . Can i send you a PM with my address? I can send you a cheque or Paypal or whatever suits you.

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Yes, I really like the black roof. I think the orange car would look great with it.

I was looking at the 500L's in the showroom the other day. The make quite a few of them with contrasting white or black roofs. Looks good.
Am I correct in assuming that the headling can be dropped sufficiently to access the aerial by loosening the rubber seal, removing the 2 plastic side mouldings & removing the 2 clips at the rear centre of the headlining?
Is the aerial itself just one bolt?
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Am I correct in assuming that the headling can be dropped sufficiently to access the aerial by loosening the rubber seal, removing the 2 plastic side mouldings & removing the 2 clips at the rear centre of the headlining?
Is the aerial itself just one bolt?
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Can't say for sure as I didn't do it, but generally what you said. You may need to pull off the b pillar covers too. The antenna is just one nut.
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Re: removing roof rails.

Haven't made it to the Webasto fitter this week but we have spoekn. It seems there's an additional car strengthening kit for fitting to the Panda - answering one of the questions that arose earlier - at a cost for the bits of 200 quid + VAT - so a complete fabric roof would be about 1500 all together. Have to think about that but not ruled out.
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It's quite an outlay, but reckon it would be awesome. Don't think I could bring myself to part with the cash though.
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It's quite an outlay, but reckon it would be awesome. Don't think I could bring myself to part with the cash though.
I'm thinking about it....maybe spring.......
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Haven't made it to the Webasto fitter this week but we have spoekn. It seems there's an additional car strengthening kit for fitting to the Panda - answering one of the questions that arose earlier - at a cost for the bits of 200 quid + VAT - so a complete fabric roof would be about 1500 all together. Have to think about that but not ruled out.
Is it a webasto item? If so I'll ask the guy who has been quoting me about it. Thanks
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Is it a webasto item? If so I'll ask the guy who has been quoting me about it. Thanks
Yes - Webasto Hollandia 400 is the model.
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Yes - Webasto Hollandia 400 is the model.
Sorry, I meant the additional reinforced bit for the panda....
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Sorry, I meant the additional reinforced bit for the panda....
Right - yes, the man from Tiverton said it's specified by Webasto in their fitting instructions.
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Yesterday I visited Autotrim in Ivybridge, who are the other Webasto fitters around Devon. Busy little workshop and a sensible straightforward approach, and I was able to look at a Hollandia 400 roof not yet fitted to a vehicle - quite a lot of engineering involved. They've come back to me today with a definitive quotation, which includes supplying and fitting the additional stiffening bar that Webasto specify. Total comes to 1070 quid plus VAT - 1284.

Very tempting - we put the pattern for cutting the roof panel in place so I was able to gauge how much daylight you'd actually get in the car - it's a lot more than you can get with a single conventional glass panel - which is good and bad as it IS a bloody great hole in the roof of the car.

Now in agonising mode as I decide what to do/or not.
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