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What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« on: May 16, 2020, 12:08:13 PM »
We will probably get a new canopy and side curtains custom made in the near future. The current canopy never had side curtains.
What features should we incorporate?
Some pics would help :)
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 05:49:33 PM »
Hi,

have the door panels removable so you can remove them and stow them in the back or leave them at home on nice days.

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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 06:06:54 PM »
Thanks Terry.
I had thought it may be sufficient to roll them up to the top and secure them. You think total removable is better?
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 06:16:00 PM »
Hi,

if they are made as a panel that clips to the side screen at the front and zips onto the rear door panel but also has a zip at the front just back from the side screen then you have the option to roll it up or totally remove the panel. Across the top either connect it to the roof with a zip or clips.

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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 07:13:38 PM »
I think I got it.  ::)
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 04:06:28 PM »
Pete, I'm really happy with my roof setup, though some small improvements if I was to replace, and my doors all zip off independently.
Improvements:
1/ Rear doors had velcro straps to attach to hood rail uprights so they dont flap when front doors are removed.
2/ Front doors had velcro tags so they can be partially opened.
3/ Front door windows go as high as possible to the top of door, but only need to start from about 300-400mm from bottom.
4/ Best quality zippers you can find. 
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 04:59:49 PM »
PnM,

and looking at your Moke it would have had the rounded zip on the front door which some like and some don't.

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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 07:28:11 PM »
PnM,
and looking at your Moke it would have had the rounded zip on the front door which some like and some don't.
Terry
The top that is on it never ever had side curtains Terry.
Thanks for those comments Pete.
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2020, 07:49:21 PM »
The top that is on it never ever had side curtains Terry.
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Peter

I wasn't looking at your top but at your fuel cap. The curved zips came in with the 1980-82 gal Moke, before that they were right angle zips.

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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2020, 10:18:27 PM »
if using zips try and keep radius of corners as large as possible, saves it from jamming up half way around, to big a radius looks a bit odd with the squareness of a moke though.
we have straps on roof panel that hold up the rolled up doors which is handy if heading into poor weather, just roll them down while driving along.
our rear window has zips up the side and straps on roof so we can drive with back window rolled up. just remember to lower it when driving through deep water or your camera gear will get ruined (don't ask how I know)

If you are tall make sure door window tops aren't to low as you'll have to squat down to see out.

We have a strip which clips to back of sidescreens and doors zip to that strip, seems to work ok, make the strip narrow for better visibility

Ours is the blue one in photo below, Alan & Mazy in red moke behind roll their doors to the rear.
the guy who made ours 20+ years ago also advised not putting a lift the dot in the middle at the bottom of front door, that's where you hit it with your knee when you're getting in  :'(


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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2020, 11:09:57 PM »
Great info guys, thanks.
Son saw one that had the clear side curtain inserts that went much lower (larger) to give a much more "open" car feel.
Any comment?
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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2020, 09:32:14 AM »
Hi,

if you are tall and have the curved zip on the front corner you will find it blocks out the view which is annoying as you have to keep looking around it when you come to roundabouts etc, so go for the right angle zips if you are 180cm or taller.

And with having the panel clip on the side screen and a zip across the top, opening from the front, allows you to undo the top couple of clips and slide the zip back and give yourself a 'triangle' to let the air come in. Particularly useful on cool or wet days when you need the doors on but you get claustrophobic being sealed in.

And the full side clear curtains  can make things pretty warm if they are on most of the time and makes the contents of your Moke pretty obvious and easy to see.

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Re: What design features for canopy and side curtains?
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2020, 11:10:33 AM »
I have lift the dot in centre of front door and have never kneed it in 20+years.
I have curved zips on front doors and yes visibility isnt great, hence my comment windows as high as possible.
Not a fan of real big windows on doors as Terry said no shade or privacy but I reckon they look cheap. IMO


Probably best shot of my hood. If the windows were 50mm higher they would be about right.


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