Error: Kris states in this video that the bead on the canvas goes all the way under the aluminum strip and is exposed on the opposite side. However, for this OEM version canvas, ONLY the BOTTOM bead does this and shows inside the Van. The TOP bead is "Trapped" inside the aluminum strip... past the screws but not all the way to the outside.. I also noted that the front aluminum strip was installed upside down.. The "U" shape of the aluminum should face UP to be able to trap the bead.. The bottom aluminum ALSO faces the "U" up but in that case, the bead is NOT trapped.. It shows on the inside and helps to seal out water.
In the new videos done 2014, this error was NOT repeated.. Also.. Each manufacturer of canvas tops for the VW may have different instructions for the top bead, but for the OEM canvas, if installed as Kris did here in 2009, the canvas is too tight and can damage zippers. I relaxed this install a few months later when I discovered the problem.
Kris does another install for me in DETAIL with the camera up close and personal.. Look for my video titled: "Pro - install of Westfalia Pop-Top-Canvas-Part #1 of 2 " that means there are 2 videos to cover this install aimed at helping the DIY Vanagon owner.
Kris Knight installs a new canvas on my 87 VW Syncro Westy in front of the Union Reunion audience.
The day before, he installed the new canvas on my white 90 Syncro in his shop in Boise, Idaho.
In both cases, the install took less than 2 hours 40 minutes.
For those that want to know, there are several shops that sell high quality canvas replacements. In this case, I decided to go with the canvas that had the same front window with removable screen as what came on my 1990 Van. I preferred this over the arched screen that came on the 87 Van, so I replaced the canvas on both vans with the same canvas.
Though there are other vendors with equally good canvas replacements, I chose the one listed from Bus Depot at: