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Old 10-03-2016, 12:04 PM   #26
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Re: vintage camper shells

Does not matter what state the topper is located in - I have a buddy who will go after it wherever its at - he's coming in with my 66 Chevy Custom Camper tomorrow all the way from Oregon to here in Alabama so seriously, I don't care where its at
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Old 10-05-2016, 04:50 PM   #27
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Re: vintage camper shells

I think they're kool!.......... even sideways. it seems that all my photos are coming out sideways now, is it me????
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:16 PM   #28
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Is that a Sportsliner? I got one of those a few years back. They made em in San Jose
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:41 PM   #29
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Re: vintage camper shells

I would LOVE a vintage topper for a long-bed step-side.

If anyone knows of one in Alabama, N or S Carolina, Georgia, or anywhere along I-75 up to Detroit, let me know!
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:02 PM   #30
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You and everyone else Brad! I've found long fleet, short fleet and even short step campers. I do know they made them back then but don't think they were really popular for the long steps. I've resorted to narrowing my Sportsliner enough to fit the truck. Still have an eye out for an original one but man they are tough to find. I saw one a few years back on a short step F*** that was pretty restored, super clean and 1500$ . I almost choked on the coffee I was drinking. Sad thing is, someone bought it pretty quick. Crazy.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:03 PM   #31
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When I got mine
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:57 AM   #32
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Is that a Sportsliner? I got one of those a few years back. They made em in San Jose
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:04 AM   #33
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Here's a Gem top....


More sideway pic's.....
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:00 PM   #34
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You and everyone else Brad! I've found long fleet, short fleet and even short step campers. I do know they made them back then but don't think they were really popular for the long steps. I've resorted to narrowing my Sportsliner enough to fit the truck. Still have an eye out for an original one but man they are tough to find. I saw one a few years back on a short step F*** that was pretty restored, super clean and 1500$ . I almost choked on the coffee I was drinking. Sad thing is, someone bought it pretty quick. Crazy.
There's a fairly original, unrestored '66 short-step around here that has an original topper--It's exactly like the one in Post 22 of this thread. it's got a slightly rounded top on it, with the side panels that have the diamond pattern pressed into the aluminum. I was able to look at it for a few minutes, and it seems like if I found a donor for the back lift gate, and possibly side windows, it would be pretty easy to make. Looked like the front and back were simple plywood with an aluminum skin, and it had 1x1/2 slats running fore/aft forming the rounded top, and the aluminum skin fastened to the slats. It had simple open sides covered with the aluminum skin, with a couple piece of wood running fore/aft to provide some structure and a place to attach the side windows. Then there was a fore/aft piece on the bottom to tie the bottom of the plywood pieces together and give it some structure to secure to the bed rails.

I think the most difficult pieces to fabricate would be the trim piece that goes along the perimeter at the front and back--a 90-degree bent piece that starts at the bottom on one side, goes up and over and down the other side, trimming the joint where the ends and the sides meet. The hard part would be putting the 90 in the curved piece over the top, but a shrinker/stretcher tool from Eastwood would work.

If I'm going to do all that, though, I think I'd rather just build a tube "hoop" frame for each stake pocket, take it to an upholstery shop and have them make a canvas tent to go over the tubes, with a zipper door in the back. That way I can keep the back of the truck open all the time, until I go camping. The canvas will fold and sit on a shelf, with the tube frames next to it.

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Old 03-13-2017, 03:31 PM   #35
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just wondering at how often do these pop up on the market .... ?
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:43 PM   #36
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just wondering at how often do these pop up on the market .... ?
Call Jesse in Michigan - 313-516-2367. He finds em all the time - I bought a super low mileage beautiful "Highway Cruisers" camper shell from him a while back - super guy and he finds some of the coolest old camper shells you will ever see
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:59 PM   #37
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I have a 1972 Winnebago insulated cap somebody can have, it needs some work but is pretty cool.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:05 PM   #38
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Picked this up a couple months ago.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:05 PM   #39
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Here a tall one on a 69 i just picked up
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Don't know how we missed getting this one into this thread before. Super sweet.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:09 PM   #41
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another slipped by...
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Thanks for bumping this thread back up.
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Don't know how we missed getting this one into this thread before. Super sweet.
We talked about this truck didn't we? Wasn't it on ebay?
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We talked about this truck didn't we? Wasn't it on ebay?
Yes, for sure. Indeed, it was on ebay sometime ago. I only recently noticed while combing through this "vintage camper shell" thread that this very cool windowless model had not been posted here. I love it! fits that truck perfectly!
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