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Projects Building a foldable, stowable Roadster top

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wstory, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    I'm very interested in the top, but am I missing the folding/stowable portion here?? I've made a non folding carson style top for my 32 coupster. you want to talk about a car with some legroom! I like the idea of folding as I too HATE driving an open car with a top on it. i have a top for my 28 roadster that's been on exactly once in 13 years. I do want more use out of my 32 though. new england makes this tough.
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  2. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,264

    from So Calif

    I think it's pretty well laid out in the first two pages of this thread.
    Ultimately I will show it removed, knocked down and stowed in the trunk.
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  3. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,264

    from So Calif

    Welll,'s workin!
    Started the day today totally buttoned up. It got brutality hot by noon. The full-on cover did the job and even with the back window in place it was much more comfortable than no top at all with the intense sun. Later in the day, I "zipped off" the solid canvas "storm cover" which yielded filtered sun and more breeze. IMG_9621.JPG IMG_9635.JPG
  4. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 5,134


    VERY KOOL ! Nice Work, well thought out and executed, WOW ! Admire your skills.
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  5. chev34ute
    Joined: Nov 13, 2011
    Posts: 943


    This is very impressive. It was only earlier this year I put up a post about making a removable foldable Carson style top for a Model A Roadster project I want sell off. I never imagined in such a short that someone would actually craft one up, especially as nice as this one.
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  6. 296moon
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 655

    from england

    Thank you so much for letting us all see your ideas and development of your top, you have helped me enormously in quest for a stowable top, cheers Moon......................
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  7. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,730


    Awesome top and thanks for sharing the info on the build
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  8. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,338

    from Wa.St.

    Very nice! Now one for a '36 Ford Roadster with pic's, material list etc..............................................
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  9. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,264

    from So Calif

    Takin the car apart for a trans transplant before Pleasanton. Figger'd as good a time as any to try to document the process of assemble/disassemble. A few little boogers to work out but overall, the plan was solid. Img_9651a.jpg Img_9655a.jpg Img_9664a.jpg Img_9670a.jpg Img_9672a.jpg Img_9676a.jpg Img_9688a.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2018
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  10. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,310


    Very Cool set up! Nice job!
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  11. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,408


    Awesome job!
    And a fantastic job of documenting what you did. Thank you

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  12. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 691


    Wow! You nailed the “LOOK” and the goals too!
    Very cool, and thank you for sharing your skills.
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  13. V.Stella
    Joined: Nov 14, 2010
    Posts: 16

    from CT.

    INOVATIVE! I'm looking for a good solution for side window panels
    non canvas or plexi???does anyone build a 32 roadster door which can receive a
    glass window?
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  14. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,787


    Very nice write up and well engineered top. Super Job!
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  15. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,264

    from So Calif

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    Currently on a thrash to change the transmission, replace rear main seal and rebuild the alternator bracket. As usual,...turned out to take longer than planned. So, what else is new!!!!!!!!.
    I'm taking the car to Good Guys Pleasanton in 10 days. I'll be parking with Canadian friends in the "You Gotta Drive'm" section. If anyone from this forum is there, stop by and say "Howdy", eh!
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  16. Wish I could be there but I've burned through my vacation time and my finances.:eek: I love the look of the top!
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  17. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,051


    Great job & craftsmanship , thanks for posting !
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  18. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,824

    Inked Monkey

    Hot damn! I love it
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  19. Looks great!
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  20. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,264

    from So Calif

    I am now about 4000 miles into this adventure. I am thrilled, couldn't be happier. Probably the best thing I have done to the car since I've owned it. Met all the parameters. And, as many guys had lectured,...I'm inclined to leave it on. But,.... let me qualify.
    With the top on, it's still almost like driving a Roadster. With the mesh, 'tho filtered, you get the full view almost like a Roadster. With the full opaque top, the view is as if from a coupe. The diff. is, the full Roadster view vs looking at the world through a "slot", a Coupe.
    The mesh sheds water pretty well too. Forgetting to cover it one night after too many beers, a heavy marine layer in Oregon left all of the cars dripping. About half of that water got through the mesh. But not as bad as a topless car, the
    interior was pretty wet. Nuthin new for me!
    That said, the mesh sheds water quite well at speed. Got caught in a heavy downpour later that day. A downside was, the visor affects an air flow that directs the water, usually wrapping over the top of the windshield, downward and blows it in my face through the gap at the cowl. Easy fix with a rubber gasket or,.....duct tape.
    I encourage all y'all whether topless, with folding or rigid tops, to consider this feature. Ya know, the sun's ain't giving up on tryin to kill you. It's almost like not
    giving-up that which we love about our open cars.
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    And, I think it looks pretty cool too!
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  21. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,005


    looks really good!
  22. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,130


    The top looks perfect Mr. Bill !
  23. ...and here's your grade for this exercise, A+
  24. PugetDude
    Joined: Jun 24, 2015
    Posts: 43


    Just wow.
    Beautifully conceived, well executed.
    Thanks for documenting and sharing the build with us.
  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,190

    Bandit Billy

    In my best Austin Powers voice...Thanks for the "coverage"?

    Seriously, great idea and well executed.
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 716


    Bill : Thanks great Job looks excellent.
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  27. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,832


    WOW---I have got to build this for mine..Great work. Do a booklet to sell..
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  28. Homemade44
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 527


    Here is a Chinese proverb for you.
    "The person that says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
    Your project turned out just perfect. It just shows that anything can be done if you put the time and effort into it.
    This is one of the best "How To" threads I have ever seen on anything. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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  29. sdluck
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,606


    All I can say is wow,what a great job.Thanks for the info.
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