My dad had started building his custom 1936 Ford cabriolet back in 1957 but he never finished it. He worked on over the next 35 years but finally gave up on it in the early 1990s due to lack of money and getting older. My brother and I took the car out of storage in 2006 and finished it for him. I drove the car without a top or side windows for about five years after getting it back on the road. I decided to build a top for it after getting drenched in rain storms numerous times while driving the car. Dad’s plan was to always build a removable Carson style top for it but he never got around to it. I love the looks of a Carson top but their drawback is that you either leave home with it on and you are stuck with a top while the sun is shining or you leave home without it and get caught in the rain. Because of this reason I decided to build a folding top. But I also disliked the way the stock top folds down and sits up on the car and ruins the lines of the car. So my challenge was to build a folding top that has a good custom profile to fit the car and that is completely hidden when it is folded down. When it is down the top will be hidden in the well behind the seat. I did have an ace up my sleeve as my brother Ron is very mechanical and he was also foreman in a car upholstery shop for many years. His advice and help with building the top were priceless. So here is how we made it all work.