Hardtop

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  • #233720

    grandpajo
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    @grandpajo

    Anyone know where I can find a hardtop for a CMC/fiberfab kit? I have been looking for quite a while and am not having any luck. 

    #246713

    mglondonroadste
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    @mglondonroadste

    A hard top is sacrilege, isn’t it? 

    #246714

    bdriver
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    @bdriver

     

    I’ve seen removable hardtops for A’s and B’s, but not T’s.

    Was one made? It’s not in any of my books.

    #246715

    larry-murphy
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    @larry-murphy

     Look in oldfartfighter’s photo gallery to see pictures of a TDreplica with a hard top. I saw one on E-bay a few months ago that was more rounded in the back but did not have quarter windows.I also remember seeing a Classic Roadster Duchess brochere with yet another style but I have never seen an actual top in person.

    #246716

    texag71
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    @texag71

    I know they were a factory option on the Lafer, and almost made an offer on one for sale in Norman, Okla., awhile back. But it was white, and I finally decided it wouldn’t get all that much use down here. Maybe a boat shop could make one?

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #246717

    mglondonroadste
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    @mglondonroadste

    I fail to see the need for a hard top on a convertible.  I know the current retractable hard top on a Mazda Miata is popular, but a roadster is supposed to be a convertible, not a coupe.

    As the slogan on a poplular Honda S2000 tee shirt and window decal says, top down in any weather except a huricane (or maybe when it is 115F outside).

     

     

    #246718

    grandpajo
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    @grandpajo

    Certain times of the year it would be nice hear in the midwest.

    #246719

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Why not take measurements off the cloth top and build it out of red oak and 1/4-inch marine plywood & then glass & spray the outside? Fun fall project.

    Only problem is, then you’ll be looking for those fancy-pants “roll up” windows. I don’t know where it all ends. . . .

    #246720

    grandpajo
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    @grandpajo

    I am going to create  one out of an aluminum frame and fiberglass. Will take pictures if I ever get it finished. 

    #246721

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Good luck, Joe! Please take pics and post the build as you go, so we can admire your craftsmanship & give you guff.

    #246722

    bdriver
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    @bdriver

     

    A hardtop that looks like a convertible top would be the cat’s meow.

    #246723

    royal
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    @royal

    BDriver, I’ve been thinking of that.  What if you totally masked (wrapped) your car except for the top, and then laid saran wrap or something over the top and then fiberglassed over the top?  Could you then carefully peel the fiberglass off and then glass some stiffeners in from the bottom?  We need a good fiberglass guy (which I am not) to show us how to do it.  I’d be afraid that, unbeknownst to me, the resin eats saran wrap and I would ruin my otherwise beautiful auto. 

    #246724

    dan-r
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    @dan-r

     I have a thought,, kinda what you are thinking Roy fiber glass over A top masking it with shipping wrap it is thicker than than what you get at walmart and you can get fiber glass panels to keep it light ,or cloth and resin trying  on a piece of wrap first to see if it eats the wrap I don’t think it would good luck  BDriver and let us know   Dan

    #246725

    grandpajo
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    @grandpajo

    The fiberglass resin will eat up and kind of absorb the plastics, I even tried Visqueen, it is very heavy plastic used in construction. The resin is potent stuff. I think I will go with the fiberglass paneds and a square tube aluminum frame. That way I can put some sound proofing in the void. I also have a bunch of vinyl I bought at an auction, I got a deal 50 rolls for $10. Abouty 250 feet by 4 feet on each roll. I am thinking of putting that on the outside, like the 70’s cars had. May even put some 57 t-bird port holes on it. I can curve the edges by using different sizes of PVC. I think I am also going to make a fuel tank that sits dow in the wasted space in the very front. That way I may be able to get 1 suit case in the front.

    #246726

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    Classic Roadsters Duchess uses that approach for the fuel tank. It sits on the VW pan, passenger side. Allows for a full trunk, about 14 or 15 inches deep, essentially the length and width of the hood.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #246727

    jascochran
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    @jascochran

    My other sports car has a removable hardtop which is awesome in winter (only).

    Here are some here
    Some pics here (not on replicas)….
    #246728

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    James, the site you linked to is awesome!

    To everyone, check it out, even if you are not interested in hardtops.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #246729

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    When it’s 25 degrees out, what’s wrong with a parka and a full face helmet?

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #246730

    larry-murphy
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    @larry-murphy

     James, Good to have you back  !!  I enjoyed the hard top link. I did not know that they were fitted  to the car using the quarter window attachment  points. I  wonder  why they did not make them with quarter windows?  Sure would have helped the visibility.

    #246731

    jascochran
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    @jascochran

    Thanks Larry, good to be back…..and with a computer. Look at the home page on that link.

    Whata garage
    Having those windows really would help. I don’t know how accurate the replicas are in relation to the original tub of the TD. To the eye, they look the same. Don’t know about a hardtop fit between the two. Maybe Bill has the right idea, parka and helmet. 
    On my other ride, the removable hardtop is fabulous, and it has portholes on the sides that I don’t use for viewing. It is very nice in the winter, but that car has roll-up glass also. 
    #246732

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Hah! notice he’s got a couple Fords for reliability!

    #246733

    eddy
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    @eddy

    Have a look at this one! It’s here in Alberta ( or maybe BC now) I’ll have to go see it in person!

    It’s an original though, not a replica

    PMOSSBERG2013-08-09 14:03:45

    #246734

    royal
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    @royal

    Eddy.  To my eye, that is the perfect TD hardtop.  Beautiful, functional without destroying visibility, and removable .  

    Thanks.  
    #246735

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Really a nice car. I love the gray wires and the cycle fenders.

    #246736

    gkesseru
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    @gkesseru

    The whole car reminds me of the bobber phase motorcycles went through in the 50’s. Overall, a very nice effect.

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