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      12-14-2012 12:12 AM #1
      What I'm working with here is my mk3 cabrio, I've replaced the top once and have no leak issues but I want to take it a step further. I've seen the modular mk1 top and a few other failed attempts at hardtop but I think I've figured out the best and cheapest way to go about the removable hardtop.

      Bought an old frame with torn top and glass from a friend. I started stripping it down to bare frame.





      This joint will be welded solid



      Another joint I will make permanent so I can get the form correct



      All the moisture guard, headliner and various cables needed for up and down movement have been removed





      Bare frame



      Next I will put a light weight mesh over the frame and start laying some fiberglass down and removing some of the excess weight that is in all of the hinges that won't be needed and the the old heavy thick mounting brackets.

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      12-14-2012 12:20 AM #2
      for something different.

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      12-14-2012 12:40 AM #3
      Good ****!! im watching

    4. 12-14-2012 12:41 AM #4
      interesting

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      12-14-2012 01:02 AM #5
      So basically this is a thread about you stripping a junk cabrio top. I doubt this will go much further than this.. prove me wrong
      autocrats...

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      12-14-2012 03:10 AM #7
      at this point yes it is just a stripped frame but it will be taking some real shape in the next few days. i've found the mesh i will use as a "rebar" so to speak for the fiberglass and foam i will use for rigidity and shape. first things first though, i need to get a shell made up so i can figure out exactly where it will set on the car. I'm also trying to keep the original soft top so this could be an add on or a very good solution for winters, when most soft tops can get damaged from cold and snow. Should seal in heat and air conditioning a bit better than most soft tops since its not exactly a sealed cabin with the soft top.

      Front mounting points will be the stock ones with same oem clamp mounts to front of top. Another notion came to me when setting this on my car. it could be a roof rack also with appropriate bars mounted (but thats another topic).

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      12-14-2012 08:51 AM #8
      Nice project! Following this.

    9. 12-14-2012 10:08 AM #9
      Can't wait to see the finished product.....

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      12-14-2012 10:41 AM #10
      Stick with it man ive been thinking of this same thing for a while. I think a hard top cabrio would look awesome i'll for sure been keeping up with your progress. Good luck!
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      01-20-2013 07:55 PM #12
      update?
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      01-20-2013 08:00 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by jeuro View Post
      update?
      yea, this looks promising!

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      01-20-2013 08:47 PM #14
      Best idea yet , watching this for sure !

      Is it going to be quick release and when the top is off will you have some cover to cover the area where the mechanical parts were hidden ?
      ****

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      01-20-2013 08:59 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by that_guy_bry View Post
      Best idea yet , watching this for sure !

      Is it going to be quick release and when the top is off will you have some cover to cover the area where the mechanical parts were hidden ?
      there will be no mechanical parts. the stock cover will cover all holes and areas that were there. i'm working on the skin currently, i should have a rough top together by end of the month

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      01-20-2013 11:03 PM #16
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      01-20-2013 11:11 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Pineapplegti ! View Post
      So basically this is a thread about you stripping a junk cabrio top. I doubt this will go much further than this.. prove me wrong
      exactly ....i always see an awesome build that starts off then just disappears to nothing
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      01-20-2013 11:21 PM #18
      cool idea,
      won't happen.

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      01-21-2013 09:20 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Svën Höek View Post
      cool idea,
      won't happen.
      It'll happen, it's happening. Just been a little cold this month and I haven't had a lot of time

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      01-21-2013 09:23 AM #20
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      01-21-2013 10:17 AM #21
      im interested to see how this turns out

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      01-21-2013 11:59 AM #22
      Give the guy a break he's in Ohio, im sure its freaking cold there right now. OP.... ignore the bull for doing something different.
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      01-21-2013 12:48 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Pineapplegti ! View Post
      So basically this is a thread about you stripping a junk cabrio top. I doubt this will go much further than this.. prove me wrong


      i know what you mean about the cold, **** sucks. do work son, do work

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      01-21-2013 01:55 PM #25
      I hope this turns out good.
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      01-21-2013 03:01 PM #26
      Over a month later and OP still doesn't have **** to show. Im gonna be very surprised if this project ever makes it farther than this.
      RWD is the only way.

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      01-21-2013 03:36 PM #27
      unless this guy has some crazy skills i'm guessing it wont have a rear window.
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      01-21-2013 06:02 PM #28
      this should be pretty cool!

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      01-21-2013 08:08 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by patentpending View Post
      Over a month later and OP still doesn't have **** to show. Im gonna be very surprised if this project ever makes it farther than this.
      Yeah cause in a months time in between full time job, family, kids i can just throw together something that hasn't been done.

      Quote Originally Posted by Toffeerado View Post
      unless this guy has some crazy skills i'm guessing it wont have a rear window.
      it will have a full size rear window with defroster

      you guys just can't wait to see some pics huh?

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      01-21-2013 08:48 PM #31
      Its funny how people rarely have anything nice to say..Good luck to you man. Cant wait to see this thing

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      01-21-2013 09:21 PM #32
      You guys think it should be color matched or just black?

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      01-21-2013 10:10 PM #33


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      01-21-2013 10:22 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Moshua View Post
      You guys think it should be color matched or just black?

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      Color matched would be on point!

      If you did it black it just would look like every other soft top.
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      01-21-2013 11:26 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Moshua View Post
      You guys think it should be color matched or just black?

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      What color is the cabrio?

      If red, I vote black.
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