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
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.