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What do you do with the hard top when its not on top?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by jordanthompson, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    I refused to remove the hard top until I had somewhere safe to store it... So I made one. I love PVC pipe and either one of my kids will gladly tell you that I do crazy things with it.

    I started by putting hooks into the ceiling, making sure they went into the rafters, were square, and the overall dimensions were larger than the top. This was a real eye-opener for me. As you can see from the pics, I hang all kinds of stuff from my ceiling so I am very familiar with finding rafters. For some reason, the two rafters I chose were no where near the 24 inch centers that all of the others were at, so if you decide to do this, make sure you find the rafters (I used a stud finder, a tape measure, and a very thin drill bit) and put the hooks in before you do anything else:
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    Then, I measured the hooks and started cutting PVC. I tried to make the PVC fit as tightly as possible, so the frame would be held in place mostly by friction and gravity:
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    First I made sure that the top frame fit into the hooks I had made with only the four corners having connectors (note, I did not glue anything until I had cut all of the pieces cut, and connected and measure everything!) Then I cut out the sections where the cross members were going to go, carefully making sure that I wasn't changing the overall length of the original sides. As you can see, the section cut out is the outside diameter of the pipe:
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    Then I assembled (most) everything and tried it on for size:
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    Finally, I laid everything out and started gluing:
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    I made a cover for the top from an old soft blanket (folded, cut to size, then stitched up the two sides, leaving one side open) and a separate one for the headboard (or whatever it is called) so they won't touch and don't collect dust. I threw the screws and fittings into a zip-lock back into the cover with the headboard. Here is the final product ('scuze the garage - I am a pack-rat):
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  2. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I bought the Tesla hardtop storage bag and then hung it on the wall (it has loops for that, exactly the width commonly found between studs).
     
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  4. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    I saw those at teslamotors.com, but they take up a lot of wall space. I also like the idea of getting things like this out of the way where nothing can bump into them - hence my solution.
     
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    Nice work, Jordan.

    Did you consider a retractable system?

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  6. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    The top is so light, its not a problem to get it over your head by yourself. Of course if you are vertically challenged, you will need a ladder :)
     
  7. Doug_G

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    I just did the simple thing:

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  8. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    But it takes up Soooo much wall space and seems way to vulnerable to bumping (or backing) into it.
    I see your ladder is hanging on the wall too. I have my ladders (all three of them!) hanging from the ceiling along with three bikes, a bike carrier, a two person kayak, and a tesla hard top!
    It opens up the walls for a lot of shelf storage, sink, refrigerator, counter, and workbench.
     
  9. Doug_G

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    Oh, I bump into it all the time on the way to getting into my other car, but it's soft and neither it nor I mind.

    The opposite wall is covered in pegboard for holding tools etc. I haven't resorted to hanging anything from the ceiling yet. Nice solution with the PVC, though.
     

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