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Old 04-15-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Best Storage Cart

I need to find a way to store my hardtop since it is currently in the middle of my garage and my wife in not happy about it. I tried to make a hoist over the weekend but it will not work with the way my garage is designed.

I've come across several carts that are sold on the internet. Does anyone here use these? How well do they work? Also, does it assist in removing and putting the hardtop back on?

And no, I don't want to make one......cutting the grass is about as handy as I get....

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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Check out this thread. Has a lot of info and instructions on how to build one.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Check out this thread. Has a lot of info and instructions on how to build one.
Is the cart hard to build? Seriously, I'm not very handy...
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I haven't built it yet, but most guys seem to think its fairly easy.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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Links are dead on that thread. Any plans floating around. I would like to build my own also.
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Links are dead on that thread. Any plans floating around. I would like to build my own also.
Post 72 and 77 in that thread have good links. I just downloaded the PDF from there a couple days ago to prepare to make my cart.
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Ive always been wary of carts like this that store the top up on end. Where exactly does the top make contact with the cart pads?
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
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Post 72 and 77 in that thread have good links. I just downloaded the PDF from there a couple days ago to prepare to make my cart.
Thanks!!! Actually, that looks so easy I might actually be able to do it.....
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It is very easy to build. I followed the plans found here.

DIY Hardtop Cart

I made one adjustment, I only used two blocks instead of the three called for. The top stands straight up and down and is surprisingly stable.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #10
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I didn't follow any plans, i just kinda eyeballed it lol. This is what i came up with.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:19 PM   #11
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My wife purchased me the HOSS storage cart with cover for Father's Day last year off Amazon. Put it together in about 15 minutes. Best Father's Day gift ever! Hard top takes up much less space and wheels easily if you need to move it ou of the way. Plus the cart doubles as a grab handle when putting on or taking off the top. I like mine a lot.
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i have a spot in the corner between the sidewall of my house and back wall of my garage, it is 30" wide between the back of my garage and the Bilco doors.. I believe the top is 27" top to bottom, or 27 "wide" when standing on its back...
Do you think i can build a cart to slide the top in there. It's totally dead space, i usually keep extra trash cans there but i think it would be ideal to store my top for 3-4 months. Like i said, in a corner, protected from wind.
Just wondering if you guys with DIY carts see any oportunity to stream line a bit.
I can't really do the Hoist thing... i have a single garage with a wood framed storage loft in the rear half and the front half is the door tracks and opener
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
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I built mine today based on these plans. Easy, quick, and effective. Awesome DIY project. Thank you.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:20 AM   #15
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Well I am extremely cheap so I used 4 ratchet straps and four eye bolts. Only problem is if I raise it more than a few inches I have no control when I lower it. But it works and only cost me $35.00!
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You can easily build one of these:



And most of the info is here:
DIY Hardtop Cart (Yes, YOU CAN build it!)

Here's the rest of the info you'll need:

This design takes 2 pieces of 2" x 4" x 8' and 1 piece of 1" x 3" x 59"

Here's the "cut list"...
1 piece @ 59" long + 1 piece 30" long + 1 piece 6" long = one 2' x 4' x 8'
1 piece @ 59" long + 1 piece 30" long + 1 piece 6" long = one 2' x 4' x 8'
1 piece @ 59" long of 1" x 3"

Note: I used a third 30" piece in the middle to make sure the 1" x 3" is supported and won't sag. Also, the 2x4x6" stack is only 2 high (not 3). You will need to have a scrap piece of 2x4x12 in addition to the above pieces to make the 2 stacks of two 2x4's.

You'll need screws for the casters (1-1/2 or less" since a 2x4 is 1-1/2") typically 4 per caster = 16 screws (20 if you use these 1-1/2" screws for the 1x3).
You'll need screws to assemble the 2x4's typically 2 per corner (I suggest 2-1/2" long) = 8 screws (12 if you use a 3rd piece of 2x4 in the middle).
You'll need screws to assemble the 1" x 3" (you can use some 1-1/2" screws just add them to the above quantity of 16) = 4 screws.

You'll also need padding of some kind. I bought an anti-fatigue mat at Home Depot for $10 and cut it easily with a razor knife. It was easy to cut and bonus, the mat has lines running the length of it so I just followed them when razor knifing.

You'll need a staple gun and staples.
And you'll need a drill - pre-drilling the holes makes screwing much easier and you won't split the 1x3.
You'll want to have a second drill to drive in the screws.

It should take you about an hour to get the items at Home Depot and another hour or so to make the whole cart.

Have fun and good luck!

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