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Old 01-07-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Home made hard top

Has anyone made their own hardtop, if u have please post pics.

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Oh, this I cannot wait to see!


Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!

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Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!
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Im pretty good with fiberglass and i often though about making a hard half top

I would make a wood top out of thin ply,nice and pretty,cover it with great stuff foam,sand and shape it into the shape I want the use that for a fiberglass plug/mold

It may sound funny But in custom motorcycles and radio controlled boats/trucks I use this method all the time.

Its time consuming and messy,fiberglass and foam running all over your Jeep aint cool but I think it can be done

also I have some 1/8" fiberglass sheets called FRP its fiberglass panel for walls
420 a sheet and easy to shape,very flexible.I make rc boats with it
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Used hard tops in my region sell for $500 -$800 .
Fiberglass and resin aren't cheap and the time involved .... I'm not saying it couldn't be done....or shouldn't. Could make a really custom looking jeep. May save a lot of time and $ finding a damaged top to start with.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:49 PM   #8
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GR8TOPS makes the exact same one and they have sweet hard half tops
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:59 PM   #9
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Used hard tops in my region sell for $500 -$800 .
Fiberglass and resin aren't cheap and the time involved .... I'm not saying it couldn't be done....or shouldn't. Could make a really custom looking jeep. May save a lot of time and $ finding a damaged top to start with.
You're lucky. Right now I see them on CL for 1200-1500.
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You're lucky. Right now I see them on CL for 1200-1500.
x2 They're like gold in my area and sell for around that price
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GR8TOPS makes the exact same one and they have sweet hard half tops
That's because its his top.....that's who he licenced to do it.
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That's because its his top.....that's who he licenced to do it.
Sweet
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You're lucky. Right now I see them on CL for 1200-1500.
same... The past 2 weeks i saw two sell for $1200 and $1250
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Oh, this I cannot wait to see!


Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!
Oh, man, you and me both!!!!!!!!

I once tried to modify a hardtop for a Corvette to an MG. After they let me out I decided it just wasn't worth it
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Im pretty good with fiberglass and i often though about making a hard half top

I would make a wood top out of thin ply,nice and pretty,cover it with great stuff foam,sand and shape it into the shape I want the use that for a fiberglass plug/mold

It may sound funny But in custom motorcycles and radio controlled boats/trucks I use this method all the time.

Its time consuming and messy,fiberglass and foam running all over your Jeep aint cool but I think it can be done

also I have some 1/8" fiberglass sheets called FRP its fiberglass panel for walls
420 a sheet and easy to shape,very flexible.I make rc boats with it
Do you ever sleep??????????
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After all the crap I've been throwing around, I have to admit I've been playing around with a similar idea. Not that I want to drive myself to insanity (again) but I think it would be way cool to spray my ragtop with mold release and then a quarter inch of loose spray over that, ending up with a hardtop that looked like a ragtop

I figure as long as one is flying over the cookoo's nest might as well have a couple
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After all the crap I've been throwing around, I have to admit I've been playing around with a similar idea. Not that I want to drive myself to insanity (again) but I think it would be way cool to spray my ragtop with mold release and then a quarter inch of loose spray over that, ending up with a hardtop that looked like a ragtop

I figure as long as one is flying over the cookoo's nest might as well have a couple
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I traded my soft top and half doors for my hard top and full doors hee hee
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Just sayin maybe they were on a phone.... there is no option to multi quote
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I traded my soft top and half doors for my hard top and full doors hee hee
I wouldn't wanna give up a soft top for summer time but damn id love to not be driving in the loudest paper bag ever for no reason all winter long. I can find hard tops near me for as low as 600.....with no rear glass and need paint tho.
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This is why when I was looking to buy a TJ, a hardtop was one of the essential requirements for me. I'll put a soft top on for the summer, but I just couldn't see buying a Jeep with a used soft top (never know what you're going to get) and still need to drop ~1K-2K on a hard top.
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This is why when I was looking to buy a TJ, a hardtop was one of the essential requirements for me. I'll put a soft top on for the summer, but I just couldn't see buying a Jeep with a used soft top (never know what you're going to get) and still need to drop ~1K-2K on a hard top.
Now ya tell me :-( lol
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This is why when I was looking to buy a TJ, a hardtop was one of the essential requirements for me. I'll put a soft top on for the summer, but I just couldn't see buying a Jeep with a used soft top (never know what you're going to get) and still need to drop ~1K-2K on a hard top.
Same here. Buying a TJ with a hard top and doors was required for me.
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I found this one on Craigslist for $75. Drivers side rear pillar needed to be rebuilt. 1st 2 pics when it was in the weeds.

Me and my bud haven't finished everything yet, but are pretty close. Probably Herculine it when we are done.

I need back glass and one hinge!
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apologies if this is a dumb question,
but is there a reason why these are made of fiberglass or such and not just plastic? it seems plastic would be easier to make, lower cost, and may weigh less.

is plastic too prone to warping in the heat?

the new '07-later hardtops looks like they are plastic to me but i don't know what they are.

i'm thinking - look at a good beer cooler, how bulky it is but how incredibly sturdy and at the same time incredibly light. also look at SKB cases (i'm a musician), how strong yet light that stuff is. Could a jeep top be made of plastics like this?
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the new '07-later hardtops looks like they are plastic to me but i don't know what they are.
I believe the new tops are plastic. But I'm not 100% sure
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Way, way back, when the earth was still cooling , "plastic" parts were made from hand laid fiberglass, now most plastic parts are molded ABS. Probably the newer hardtops are also ABS. If you're doing custom work you will probably still do hand laid fiberglass because it doesn't require sophisticated molds.

P.S. What in blazes is an SKB?????????? I'm seriously into music but I am not a musician. ( I do hope this is not considered a thread hijack )

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