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Missourian 01-07-2012 09:05 PM

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

subtlez28 01-07-2012 09:14 PM

Oh, this I cannot wait to see!
:popcorn:

Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!

Lbailey21 01-07-2012 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by subtlez28 (Post 1898786)
Oh, this I cannot wait to see!
:popcorn:

Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!

:rofl:

ou812 01-07-2012 09:36 PM

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

Tom125 01-07-2012 09:40 PM

:popcorn:

TheTJRod 01-07-2012 09:46 PM

This guy made his own "Safari Top" http://www.wranglerforum.com/members/jscherb-77791.html

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/fi...ml#post1864249

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c.../RackTest5.jpg
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...alfLadder1.jpg

hardcoretj 01-07-2012 09:49 PM

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.

Kevinm2467 01-07-2012 09:49 PM

GR8TOPS makes the exact same one and they have sweet hard half tops

s14sh3r 01-07-2012 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by hardcoretj (Post 1898899)
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.

2004_Silver_Sport 01-07-2012 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by s14sh3r

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

sevenservices 01-07-2012 10:06 PM

:popcorn:

srad600 01-07-2012 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Kevinm2467 (Post 1898902)
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.

Kevinm2467 01-07-2012 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by srad600

That's because its his top.....that's who he licenced to do it.

Sweet :)

TJspeed 01-07-2012 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by s14sh3r (Post 1898931)
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 :banghead: :banghead:

Oldguy 01-07-2012 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by subtlez28 (Post 1898786)
Oh, this I cannot wait to see!
:popcorn:

Let the plywood and lexi-glass rain!

Oh, man, you and me both!!!!!!!! :popcorn::popcorn:

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 :nonono:

Oldguy 01-07-2012 11:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ou812 (Post 1898860)
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??????????:confused:

Oldguy 01-07-2012 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by sevenservices (Post 1898954)
:popcorn:

And thee make three. :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

Oldguy 01-08-2012 12:04 AM

:hide: 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 :whistling:

necromancer_tat 01-08-2012 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Oldguy (Post 1899274)
Oh, man, you and me both!!!!!!!! :popcorn::popcorn:

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 :nonono:

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Originally Posted by Oldguy (Post 1899278)
Do you ever sleep??????????:confused:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oldguy (Post 1899295)
And thee make three. :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oldguy (Post 1899314)
:hide: 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 :whistling:

Multi quote... it's the icon with the plus sign next to it...

ou812 01-08-2012 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Oldguy (Post 1899278)
Do you ever sleep??????????:confused:

Only when I'm not awake

YJPunisher213 01-08-2012 08:21 AM

I traded my soft top and half doors for my hard top and full doors hee hee

wwch99tj 01-08-2012 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by necromancer_tat

Multi quote... it's the icon with the plus sign next to it...

Just sayin maybe they were on a phone.... there is no option to multi quote :thumb:

srad600 01-08-2012 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by YJPunisher213
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.

Patrick H 01-08-2012 10:19 AM

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.

srad600 01-08-2012 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H
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

Geno 01-08-2012 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 1899893)
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.

dcstewart 01-08-2012 06:20 PM

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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!

armygreen 01-09-2012 02:58 AM

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?

2004_Silver_Sport 01-09-2012 03:01 AM

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Originally Posted by armygreen
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

Oldguy 01-09-2012 09:01 PM

Way, way back, when the earth was still cooling :rolleyes:, "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 :whistling: )


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