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foxinthemudd 06-03-2009 06:22 PM

hard top storage cart
 
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Ok here is what you will need to make your Hard Top Storage cart. All pipe used will be 1/2" and threaded on both ends.

2- 27" pipe
1- 6" or 6.5" pipe (I used 6")
4- 12" pipe
4- 45* and 90* pipe elbows
2- 2" or 3" pipe
4- casters and U-bolts (if you want it to be portable on wheels, I used two locking and two free casters)
Pipe insulation (a towel or similar will work, If you don't want to damage your hard top I would suggest getting something to cover the pipe.)

This is for the window support you WILL need!
53" wooden dowel or 2x2 board
2 or 3 plastic coated hooks that can screw into the board/dowel

So lay out all of your supplies that you just got from the local hardware store (home depot or lowes has every thing you need, ACE probably would too)

Take your 27" pipe and screw a 90* elbow onto both ends. take a 12" pipe and screw it onto one side. This side the 12" pipe is attached to is going to be the rear of your cart.

Attach a 45* elbow to the 12" pipe you just threaded, make sure the open threads on the elbow are facing up. Attach another 12" pipe to this along with another 45* elbow facing away from the stuff you just built.

Thread the 6" pipe to the open 45* elbow. With the 6" pipe now attached and the 27" pipe laying flat on the ground, the 6" piece should be sitting above but horizontal with the floor.

from this point you build the exact same thing you just built but with a mirrored image.

If your wondering what the little 2" or 3" pieces, they are for the 90* elbows on the end of the 27" pipes. These little babys are what will hold your top on the cart. MOUY IMPORTANTE! I also put end caps on mine just incase, you don't need these but I opted for them.

From This point you should have your complete frame. I welded all my joints after I fitted them to the top making sure the highest point will not touch your glass.

I then attached the U-bolts and caster wheels to the left and right sides (see the pictures for more details on these.) Oh and I welded them as well so they wouldn't move.

There you go! you now have a standing hardtop storage cart! now put your padding on the areas where the top touches and go about your business!

let me know if you have any more questions or need more pictures!

Fox

P.S. the first picture is missing the one 12" pipe and a 6" pipe

crasha9 06-03-2009 09:02 PM

Could you take some more pictures of the front where the window support is?

crasha9 06-04-2009 10:45 AM

And also about how much did it cost you for the supplies?

jpdocdave 06-04-2009 12:17 PM

very nice. these are great to have.

foxinthemudd 06-04-2009 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by crasha9 (Post 382922)
And also about how much did it cost you for the supplies?

all together I think it cost me about 25-30 bucks. but that is a guess I lost my first receipt.

crasha9 06-04-2009 08:53 PM

Could you post some more pics of where the 2x2 holds up the window?

foxinthemudd 06-04-2009 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by crasha9 (Post 383224)
Could you post some more pics of where the 2x2 holds up the window?

here you go I hope this helps!

crasha9 06-05-2009 09:35 AM

Sure does! I'll try to post some pics of mine when I get done with it

foxinthemudd 06-05-2009 11:33 AM

sweet can't wait to see it.

crasha9 06-08-2009 02:18 PM

I built it but when I put my hard top on it, it slightly dented the bottom where it rests on the insulation. You may want to see if it did it to yours

foxinthemudd 06-09-2009 05:10 PM

ya it slightly dented the insulation but it bounced back an hour after is was moved.

crasha9 06-09-2009 07:01 PM

It slightly dented my hardtop, not the insulation.

foxinthemudd 06-11-2009 10:43 PM

I don't see how it could have dented the hardtop... I don't have any issues with mine

BrokenWallet 07-21-2009 10:56 AM

Where did you get your 27" pipes? cause i've looked around for it and I can only find 24" and 30" pipes. :\

I don't mind to go aimlessly wondering around home depot until I get the answer. But hopefully its before they close. :P

crasha9 07-27-2009 06:42 PM

You can go to Lowes and buy a 60" or something around that size and they will cut it into two 27"s for free for you.

foxinthemudd 07-30-2009 06:48 PM

ya, I got a 30 (I believe) and just had them cut and thread it.

larry408 04-18-2010 08:37 AM

I did not have room in my garage to store my hardtop and full doors. I made a platform between my carport and house to sit the top on. I can store my doors under the top and cover it all with a tarp.

APBAinMaine 04-09-2011 09:48 PM

Gah! Any idea where the pictures for this thread went? I'm about to embark on this, and those would be a life-saver when I screw it up!

YJ Jeep Freak 04-10-2011 06:32 AM

Me too
 
I would like to do this but the pictures would really help.:confused:

KRAMMIT 04-10-2011 11:14 PM

This is what I did... cost me about $10 and works like a charm...
Click the link, scroll down and download the instructions.

Performance Jeep Chrysler : Jeep Parts and Accessories PerformanceJeepChrysler.com 888-569-5228

here is an example of what it looks like:
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...95fc5b3876.jpg

Hardermods 04-11-2011 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KRAMMIT (Post 1170732)
This is what I did... cost me about $10 and works like a charm...
Click the link, scroll down and download the instructions.

Performance Jeep Chrysler : Jeep Parts and Accessories PerformanceJeepChrysler.com 888-569-5228

here is an example of what it looks like:
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...95fc5b3876.jpg


I built this same one last year, works like a charm and can roll the top outta the way whenever I need to!

SylvanSahara 04-15-2011 09:47 PM

what do you do to keep the rear hatch glass from flopping opening when you put the top onto the cart?

YJ Jeep Freak 04-15-2011 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KRAMMIT (Post 1170732)
This is what I did... cost me about $10 and works like a charm...
Click the link, scroll down and download the instructions.

Performance Jeep Chrysler : Jeep Parts and Accessories PerformanceJeepChrysler.com 888-569-5228

here is an example of what it looks like:
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...95fc5b3876.jpg

Thanks for the pic and the site. Look forward to doing this real soon!:wavey:

Hardermods 04-16-2011 12:06 AM

The skinny bar in the middle is what the glass rests against so I dont use anything to keep it closed.

But you could use one of these,
Glass Retainer
Liftgate Clamps

SylvanSahara 04-16-2011 07:12 AM

that looks like what i need at a lot better price than a store bought/manufactured unit.

any chance you have a pic of the cart w/ the top on the cart?

Hardermods 04-16-2011 01:56 PM

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There ya go

APBAinMaine 04-21-2011 12:35 PM

Wow, that looks a lot simpler and more effective than the pipe contraption I just built. I can't figure out what the pipe models is supposed to look like, but I've clearly done something wrong.

APBAinMaine 04-22-2011 05:24 PM

Built the wood one today... hell, that was easy. What *wasn't* easy was removing the stupid thing by myself (stubbornness pays off).

KRAMMIT 04-23-2011 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by APBAinMaine (Post 1195334)
Built the wood one today... hell, that was easy. What *wasn't* easy was removing the stupid thing by myself (stubbornness pays off).

Glad it worked out for you, and by the sound of it you got a workout... Those dang things are heavy!

ColoradoSheepDog 04-09-2013 01:46 PM

Hardermods: It looks great, do you happen to have the measurements that you used? I want to build it, but want to make sure it is correct.


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