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Old 11-14-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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C5 convertible removeable hardtop build

hello, new member here.
would like to show the progress made on my C5 removeable hardtop.
was not very happy with the quality pricing and wait of the avalible top on the market so I made the decision to build a better one. Its going to use the same footprint as the factory softtop but have the same dementions and rear window fit as a FRC top.

Factory glass FRC rear windows will work with my tops, also having a local company that makes airplane windows make them of acrylic.








factory roof latches in the pictures but am having aftermarket latches made at a machine shop.




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Well thats kinda cool. Whats it made of...how much does it weigh?
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Well thats kinda cool. Whats it made of...how much does it weigh?
Thanks, its made from fiberglass. It will be pretty lightweight compaired.
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I applaud your skill level. I'm not a fan of the bubble glass look (I like the straight slope of the FRC more), but you've definitely got skills. So how much does it weight?
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Lookin' great! Nice work.
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Impressive skills. Looks like its coming along great. please post pics when painted and finished.
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I applaud your skill level. I'm not a fan of the bubble glass look (I like the straight slope of the FRC more), but you've definitely got skills. So how much does it weight?
? I thought the glass in the photos was from an FRC. ??
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? I thought the glass in the photos was from an FRC. ??
I thought that's what he was saying too but the glass has more of a pronounced bubble to it than what a FRC has. It could just be my eyes or the angle. I probably should see a side shot to make sure.

This one doesn't look that way. Again, it could just be my eyes or the angle of the picture. The glass does look exactly like a FRC glass.

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I applaud your skill level. I'm not a fan of the bubble glass look (I like the straight slope of the FRC more), but you've definitely got skills. So how much does it weight?
not sure of the weight yet on the finished product. its pretty light. also final weight depends on the rear window choice. acrylic (much lighter) or the factory glass.
the window in my pictures is the same in your pic. Its a factory rear frc glass in the pictures.
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Nice work. I think the waterfall in the red ones pic makes it look bubbled, along with the angle.
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OK...I have to ask...how does it attach to the car? Looking at Junk's last pic, I am confused as to how it is secured in the back. This is a "winterizing" piece to extend the season, right?
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OK...I have to ask...how does it attach to the car? Looking at Junk's last pic, I am confused as to how it is secured in the back. This is a "winterizing" piece to extend the season, right?
it will use a simple secure rear latch design. i will explain it in future posts.
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Looking forward to hearing how you do it!
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