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Old 05-09-2019, 11:13 PM
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I was surprised you could get the mandrel out with a bike cable. But I usually do steel.

Probably because of the extra clearance and thinner contact area of the 1/8" squares. They're thin and able to tip over when the pressure on the cable is released rather than have to be dragged out standing up. After I release the vice grip from the cable, about half of them slid out and the rest could be freed up by rattling them loose with a wooden mallet and light tugging on the cable.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:18 PM
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Progress. I have the first bow trimmed and installed temporarily.

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Old 05-12-2019, 08:43 PM
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I had originally intended to use three bows on the roof but after test fitting the second one and plotting out where the third would be, it didn't leave enough room for a rear window that would be proportionate to the car, or even useful.
I set the second bow back about 2 more inches and it looked right.
In the original renderings we left the roofline mostly rounded with the thought that I'd figure it out on the fly. I would prefer the rounded look, but it forces the rear window to be short and very low compared to the total height of the roof. It just looks wrong.
The last thing I ever want to do is incorporate something into the original build that appears to be a bandaid, a patch job to cover for a poor design.
I'm going to go ahead with only 2 bows and frame in the rear window. I'll lay some template cardboard over everything before welding and see how it looks.

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Old 05-12-2019, 10:15 PM
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Looking forward to see this car finished! WOW . Are you going to give the roof a thick padding ? Less than a Carson top but more than a factory top?
What does the fiber optic tube light up in your tail lights ?
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:51 AM
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Are you going to give the roof a thick padding ? Less than a Carson top but more than a factory top?
What does the fiber optic tube light up in your tail lights ?
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I will probably use 1/8" medium density foam padding on the roof. The fiber optic "tube" is actually a solid clear plastic rod that acts as the light. There is a tiny LED in the socket that it mounts to that illuminates it. Part of the daytime running lights.
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Old 05-13-2019, 04:43 AM
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Epic build!

I had assumed the top would be folding vs what appears to be a removable top.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:21 PM
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I got the rear window framed in and made some radiused gusset plates for the corners. Large radius on the upper corners and much smaller on the lowers.

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I'm using latches from a 67 - 69 Camaro. I like them because they mount along the side rails and pull out from the sides. They aren't real big so they tuck away mostly out of sight.
I made mounting brackets from some 1/8" T6 plate. They are kind of tricky to get in place. They fit in where the side roof rails meet the front roof frameI have some 1/8" shims holding the front roof frame section up off of the windshield frame to simulate the weatherstrip that will be between them but I should have the weather strips in to be sure of the height. There is some adjustment in the latch but....

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