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Re: Hardtop Project

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Hardtop is 99% finished!
I am happy with the exterior, still need to sort some weatherstripping, but here are a few pics:
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did a 2-tone headliner:
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polished latches:
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I am proud of the chrome trim....it turned out great and it was simple to install:
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thanks to Wade for the JC whitney door moulding rec!
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Looks great. Can't wait to see it in person.
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very nice. hey were do you folks buy the No MG sticker?
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VERY NICE!!!
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That is hands-down the best looking top I have ever seen on a Roadster - fantastic job!
The two-tone interior and chrome trip are great additions that really show attention to detail, well done and tasteful!
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Looks BEAUTIFUL Alvin -

I'd love to know what you end up with for the weatherstrip at the back. On every top I've ever seen, that has been the first point of failure and always compromises the paint...

My 350z uses a material like 3M Hood protector between the soft top and the tonneau when the top is up, so that is worth trying too, but a good weatherstrip is definitely still critical.
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Perfectly executed, as usual. I like the idea of the clear paint protector under the weatherstrip.

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Now that's one classy looking Fairlady!
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That's the car that the rest of us will use when people ask us what a Datsun Roadster is.
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Datsun.David wrote:Looks BEAUTIFUL Alvin -

I'd love to know what you end up with for the weatherstrip at the back. On every top I've ever seen, that has been the first point of failure and always compromises the paint...

My 350z uses a material like 3M Hood protector between the soft top and the tonneau when the top is up, so that is worth trying too, but a good weatherstrip is definitely still critical.
The top is far from perfect, but it is good enough for me!
It's funny I was very concerned about the top marring the body paint....then when I got the top back from the painter I realized that the hardtop had better paint than the car...so no 3M necessary. It's a 5-footer :lol:

My softop actually did leave some scratches on the rear deck, and it is vinyl. I will post a pic. The hardtop weatherstripping is listed earlier in the thread, straight from Wade's JC WHitney list.

I am stoked because the hardtop will work much better for my needs. I have only folded the softop down maybe 3 times...it's usually a "take the entire thing out or leave it up" affair.
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$40,000 at BJ :wink:
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I have never thought our cars looked good with a hardtop..... until now!!! :D
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Alvin
try invisable bra material, make a template out of heavy grade paper, remove tear drops, twisties and posties apply like any other decal let dry reinstall all the hard ware. No more worries about scratches!!

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nissantoy wrote:Alvin
try invisible bra material.......
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What do you mean, like a wispy lace kind of material :roll:
While your sewing stuff, it might be nice to make a light cover/bag for the hardtop and get or make a cockpit cover for overnights, I'm thinking camping at Solvang. And a lock and chain if you leave it at the campsite :D

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Re: Hardtop Project

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That is a nice hard top! I dont like black much...But your top and car look real nice in black.

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