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Old 04-27-2017, 10:04 PM   #61 (permalink)
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This is Great!

Our list of interested owners is growing and I am sure the warmer weather is bringing more to the table.

Here is the current list and I will also reach out to the vendor and check in.

Interested List:
1)blueranger
2)HFO3
3)Mwupskcb370z
4)gr8-wrx
5)fins
6)Don-MT
7)John Bradley
8)ISUFan22
9)ParkStr8
10)Bummer
11)Sprinkguy
12)kentmo280z
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14)Bearfan
15)Tokugawa
16)nomodski
17)SnowXTC
18)daZilva
19)wyolancer
20)StevefromTX
21)catching Zs
22)btarte


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please take me off the list (#6, highrpm); I have no place to store one of these. Good luck with the project!

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Cool Where to put it when it is off?

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please take me off the list (#6, highrpm); I have no place to store one of these. Good luck with the project!

Good point--storage.
I see this has not yet been brought up.

I have seen some nifty pulley systems that raise and store the roof on
the garage ceiling.
Got to think this would not be practical for many.
Since I've owned a few cars with removable hardtops,I'll offer some input.
First,to install or take off a roof is a 2 person job.Depending on the weight,
could be easy or a bit harder. On the storage topic,my Alfa Spyder had the best
system. It came with a aluminum rack of sorts that stored the roof vertically.It was on casters.Had a nice cover that protected the roof.
Did not take up much room at all. Just slide it next to a wall.
Very nice design. However,has to be a substantial cost in this type of
unit. Not sure if any roof companies offer these.
Seems to be custom made.
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southzz,

Hard top racks that have casters and roll on the floor are not new. Owners of 55 -57 Thunderbirds can purchase them from many specific suppliers, as well as the older 350 SL Mercedes owners, and even the new Thunderbirds 2002 - 2004?

Anyone with any skills at all could easily make one up from steel tubing or even wood, line it with rubber padding, and roll the top off into a garage corner. Anyone interested needs to look up an online Thunderbird supplier's online catalogue to see photos of the rack, and copy it accordingly.

I've also seen the overhead pulley system for hard top storage online, and helped a local friend build one for his MGB, using a hand crank from an old boat trailer as the winding and brake mechanism. Again, rope, pulleys and wood were all that was needed.

And yes, to prevent top or car damage, installing and removing a hard top is a two person job. Ask one of my friends how I know.

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Update...

Spoke to vendor yesterday and we have a donor car that has agreed to transport to the manufacturer and initiate development.

Like I said before this list is a group of 370Z Roadster owners like myself that are "interested" in this option to avoid a major expense of replacing the convertible assembly since Nissan will not fix a top and only replace $$$.

No commitment is implied... I just want to gather as many roadster owners interested in this option to develop for all future needs.

I personally was shocked when I was quoted $16,000.00 by my local Nissan dealer to replace my entire roof assembly only because a bracket in the frame had broken. Although I sourced a top repair I still want this option available vs paying this outrageous amount to repair from the dealer.



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Great News!

The Prototype 370Z hardtop is now in process!!

I personally cannot wait for this to happen since my top does not function. I can only manually open it and close it and of course Nissan wants to replace the entire top to fix it.

I know many of you have issues as I read this constantly on new post. I would honestly take this option even if I didn't have any issues. I race my Z and would prefer a hardtop without loosing the joy of a convertible.

Let me know if any others are interested and I will update the list. This really helps the manufacturer and encourages them to invest in this development.






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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hBdBbrVO7w


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I have seen some nifty pulley systems that raise and store the roof on the garage ceiling.
Got to think this would not be practical for many.
Since I've owned a few cars with removable hardtops,I'll offer some input.
First,to install or take off a roof is a 2 person job.
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I've also seen the overhead pulley system for hard top storage online, and helped a local friend build one for his MGB, using a hand crank from an old boat trailer as the winding and brake mechanism. Again, rope, pulleys and wood were all that was needed.
I used one for my Jeep hard top, It's made by Harken. I have a review of it on my site, along with more pictures (link).





I can take the top off by myself easily. I've put the top back on by myself as well, but I prefer to have some one to help guide it down. It makes it easier so I don't have to perfectly line the Jeep up.

I doubt a 370 top would be near as heavy as a Jeep hard top is, but the Harken system was well worth the money for me.
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I don't have a convertible, but I'm excited to see how it turns out!
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I think it will look odd... It would be interesting though...
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I think it will look odd... It would be interesting though...
I think if the lines and angles are kept similar it will look bad azz...

At times the rag top looks like a carnival tent with its sharp raised ridges. But i can honestly say i really like the overall shape of the vert more so than the coupe.

Just my personal taste tho.
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Great News!

The Prototype 370Z hardtop is now in process!!

I personally cannot wait for this to happen since my top does not function. I can only manually open it and close it and of course Nissan wants to replace the entire top to fix it.

I know many of you have issues as I read this constantly on new post. I would honestly take this option even if I didn't have any issues. I race my Z and would prefer a hardtop without loosing the joy of a convertible.

Let me know if any others are interested and I will update the list. This really helps the manufacturer and encourages them to invest in this development.






Example of one of their tops:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hBdBbrVO7w


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I checked the Ytube video on the "carbon fiber " top.
Having worked with much carbon fiber,the top shown sure looks
like a carbon fiber wrap(vinyl)to me.
Furthermore,to do the top in real solid CF including the interior finishing and
appropriate mounting hardware would be very expensive.
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Interested. I really really like the car. I just bought it less than 2 weeks ago and already am having top issues.
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Interested. I really really like the car. I just bought it less than 2 weeks ago and already am having top issues.
Sorry to hear...I will add you to the list.
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