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Old 06-13-2010, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 87 Sammy I got from my brother in law and it is a hard top. The carpet is thrashed and the glass on the rear door is peeling. I was thinking of putting in a roll bar just behind the front seats and cutting off the back upper half from about the bottom of the glass all the way around. Am I biting off more problems then if I just leave it alone. The main reason is that the AC is shot inside out, and I don't want to mess with it at all. I figure if I do this then it is a matter of getting a custom wrap for the back half or just a blue tarp. Any thoughts are welcome.


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IMHO, you are nuts.
Fix the AC.
And how can glass peel?
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Apparently you do not realize how RARE tintops are!

There are people who would kill to have a tintop and you want to rip the top off of one???

Please reconsider.

I bet you can find someone who will gladly trade their convertable body for your tintop body...

I am in "0"-land (Kansas City) where in "5"-land are you? I may be someone who would swap you if you are not too far away...
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I did not know it was a rare bird I had in my Garage. Maybe I will leave it alone instead. As for the rear glass peeling it was a very poor tint job that was picketd at, not by me though. I think instead of cutting the roof off I will fix the AC and fab up a light bar to atach to the rrof insead


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It is MUCH easier to fix the AC than cut off the top.
And the rear window... it's just tint. It takes about 10 minutes to put on tint and only cost a few $.
A tin top is much more secure than a rag top... you have no idea how much crap gets stolen from rag tops or how many times the dumb ass that does the stealing cuts the top/windows rather than unsnap or unzip the thing. I even had the window broke one time for a pull-out radio. They tore out the dash but left the radio.
Why do you think people buy bolt on hardtops? I would live to have one.
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There's a build thread on another board where a guy from Greece took his new coily jimny and chopped the top off of it. The guy has some really good fabrication skills and it was a lot of work for him. (Made me want to cry watching the pictures of him cuting apart a perfectly good body) You would need to do a lot of support work for the parts that you left on, and like you pointed out, you would need a custom tarp built for it and it would never look as good as the hard top. It gets MAD hot in texas durring the summer, and taking the top off just doesn't cut it sometimes. AC and a hard top would be premium out there.
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NOOOOO, PLEASE DON'T DO THAT! ASK BILL JOHN HOW MUCH TROUBLE I WENT THROUGH TO SAVE THE ROOF ON MY TIN TOP BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS OWNER CUT A SUNROON. I HAD TO GLUE ON THEN RIVET A NEW ROOF SKIN, TOOK TWO PEOPLE, AND WAS A NIGHTMARE.

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oh and ideally if you decide to put the lightbar on the roof, you want to make something that clamps to the roof gutter, you don't want to drill into one of these, it will depreciate the value big time.
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Ok Ok I get it I will leave it as a hard top, and the light bar idea I was gonna clamp it to the lip anyways I had a friend who drilled a hole in hus roof and it would leak all the time no matter how much he tried to weatherize it. I need to look into finding AC parts for it for now.


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