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I recently bought a hardtop and it’s time to get a rack, but I’m planning on making one rather than buying it because
1) it looks dead easy
2) shipping it will cost a lot
3) it is just going to sit in the garage and there is no need for it to look neat or anything.
I was wondering if any one can post pictures and/or dimensions of theirs. Are there any serious weight balance issues? thanx
 

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Would appreciate compact designs that can be mobile and fit in the trunk
 

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RE: here is another one from ebay.

1.you can get the dimms for the rack as follows:

when the top is on the car put vertical water level at the bottom of the hard top.

next put another water level on top of the hard top towards the vertical level.

the vertical distance will be the same as the bottom of the rack you are making.



i would make the bottom of the rack a bit bigger so that the top leans against the back of the rack.

good luck






<img src="http://www.streetneeds.com/uploads/twinturbonet/dimms2.JPG">
 

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thanx i think i'll go for one similar to Carlo's picture
 

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This is an older post I just passed through. To the original poster: How did yours turn out? Please include pics and info (if possible) as other users would surely want to do the same.

I am thinking of making my own customized hardtop rack, however, I want mine hanging from the ceiling. I've contemplated a lift (I've passed by a couple of those surfing the web), and if I make something like that I would be able to remove the top myself in the garage. However, I think there might be too much involved in making one of those. Sure, I can spare the time, but I still don't know if it's worth all the effort, just to be able to remove the top myself.

If I instead were to just make a little support frame that holds the hardtop in place, I think that would be much easier. It can pretty much just be two secured wires hanging down holding the hardtop in the front and the rear. But of course with extra padding and extra security to make sure it doesn't fall or get knocked into something.

I'm including a pic of how you generally can hold one in place (with extra support, etc). Any ideas? Has anyone done anything similar?
 

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I just had an epiphany,


This is just an idea and I havent done any prototyping for this project, so dont hold me liable....



If there is availible at your local hardware store, Heavy duty suction cups, I would design a rack with 4 suction cups attaching to the top of the hardtop, adding a rope (or 2) to the rack and using a simple pully, you can create a one man rack. then when the hardtop is off design a storage compartment either on your roof, a bag, or one of those racks you have seen on ebay. I figure this would be the most inexpensive way to have a one man operation to remove and store your hardtop

Doug
 

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SwishaSwede - 5/28/2005 11:31 AM

This is an older post I just passed through. To the original poster: How did yours turn out? Please include pics and info (if possible) as other users would surely want to do the same.
Hi, yeah... I have custom made one but I've sold the car 2 weeks ago (big relief). It didn't look professional and it was kinda huge and basic really. I was able to build a stationary one not a mobile one as I initially intended. Sorry I haven't got a picture of the rack.
 

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Not sure if you were able to make one, but here is my $0.02:
I was in a bit of a bind and needed a stand that was mobile. I put together a few pieces of 2x4 on casters and works great - looks hedious, but works great. i roll it around with ease. Just did crude dimensions and put some old blankets for padding.
If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll take pics and dimenstions.
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Hi Guys....

My $0.02.

From what I understand - you have to be fairly careful with pussing pressure on the rubber seals that line the hardtop. If you are suspending the roof form the celing (or even leanign it against a rack) try and ensure that no longterm damange is caused to the rubber.

I am not entirely sure where I saw the design for it (maybe google / or somewhere on this forum) - but, the best I have ever seen is a US$900 hoist with an ingenius design that doesnt touch the seals on the hardtop.

It was a T shaped hanger attached to the hoist. The two arms of the T shape are curled in like a claw. At the end of each of these arms are two big pads (like rotary buffing pads). So when you attach it to the roof, the arms curve around the sides of the roof and the contact points end up on the INSIDE of the roof. It's almost as if a giant person was standing above the car, looking down on it.. then putting the arms around the sides of the roof and grabbign it fron the inside of the roof, with it;s palms on the internal lining of the roof.

The base of the T (the vertical line) also have a big pad at the end of it. This puts pressure on the top of the roof. So when the hoist lifts up the roof - the the arm on teh top of the roof, counter balances the heavy weight of the back windscreen - while the inner arms helps lift up the roof.

Oh gosh.. after all that typing I just managed to find two smilar images !!! argh...

Here you go.. Two links...

http://www.eztop.com/images/honda/top.jpg

http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.easyhoists.com/images/cars/sl_3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.easyhoists.com/cars/sl.html&h=131&w=175&sz=7&tbnid=YaENx37nUtlDeM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=95&hl=en&start=20&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmercedes%2Bhard%2Btop%2Bhoist%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG

I hope that helps. We have to look out for all out SL friends - don't want anyone wrecking their baby beucase of misguided information
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Take care.. good luck! Tell us how you go [;)][;)]
 

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you will need support near the rear of the window opening, all the weight is there.
 

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I built one a while ago using alum, works great! After it was complete, a friend who owned a pre 129 gave me his old rack. So now I have two!
 
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