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HARD TOP PROJECT.... #584489
09/07/19 04:51 PM
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Most of the time I love to drive my +4Supersports with aeroscreens to get the full wind in the face experience...

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However I have also had a hankering for a hard top to complete the "race car" look as in the original 201 launch brochure for the P4SS..


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Every body said "rare as hen's teeth " to get a good top and I was quoted more than £4000 for a bespoke carbon item !!!

So eventually I was able to locate a new unfitted still wrapped carbon composite fully trimmed top of 2001 vintage destined for a LM62 model Morgan..lucky me !!!

Light as a feather and very strong..I tried it loosely on my car and overall it was a good fit....so far so good !!!

[Linked Image]

Lots still to do but very promising.

To be continued.....


" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584501
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So the brief to myself was to make the top fit without any major mods to the Supersports.

The hardtop came with the LM62 fittings but no body fittings.

The front of the hard top locates onto modified windscreen blades but I didn't want to drill holes or extend my original items so I had to make something that would do the job …

First purchase from Ebay was an industrial sheet metal folder ..£15 bargain.

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I found by chance at a car boot for £2 four door push plates that were the required length,width thickness and even colour !!!..the thickness is important so the screws that locate the windscreen frame do not crack the screen.

There is a complicated z bend on the windscreen bracket but the folder managed it with ease.


The made brackets were covered both sides with 4mm neoprene and adjustable catches replaced the oe system.

Its going well !!!!
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" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584503
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Ok up to date now...most of the body fittings are on and the hardtop is firmly fixed..


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" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584504
09/07/19 06:03 PM
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Neoprene seals?


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Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584505
09/07/19 06:04 PM
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Sorry posted same picture twice !!!!


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Took the car out for a blast without side screens and the top held fast thankfully !!!!


I found adjustments would be needed to the sidescreens by a small amount to lower them in the door fittings.in order to avoid catching the top.

I didn't want to modify the original sidescreens and found a pair of nearly new mohair covered screens that I can get modified....possibly a machine shop job .

I found these from an old project of mine..cockpit vents which should complete the Race look

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To be continued...


" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584512
09/07/19 06:29 PM
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Looking terrific KevFitz

Where do the cockpit vents go?


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Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584513
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Great work. Well done


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Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584520
09/07/19 07:15 PM
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I think Kev's ability to source rare parts is way more impressive. grin2

And we have two of those round tables...……...


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Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584526
09/07/19 07:31 PM
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Stewart

The vents fix in the fixed part of the sidescreens being careful that they don't obscure the side mirrors. you need a 83 mm hole cutter and a steady hand !!!

Tables are highly recommended Dave..its where I have my breakfast every morning in my Morgan Onesie signed by Charles Morgan !!


" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: HARD TOP PROJECT.... [Re: KEVFITZ] #584530
09/07/19 07:41 PM
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Those pictures look brilliant Kev. Are you going to wait til it rains to check the seal or aim a hosepipe at it and sit there for a while with fingers crossed???
Ps where do you get the neoprene tape from please? We have large gaps at the back of the doors which really draw the air in when roof is up and I suspect neoprene as a seal could be the answer!!!!
Thank you
HB

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