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  • #16
    Re: How to build a 355 top

    I used poster board to make a template for the canvas top. It seems to be the easiest way for me to lay up a pattern.
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    • #17
      Re: How to build a 355 top

      These metal bars are used to attach the top to the body. It is between the top material that is filded in a "V" shape then bolted through the fiberglass. We welded bolts on the bars so they would not turn when tightened.
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      • #18
        Re: How to build a 355 top

        Here is the pattern for MacGyver to sew up the top. It was not as simple as it looks.
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        • #19
          Re: How to build a 355 top

          It was necessary to deconstruct the poster board pattern in order to reproduce the pattern on the canvas so MacGyver can sew up the material.
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          • #20
            Re: How to build a 355 top

            MacGyver made up a tonneau cover to cover the wells on the rear quarter while the top was being sewn up. It took a few days to put it all together. Sean did a great job making this top.
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            • #21
              Re: How to build a 355 top

              You can see in this shot how the Targa panel fits behind the seats. The tonneau cover will hide the edge of the top.
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              • #22
                Re: How to build a 355 top

                The top will eventually fold up under the cover.

                Sean laid out this tonneau by making a few patterns. It worked very well.

                Dave
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                • #23
                  Re: How to build a 355 top

                  I found it necessary to place some cables in the area shown to hold padding. That padding will keep the edge of the soft top from wrinkling inward.

                  Thanks to Don Ostergard for the idea.
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                  • #24
                    Re: How to build a 355 top

                    If you do not have a Targa panel you should be able to use the fiberglass top from the Fiero donor. You will need to add the header modifications as I did on the custom Targa panel. A Fiero panel might be easier to use for this application since it is alread the proper shape.
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                    • #25
                      Re: How to build a 355 top

                      The red stuff is called welting. It is used on seats etc. It was left over from my PT Cruiser interior that Mr. Mike built.

                      We used it to put inside the edge of the top where it meets the rear quarter panel to form a finished edge.
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                      • #26
                        Re: How to build a 355 top

                        MacGyver carefully measured every part of the project. We never made a top like this before.
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                        • #27
                          Re: How to build a 355 top

                          This is the finished rear portion of the top. We used a scrap piece from the local boat store. It worked out well and was free.

                          Gotta love that!
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                          • #28
                            Re: How to build a 355 top

                            Sewing the top place holder revision 1
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                            • #29
                              Re: How to build a 355 top

                              Now it is time to do the Targa panel. Note how it fits along the windshield header. It tucks in behind the windshield suround rather than on top of it.
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                              • #30
                                Re: How to build a 355 top

                                The targa panel looks easier. It just needs two seams in the canvas then it is glued to the fiberglass panel.
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