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Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Fri 09.04.2004, 02:41

I am planning to design and construct a removable hard top for the Elan, having got fed up with getting wet even after replacing the convertable hood. <br><br>It would be helpful to know if any other owners out there would be interested in buying one of these hard tops when I can get it produced. I don't expect this to be a profit making exercise but the greater the interest, the better a job I can do and invest more in the tooling.<br><br>I should add that my profession gives me access to 3D measuring equipment, CAD system, CNC machining facility etc., so I intend it to be a professional quality job.
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Fri 09.04.2004, 04:03

Welcome, and certainly a quality hard top would be a big success (as big as it could be in our micro-Elan-world)!!  There is a company out there SUPPOSEDLY near production for a hard top, so check the search engine in the Forum for the details!!<br><br>Problem with even hard tops is the seal--so we're told!  The seals make or break it--whether it is a soft or hard top!<br><br>I'm in, but still doubt I'll ever see one.  Should be interest I'd bet to sell 20-30 or maybe more if priced reasonably and proper seals!<br><br> 8)
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Sy V » Fri 09.04.2004, 05:38

http://www.ntccars.com/ntcframe.htm<br><br>http://www.m100world.com/hardtop.html<br><br>...and still we wait...
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Stef » Fri 09.04.2004, 17:25

Yes!<br><br>I would be very interested!<br><br>One other selling point would be ease of fit and removal.  I'll want to rip if off mighty fast on those odd sunny days in the winter 8)
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Re: Hard Top

Postby stevo » Fri 09.04.2004, 17:42

if you could there would be at least 20-30 orders with mine at the front of the que. it would all depend on ntc and m100 world pulling the finger out. if either one of these companys has given up on the idea perhaps you could see what they already have.
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Fri 09.04.2004, 19:04

It looks like there will be enough interest to make this project worthwhile. I will sort out some pictures of the concept design and post a link but in the meantime I would welcome further helpful suggestions.
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Fri 09.04.2004, 19:09

[quote author=Stef link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=0#3 date=04/09/04 at 09:25:43]Yes!<br><br>I would be very interested!<br><br>One other selling point would be ease of fit and removal.  I'll want to rip if off mighty fast on those odd sunny days in the winter 8)[/quote]<br>Let me get this straight; you want to rip your top off on sunny Winter days??<br><br>This is good!   ;D<br>
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Paul.P » Fri 09.04.2004, 19:36

Certainly be very interested, if quality was good !.<br>Paul.P
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Re: Hard Top

Postby dave_ward » Sat 10.04.2004, 00:21

maybe this is a silly Q but  is there no chance of slightly copying the mx5 hard top, i saw one outside my house last week on a new mx5 and it looked f**king amazing even if it was on  toni and guys car!!!!!
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Sat 10.04.2004, 00:46

Dave, call me crazy, but I'd bet you'd have the best luck with actually buying a MX5 hardtop and taking it to someone who is well versed in fibreglass--and have them cut/slice/adapt it to fit the Elan--than you would holding out for an Elan hardtop.  It appears it just wasn't meant to be.<br><br>Call me a skeptic (and I am) but this is one thing that just may never happen.  Perhaps someone will prove me wrong--I used to say the same about reading the ECU sensors until along came ElanScanMan to prove me wrong on that!!  :-[
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Sy V » Sat 10.04.2004, 06:27

He also used to say the same thing about Elises being launched in the good old US of A too.<br><br> ;D 8) ;)
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Sat 10.04.2004, 07:49

[quote author=Sy link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=0#10 date=04/09/04 at 22:27:33]He also used to say the same thing about Elises being launched in the good old US of A too.<br><br> ;D 8) ;)[/quote]<br>That's correct  :-[ but I was saying that since 1999!!<br>I have yet to see them launched here  ;D<br><br>I must admit that Arnie must be some businessman! It just worries me that it will pull the ship under again! <br>It's one thing to be able to buy an Elise in the Us, and completely another to figure out where the fcuk there's anywhere to service it.  And like taking your Elan to the Isuzu or GM dealer to get service, I can tell you what the toyota dealers will say when you show up in your Elise looking for parts and service . . .  the fact that there is no support infrastructure at all is disturbing!<br>
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Re: Hard Top

Postby timmo » Sun 11.04.2004, 21:44

Very interested in the Hard Top !! Count on an order from Maidenhead
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Fubar1764 » Mon 12.04.2004, 06:37

Ditto here. Just as soon as I get an Elan. . .dammit.  :'(<br>Cheers!<br>Jack
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Re: Hard Top

Postby ianad » Sun 25.04.2004, 14:55

I would be interested,,, did KIA ever do anything about a hard top?
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Re: Hard Top

Postby clemo » Sun 25.04.2004, 15:39

did somone start this thread on april the 1st??<br>even though we have been here before , put me down for one....<br><br>if it looked like the one in the book that me and AV8NDOC were dribbeling over a while ago...<br><br>good luck kuching i feel you have the backing of the whole LEC site...
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Thu 29.04.2004, 21:10

Check out the pictures of the hard top styling concept. I will post more/better quality pictures as the design progresses.<br><br>Constructive feedback will be welcome.<br><br>Image<br>Image
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Monty » Thu 29.04.2004, 21:54

That looks superb!  :o<br>how would that work with the hood storage lid?<br>Think u`ll have a few buyers off here if this project pulls off!<br>What time limit would u think for manufacturing is? 1 year!  ::)
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Jeff » Thu 29.04.2004, 22:04

Looks great!  Would like to see some side profile shots as well.
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Fri 30.04.2004, 00:42

[quote author=Kuching link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=15#16 date=04/29/04 at 13:10:55]Check out the pictures of the hard top styling concept. I will post more/better quality pictures as the design progresses.[/quote]<br><br>FANTASTIC !!  [smiley=bluewinky.gif] [smiley=bowdown.gif] [smiley=clap.gif] [smiley=cheers2.gif]<br><br>[quote author=Kuching link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=15#16 date=04/29/04 at 13:10:55]Constructive feedback will be welcome.[/quote]<br>It looks to me to be rendered a bit to rounded across the top.  I'm sure you'll keep the bonnet and boot lines in mind, but those surfaces are rather flat; so the arc across the rear of the Hard Top will need to be a bit flatter on top.  ;)<br><br>____________________________________<br><br>edit: oh yeah, I'll take one for sure if you get them made!!  ;D
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