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Old 05-05-2004, 06:18 AM
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making a carson top for my Deuce

hey all this is my first post and I have some questions that I can't seem to find answers to. I'm building a 32 ford sorta cabriolet in late 50's style. the car actually started out life as a sport coupe but somewhere around 1959 somebody whacked the tops of the doors off of it (along with the windsheild posts) and put tubing around them, welded the doors shut and channeled the car over model A rails with a plywood floor fiberglassed in . well I bought the car when I was 14 (I'm 24 now) and after 10 years the car has a stock floor, opening doors and a stock appearing windshield frame. I'm now building a carson top for it and just can't find any good information on how to cover it. I have the tube frame all made up for it but my questions (especially for the old timers) are specifically how do you attach the top to the car? I was thinking I wanted the material to snap to the car at the back like a convertible. what about the side window openings? do you just bind the edge and let it sit against the tubing or should it be wrapped around and snapped to the inside edge. when I cover the frame in chicken wire should I wire it to the frame or weld it? should I use burlap over the wire or is there now something that would work better than that? luckily for me my mother does automotive upholstery on the side. she has made convertible tops before but never a carson top. (leave it to me to be difficult) so the actual making and sewing isn't the big deal. I just want to make sure that the top isn't going to be flapping around on the frame. I attached an old pic of the car after I got the floor installed. about 7 years ago! thanks for the help guys!
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Old 05-05-2004, 06:21 AM
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oh and here is the reason that it took me 10 years to finish! I finally decided to quit and concentrate on my hot rod.
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Old 05-10-2004, 11:25 AM
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Try here. The old timers there might have a better idea of how to do this properly.
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any answers yet?

I have a 98 Suzuki X-90, which is a two seater targa topped coupe, that I'd love to make either a convertible or carson top for, to make it into a roadster. So, I'm interested as to what you've found out about making one for your roadster. I have seen some stuff on the web about how to make carson tops and frame them up, pad & cover them, but I have not seen how you're supposed to seal the rain out, or make your window grooves in it. Since I'm new, I'll need to look at back issue stuff to see if this has already been answered, but if there is a book on this subject, I'd like to own it. This trick of changing a coupe to a roadster has been done a billion times, so there ought to be good data on it somewhere. thanks guys
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