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Old 01-10-2011, 06:09 AM
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Removable cloth top for 4dr 1932

I would like to make a removable cloth bound top for my 32 chevy the area to cover is roughly four 4 ft by 8ft. What water proof material do i use, are there any thread on this

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First of all, you don't want to use anything like a plastic that will promote condensation under it. Although condensation will happen anyway, plastic will promote more.

My suggestion would be to use a good, breathable, boat cover material which would be a woven polyester like Top Notch, or a woven acrylic like Sunbrella. Most boat cover fabrics would be around 60" wide, so you can make this out of one piece 3 yards long. Also, you should sew this with polyester thread which is more UV resistant and color fast than nylon.

You could also use a car cover material, either by itself or as a liner for the boat cover material.
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Are you looking for a Carson style top?
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Nope just a flat sheet of fabric to cover where the wood an original bows were
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I replaced a top with a Hartz product. It was an acrylic/fiber mix on the outer surface and a cotton/poly on the inner. Here is some info I found with a quick search of Hartz. There are other options, but this give a good idea of what's out there. I wouldn't use straight sunbrella type fabic - it leaks.



What materials are available?

ALL the raw materials our manufacturer uses for their tops comes from Hartz. Hartz is THE name in canvas and vinyl raw materials. GM, FORD, Chrysler, European and Japanese manufacturer's all use Hartz material to produce the OEM tops. Most listings will specify what material they are made in.

1. Single Texture Pinpoint vinyl: This is a good, durable vinyl that matches the grain of many original tops from the 40's to the 80's. This material weighs 36 ounces per square yard. The outside is a pinpoint vinyl while the inside is lined with cloth. Standard inside cloth color is black. A tan interior cloth is available with select vinyl colors at an extra cost. Less expensive convertibles have been known to use this material. MOST aftermarket top seller's tout single texture vinyl as "the material the original OEM manufacturer used," when in fact most used double texture. To the untrained eye and hand it looks and may feel the same, but most cars that had a pinpoint vinyl top, built from the 40's to the 90's, used the double texture vinyl (Listed under #2). Although not the same, Single Texture Vinyl is still a magnificent replacement. It looks and feels nearly identical, will last almost as long, and for many restored vehicles that are garaged and covered, a single texture top could last 20 years or more if cared for properly. For a more economically priced top, Single textured vinyl is a great buy for your money. Any of our tops can be made in single texture pinpoint vinyl.

2. Double Texture Pinpoint vinyl: Sometimes called Euro vinyl, 80% of Muscle cars and 40's - early 90's convertibles used double texture vinyl as the OEM material. The outside is a pinpoint vinyl while the inside is lined with cloth. The standard interior color is black, tan cloth is also available with some colors at an extra cost. Double texture vinyl weighs 38 ounces per square yard. The texture is a pinpoint texture nearly identical to single texture pinpoint vinyl. Double texture pinpoint costs a little more than the single texture pinpoint, however it is a more durable top and will last a few years longer.

3. Single Texture Sailcloth vinyl: Many 90's convertibles such as Sebrings and Mustangs started using Sailcloth vinyl in place of pinpoint vinyl due to the fantastic texture. Standard interior color is black, gray interior cloth is available with some colors at an extra cost. The weight of Sailcloth vinyl is 36 ounces per square yard. Sailcloth vinyl material has a woven texture that resembles a "richer" cloth top. Color choices in Sailcloth vinyl are more limited than those in pinpoint vinyl.

4. Cabriolet Vinyl: This is the correct vinyl for Mazda Miata and also some VW applications. Cabriolet vinyl has a leather grain and the back is finished with black cloth. Cabriolet vinyl is 36 ounces per square yard. This material is only available in a few colors.

5. Stayfast Cloth: Stayfast is a tightly woven cloth canvas. The yarn is solution dyed BEFORE it is woven, creating a uniform color throughout. Domestic made or converted vehicles that came with a cloth top most likely used Stayfast cloth. Stayfast holds strong in both extremely hot and cold climates. Due to its richer look, Stayfast cloth can be more expensive. Stayfast color choices are limited and the white is unavailable. The interior side of Stayfast is black cloth standard and selected colors can be purchased with a tan interior cloth at an extra cost.

6. Sonnendeck Cloth Sonnedecke cloth is a high quality American made reproduction of the German cloth material. Although it is a reproduction of the German cloth it was and still is used as the original material on some German and European cars. The Sonnedecke cloth material is finished on the inside with a printed or textured tan cloth like the original material.

7. German Cloth German cloth is the premier Hartz material. German cloth is actually produced in Germany and imported by our manufacturer. This is a very dense cloth canvas material. It is finished on the inside with a printed or textured tan cloth like the original material.
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[QUOTE=CALI4N1A] I wouldn't use straight sunbrella type fabic - it leaks.



Sunbrella woven acrylic boat cover material does not leak, but it does breathe. Haartz (spelled with two "A"s) toppings are used to make convertible tops, and are very pricey. He's not looking to make a top, only a cover.

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I stand corrected. I've owned Sunbrella boat covers and they have been near waterproof - they only leaked when water had been pooled and sat after a hard rain (not a situation a car would experience -nor should my boats .) Great fabric and recommended.
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