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  • From: Thailand
Convertible Tops
Posted by Olderisbetter on Monday, June 15, 2015 9:11 PM

Not exactly interior.....but I would like to know if anyone has scratch built a convertible top for a top up display model. I want to build a 57 Ford Sunliner with a top up. I can not find a Sunliner model. All I can find is a 57 Ford Skyliner (Hardtop Comvertible). My plan is to use a 57 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop and cut the roof off. Then make a soft type convertible  top for it. Does not have to actually be soft, can be made from hard material. Any suggestions or experience to share? Thanks

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, June 15, 2015 10:09 PM

The hardtop roof removal is just the tip of the iceberg, but don't let that deter you. It helps to temporarily install the windshield (protected with masking tape inside and out) in order to get a nice cut along the windshield header. The sunvisors can be attached later to the windshield frame positioned to support the front of the convertible top. For my recreation of the "Tommy Boy '67 GTX" I used a factory shop manual for reference in order to replicate the metal frame for the convertible top. I then cut a convertible top from a black umbrella storage sleeve since the "grain" pattern was very small. I white-glued the top in place along the outer edges. (The top turned out so well that I actually was considering abandoning the project idea and buiding a stock GTX convertible. However, I did go ahead and make the "deer damage" to the top and completed the project as planned.) It's really not too difficult with good reference material and some imagination. Also remember that the rear seat needs to be narrowed and the interior quarter trim panels modified to create the "pockets" for the area where the folding top mechanism on the 1:1 would reside. 

 

chucky

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, June 15, 2015 10:17 PM

You could make life easy for yourself & order the resin '58 Ford up-top from Modelhaus.

It may not be an exact fit, but my guess is it would work with some minor modifications.

Steve

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Posted by Olderisbetter on Monday, June 15, 2015 10:25 PM

Chucky

Thanks for the reply with pics. Yes, umbrella cloth...sounds about right. Also like the idea about using factory manual for framework. However I live in Thailand, not sure I can find a factory manual here. mayb on the web?

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Posted by Olderisbetter on Monday, June 15, 2015 10:29 PM

Steve that would work I'm sure. Probably the interior would be correct also, if it comes with interior.. My problem is, living in Thailand it cost a minimum of $25.00 shipping, plus cost of the model itself. Thanks

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Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 11:26 AM

I live in Florida, and we have online access to repair manuals via the Public Library. My library card (how many people still have one?) allows me to access the manuals from home.

Does a similar environment exist in Thailand?

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by Olderisbetter on Saturday, June 20, 2015 3:46 AM

BigTall

Now I see what you meant. I could order just the uptop from Modelhaus. Not the whole kit. I am a reborn modeler. Started in about 1955...quit about 1961. Just re-entered the hobby. So much to learn. I have ordered the uptop and some other items I needed. Thx for the tip.

Dennis

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Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:06 AM

Maybe these will help...

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:42 PM

Olderisbetter

BigTall

Now I see what you meant. I could order just the uptop from Modelhaus. Not the whole kit. I am a reborn modeler. Started in about 1955...quit about 1961. Just re-entered the hobby. So much to learn. I have ordered the uptop and some other items I needed. Thx for the tip.

Dennis

 

 

Sorry, I should have been clearer.

The model I posted is an original AMT kit. I just ordered the up-top & the continental kit from Modelhaus.

Just liked the look of the '58 Ford with the top up.

 

Steve

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Posted by dragon3870 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:42 PM

For convertable tops i use the blue shop towels on the roll and a white glue water solution  put plastic wrap on the existing top drape the wet towel over let dry and peal off the plastic wrap  cut out window areas and use some strip stock styrere to make frame and rain gutter trim works out superb

David V Davis

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, July 27, 2015 5:33 PM

awesome gtx, chuck. although when you mentioned umbrella fabric, i was thinking your wife going around with holes in her brolly

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, July 27, 2015 11:31 PM

aussiemuscle308

awesome gtx, chuck. although when you mentioned umbrella fabric, i was thinking your wife going around with holes in her brolly

 

aussiemuscle308

awesome gtx, chuck. although when you mentioned umbrella fabric, i was thinking your wife going around with holes in her brolly

 

Thanks! The fabric was from the storage sleeve from the deceased umbrella. My only other choice was to cut some fine-grained vinyl from my Rusty Wallace Miller Draft NASCAR jacket which has seen better days, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut into it. It just goes to show you that hobby materials can be found in unlikely places. I suppose the "brolly" in your photo is for when the forecast calls for "scattered showers". Laugh

chucky

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, March 12, 2016 1:46 PM

That is awesome . I didn't know you could get a Brolly with portholes .That would prevent an old codger from the U.S. who walks into buildings with a regular Brolly ( I don't like raindrops on my glasses ) LOL.LOL. So I could see, where the heck I was going ! O.C.G.

gjgeracci
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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, March 12, 2016 1:52 PM

Hi;

    I used , years ago , men's handkerchiefs .You know , the white ones . Made the top frame from mildly stretched sprue and then added the  material . It is a very fine weave so it doesn't look out of scale . I would say "ask my Dad ", I used one of his . Oh ! boy that was an expensive top . My butt found that out !

      Dad liked it anyway ! O.C.G.

gjgeracci
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Posted by David Smith on Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:29 PM

Olderisbetter

Not exactly interior.....but I would like to know if anyone has scratch built a convertible top for a top up display model. I want to build a 57 Ford Sunliner with a top up. I can not find a Sunliner model. All I can find is a 57 Ford Skyliner (Hardtop Comvertible). My plan is to use a 57 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop and cut the roof off. Then make a soft type convertible  top for it. Does not have to actually be soft, can be made from hard material. Any suggestions or experience to share? Thanks

 

[quote user="Olderisbetter"]

Not exactly interior.....but I would like to know if anyone has scratch built a convertible top for a top up display model. I want to build a 57 Ford Sunliner with a top up. I can not find a Sunliner model. All I can find is a 57 Ford Skyliner (Hardtop Comvertible). My plan is to use a 57 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop and cut the roof off. Then make a soft type convertible  top for it. Does not have to actually be soft, can be made from hard material. Any suggestions or experience to share? Thank

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