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  1. #1 Soft top roof 
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    I can see the soft top roof for Roadster has been discussed before but the links to suppliers / upholsterers are expired. Does anyone have a contact to make new soft top roofs ? Everyone I have contacted so far just want to supply standard after market hoods.
    I am in Gloucestershire but obviously happy to travel for a good reccomend.

    Thanks

    John
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  2. #2 Re: Soft top roof 
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    The original patterns are long gone.
    Your only choice is to go bespoke from a convenient trimmer, assuming you have the framework!
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  3. #3 Re: Soft top roof 
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    I started making my own last year, I have not quite finished it because other things got in the way so I have not accepted defeat yet.
    Check my roadster rebuild from Cornwall diary.
    In my view owning a kit car means give it a go.
    1275 Marina/Ital based LWB Roadster in the process of a ground up rebuild.
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  4. #4 Re: Soft top roof 
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    Hi John, see my earlier post, "Recommendation for hood/seat repairs"
    If you've got the old one for a pattern I'm pretty sure he'd sort you out. He mainly does canal boat covers and seat. He's based near Chester.
    Gareth.
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  5. #5 Re: Soft top roof 
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    John

    I used a company by Oxford for mine. All Wheel Trim at Whitney, not cheap, but I was very happy with the result.

    Address: Unit H/Country Pk/Avenue Two, Witney OX28 4YD

    Phone: 01993 776800
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  6. #6 Re: Soft top roof 
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    John - Please see https://wheelspin.info/marlin-roadster/ and then please Contact Me so I can keep my Register of Trials Marlins up to date. I am in Gloucestershire, so if you want to see how a Marlin hood should work, you have my email address from the website.
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  7. #7 Re: Soft top roof 
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    Witney is an awful lot closer to Gloucestershire [ just up the A40 ] than Chester ... [What happened to the coach trimmer from Gloucester/Cheltenham ? - 'Rouse' … I think was the name.]
    Last edited by marlin1984; 15-01-2020 at 10:20 AM.
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  8. #8 Re: Soft top roof 
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    The journey goes on, found a chap from Warwick, quoted £650 then viewed car and wanted £1100. Something to do with zip open door leaf panels.

    so I am still looking, might have to get the sewing machine out !

    john
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    Ouch that is a lot.
    I started making my own, still not quite finished yet. Check out my Rebuild diary from Cornwall.
    I started off with a cardboard template and also used what was left of the old one to give me an idea of it’s shape and how it’s stitched together. I did finished the zip in doors.
    I have used some cheaper black canvas fabric which is supposed to be water proof but may upgrade when I have nothing else to do (probably never happen).
    If you do go down this same route get yourself a heavy duty sewing machine as the fabric and flexible glass is quite thick.
    Good luck and keep us posted.
    1275 Marina/Ital based LWB Roadster in the process of a ground up rebuild.
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  10. #10 Re: Soft top roof 
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    "The journey goes on, found a chap from Warwick, quoted £650 then viewed car and wanted £1100. Something to do with zip open door leaf panels. "


    Sounds like an 'I don't want to do it.' price … Or he thought you looked smart and had money to burn.
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