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  1. #21 Re: Hard top wanted 
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggiesworld View Post
    I suppose the most difficult step would be to get a design that pleases everyone. The couple of examples I've seen on this thread to date wouldn't get me hurrying to get my cheque book. Its a case of getting one that looks as good on the Cabrio as the hard top looks on the Berlinetta.
    I second that, the blue Berli I posted a pic of above looks great. I think the Cabrio hard tops pictured are too square.
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    Found another hard topped Cabrio in the gallery whilst looking at fuel caps.

    https://www.marlinownersclub.com/wpp...&image_id=2430
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    - 9th Custodian of JRR 929D, the Triumph Vitesse based special Paul Moorehouse built prior to the Triumph based Roadster kits.
    - 8th owner of Roadster chassis number 2395. Kit manufactured 1983, first registered in 1987. Now owned by Barry!
    - Builder of chassis number 2325 (PKK 989M) in the mid 80's. Now owned by Eric & Lynne in the NE of England.
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    That was Victor Shadforths S918... I understand that he built the Targa Top.

    It's now on Dave Kitsons E948...

    This 2014 pic is in the Gallery
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    Not wishing to put a damper on this , but who would own the mould supposing enough parties were interested? Cost of having said hardtop painted /trimmed/heated rear window etc seemingly hasn't been taken into account. It's not going to be a couple of hundred quid I'm afraid.
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    My earlier suggestions regarding costs etc still stand as I anticipated a unit cost for a bare GRP hard top with fittings ready for individuals to go their own way with regarding finishing: I would probaly have mine covered in Vinyl. to complement the colour of the body. A heated rear window would (perhaps) have to be custom made, which would indeed add hugely to the cost, but I'm not sure I would bother...I have excellent door mirrors. As to ownership of the mould, the Club does not (as far as I know) have premises for storing one...so I had assumed that the creator / manufacturer would retain ownership. I wonder what the Matthews did with the original SWB Cabrio hard top mould ?
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    On a slight tangent, I had an LWB Roadster hardtop made from a mould which has been mentioned on the forum. I have an SWB Roadster and spent a while looking at it trying to think how to shorten it. I got epoxy resin and some bias fiberglass cloth. I cut out a slice just behind the screen and taped the two edges together, simples? NO No No!! Making edges meet not simples. but we are on the way. Shame I was too busy to take photos. I'll try tomorrow. I passed on the mould but it was a complicated bit of kit with lots of bits and would have been expensive to make. As has been said, the Berli hardtop looks great but designing one for a Cabrio will not be easy.
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    A chap on the Marlin Facebook page claims to have a Hunter hardtop mould!!
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