I've been toying with the idea of removing the rear luggage carrier on my 77. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it too much of a hassle? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Well, after reading all the suggestions, and knowing that if I remove the carrier and plug the holes, I'll be wanting new paint as well. That's not in the cards right now. so I guess I'll leave things as they are for the time being. Thanks for your input.
Vette(s): 1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.
Just goes to show everyone to his own.
I have the T-top carrier holes in my 82. I got tired of trying to find the rack so I will be plugging them before I paint later this year.
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas
The problem with using the luggage carrier for the t-tops is....there really ain't no way to strap them on there without damaging the paint...or having them fly off as you run down the road. Not a good feeling.... The '77 racks have provisions(pins) for using the "T-Top carrier brackets", that will fit the tops, AND strap them down safely. You can get a '77 rack easily, but getting the bracket set-up is next to impossible, without having to get a 2nd mortgage the house.
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Vette(s): 1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.
I installed a stainless steel carrier to my 73 & 77. As for the straps damaging the paint I just use some thick rubber tape on the straps where the seam is. If the t-tops are installed properly they won't come off. On my 73 the frt bracket on the carrier moved so I drilled 2 holes in the bracket & taped them , then installed a allen screw to thighen the bracket to the rails.
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