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2/18/13 6:10pm - Original Message: 'Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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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.
 
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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.


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2/17/13 8:03pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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can be a pain in the ^&% mine we had to drill out. If your not replacing it you will have a bunch of holes that will have to be fixed.

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2/17/13 8:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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I'm thinnkin of removing mine too, but the wife has too much luggage Ouch

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2/17/13 8:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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1977 corvette

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Best thing I ever did, just have to fill the holes and paint it!Thumbs Up

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2/17/13 10:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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Mine's a '79, so I don't have a luggage carrier.
 
If I had a '77 or earlier I'd definitely keep it on the car.
 
IMHO the luggage carriers which are in good shape enhance the look of a C3.
 
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2/18/13 10:26am - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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I always thought the "luggage" rack was intended to carry the T-Tops (at least on coupes) and the luggage was supposed to go on the inside.  

Regardless...no one buys a C3 (or really any other generation Vette) for its ability to carry luggage.


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2/18/13 12:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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Had to have a little laugh, as I am adding a stainless rack to my 76. Why, because I want to travel with luggage and T-tops off....so mine will be a t-top rack for road trips!

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2/18/13 2:35pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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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.




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2/18/13 1:52pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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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....Censored
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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2/18/13 5:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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Mine came without the rack and that was just the way I wanted it. I can get two lawn chairs and a soft cooler in the back with the t-tops off; that's about all I ever need to carry. LOL
 
Repairing the holes would be a chore but it could be done.


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2/20/13 10:36pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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nextdoor76 said: Had to have a little laugh, as I am adding a stainless rack to my 76. Why, because I want to travel with luggage and T-tops off....so mine will be a t-top rack for road trips!



Ron, I have to say I'd use it for holding a big cooler..... cause if your pushing that thing down the road your guna need something close by to drink. Sorry...... I'm ebo.....

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2/22/13 3:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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LOL...by the way that is my Brother who is doing the pushing...a Mustang nut...and he got a few wish remarks from his FORD club for pushing a Chevy!!!
 
PS..got the "T" holder...so to many $$$ into this to back out now....LOL


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2/23/13 12:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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nextdoor76 said: LOL...by the way that is my Brother who is doing the pushing...a Mustang nut...and he got a few wish remarks from his FORD club for pushing a Chevy!!!
 
PS..got the "T" holder...so to many $$$ into this to back out now....LOL



Ron, ahhhh brotherly love.....that's too funny. Can't wait to see the results. Ebo

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2/23/13 1:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear Deck Luggage Carrier'
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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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