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7/29/13 4:43pm - Original Message: 'T-Top Storage Rack'
herbh
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Columbus, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe T-Top

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Does anybody know of a source for a T-Top Storage Rack?  I would like to take the T-Tops off and leave them in my garage but the storage bags that come with the car are not good for that.  I would like something with wheels and not permanently mounted to the wall.  I don't have and don't want a luggage rack.

Alternately has anybody tried the nylon storage "suitcase" like storage cases sold by a couple of aftermarket parts places.  They look like they might work for this purpose.

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7/29/13 5:48pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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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.

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I have the storage suite case. It works but I would not want to use the handles in a long term storage situation.   


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7/30/13 9:13am - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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goldens bridge, NY - USA

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1972 T-Top 350 auto, matching numbers,Blue, ac

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Built one out of a mover' s dolly, 6 lengths of PVC pipe 2 feet in length(covered with pipe insulation) Attach pipe to dolly - 3 rows of two. nd there you have it. A bubba built movable storage rack Big Al


. Panels will sit like two sliced of bread in a toaster

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7/30/13 3:12pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Thanks guys for the information.  Seems like nobody makes a portable rack.  I am afraid of the suitcase style because my t-tops are glass and very heavy.  They are just not easy to handle plus I worry about scratching them.  Big Al could you post a picture of your home-made rack.  It sounds exactly like what I am looking for.  Maybe I can jury-rig something like it.

Thanks,

Herb


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7/30/13 6:56pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Herb. I sold it so no pic . Go to harbor freight ( 2 in Columbus area) They sell wooden movers dollies Wooden ones come in two sizes I used the larger one $ 16. At Home Depot , lowes or hardware store pick up 12 feet of PVC piping and screw flanges ( they look like the pole hangers in your closet) 6 Take the dolly and attaché. A2 ft long pone at each corner. Then on the short side , attach a pole between the two end poles Think of the panels as slices of bread in a toaster I drilled holes for the pipe to set into dolly and secured with the flanges. ,they I took foam pipe insulation an put in around The 6 pipes ( just to protect the tops) Hope this helps Al

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7/30/13 8:21pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Al -  That gives me a pretty good idea of what you did.  Not exactly sure what the pole flanges are but I will see if I can figure it out.  How did you push the thing around?  Use the upright pipes kinds like handles?

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7/30/13 8:28pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Herb. Flanges look like the round rod hangers used on the wooden hanger pole in your closet Like a top hat Where the pipe fits down inthru the top of the hat and the brim in attached to the dolly with screws So it looks like. _|. L. Pipe would fit down thru the fitting. Hope this helps Al

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7/30/13 8:31pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Herb. Forgot yes you can use the piped or grab ahold of one of the panels to move the dolly

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7/31/13 8:37am - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

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The flange looks like this:
 
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7/31/13 3:49pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Columbus, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe T-Top

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Guys - Thanks for the feedback.  Now I know what I am looking for and how to build this thing.  It should be exactly what I want when I am done.  I checked out Harbor Freight - they want $12 for the dolly and another $10 for a swivel handle to move it around.  Pretty cheap. 

One more question, or maybe I missed it, how do you attached the PVC pipe to the flange?

Herb


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7/31/13 4:11pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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3 screws each. Getter done! AL

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7/31/13 4:23pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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This gives you an idea of what it is...kinda...it's a crude drawing, but....I ain't no artist! LOL



The PCV pipe needs to be glued into the flanges, unless the flanges you get have screw holes in the sides to insert set screws.

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7/31/13 5:43pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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goldens bridge, NY - USA

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Joel. YOU DA BEST I tried to do a drawing intext but it would not stay as a pic . I Sudda made a drawing and then attach/ glue it Thanks, AL. PS herb can get fancy and bore holes int the dolly for the pipes to set in the glue or screw to the flange

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7/31/13 8:43pm - Reply: 'Re: T-Top Storage Rack'
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Columbus, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe T-Top

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WOW!  Have you guys been a lot of help.  It is really clear to me now how to build this.  I really have myself a nice little project here with plenty of guidance.  Smile

Herb


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