Home-made Hardtop Stand

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Home-made Hardtop Stand

Post by paulc_bkk » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:08 am

I recently picked up a hardtop for my E85, and pulled out the old hardtop stand I had made for my E36 convertible hardtop. It fits perfectly, so I thought I'd share details here for anyone who might not want to buy the generic hardtop stands from ebay...

Not exactly a conventional how to, but....

Here's the plans using measurements taken from another forum:
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I had a local metalwork shop use those measurements and I ended up with this
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A lick of paint and the addition of some foam complete it
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The hardtop sits perfectly upright and is completely secure
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Excuse the sagging headliner - I've already removed it and I plan on getting it re-covered soon
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All in all, it only cost the equivalent of around £25 to put together.

Hopefully this post can inspire others to put together their own hardtop stand.

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Home-made Hardtop Stand

Post by Sidewaze Samm » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm

:thumbsup:
I was going to have a go using wood, but maybe I'll now look into metal with a local fabricator.

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Home-made Hardtop Stand

Post by maxman » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:58 pm

I made one out of 22mm copper pipe and then covered with pipe insulation .Removed the hardtop today ,I forgot how heavy it was as it had to go upstairs.
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Home-made Hardtop Stand

Post by Zoomer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:00 pm

paulc_bkk wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:08 am
I recently picked up a hardtop for my E85, and pulled out the old hardtop stand I had made for my E36 convertible hardtop. It fits perfectly, so I thought I'd share details here for anyone who might not want to buy the generic hardtop stands from ebay...

Not exactly a conventional how to, but....

Here's the plans using measurements taken from another forum:
IMG_1831.JPG

I had a local metalwork shop use those measurements and I ended up with this
Picture 2888.jpg

A lick of paint and the addition of some foam complete it
IMG_1833 (2).JPG

The hardtop sits perfectly upright and is completely secure
IMG_1869.JPG

Excuse the sagging headliner - I've already removed it and I plan on getting it re-covered soon
IMG_1871.JPG

All in all, it only cost the equivalent of around £25 to put together.

Hopefully this post can inspire others to put together their own hardtop stand.
Looks like a cracking job :thumbsup:
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Home-made Hardtop Stand

Post by Bumpy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:48 am

maxman wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:58 pm
Removed the hardtop today ,I forgot how heavy it was as it had to go upstairs.
It's one of those things learned,
The hard top does get heavier every year!

Bumpy

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