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YB Larry Youngblood
Englewood, Ohio, USA   USA
Let's drill some holes in the trunk lid and add a factory luggage rack...

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YB Larry Youngblood
Englewood, Ohio, USA   USA
Now let's take off the trunk lid and put a hardtop on it for awhile...


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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Drilling holes in painted bodywork has to be one of the most stressful jobs for me when working on a car.
I'm always petrified the drill bit is going to wander....

I like the look of the luggage rack! Fits in there very nicely.

Never seen a hardtop like that before, how do you get access?

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YB Larry Youngblood
Englewood, Ohio, USA   USA
Luggage rack kit included two drill bits, bit guide and and mounting template (a GM product). Easy to do. Just the hesitation/fear of putting four new holes in perfectly good trunk lid!

Hardtop is a no longer available item. Produced by EDAG back in the day. I found a new, never installed one on the Solstice Forum. The owner had several complete and some incomplete kits stored in Indiana. Drove over to pick it up and paid $700. Had to have it painted and then had the stripes put on. A guy has a new/never installed top for sale right now on the Solstice Forum Trader section.

A fairly rare top, it draws a lot of attention. Have had the car in several local car shows and people are always asking what kind of car it is. Even in the summer now, I usually leave the top on just to take the car to local cruise-ins. I do take it off once in awhile to enjoy the wind in the hair. Takes about 45 minutes to remove it and install the trunk lid back on the car.

Of course, Smoothline makes a couple versions of a hardtop for the Solstice. Much smaller, similar to what they have for the MGB, etc.

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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
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Thanks for the info! $700 for a brand new hardtop isn't bad at all.

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YB Larry Youngblood
Englewood, Ohio, USA   USA
Been awhile since I have been here! Added some more mods to the car. Installing new fiberglass fenders now. Will try to update in the near future.

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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Hey Larry, welcome back. Are the new fenders for aesthetics or weight or both? Painting them yourself?



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YB Larry Youngblood
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Here is what the new fender will look like on the car. A little rough as is. Hairline cracks in gelcoat and a crack or two as delivered. Needs body work anyway so why send them back. They are presently at the body shop being fine tuned and painted black.

Kind of a chore to mount due to scoops going inwards. On the drivers side, the scoop hits the windshield washer tank. Had to move it back. On the the passenger side, had to trim the battery tray and move the batter back about an inch.

The fender mounting frames or brackets required major surgery as depicted in the pictures. Again, due to the scoops being on the inside vrs outside. Hash mark areas will be cut out. No structural involvement, there.

I just like doing something different on my toy cars. No weight saving gain. Just like the looks of this fender over others that are available.

Hope to have fenders back from body shop and mounted on car in the very near future.

I would do the work myself but a closed garage in the winter is not conducive to fiberglass dust and paint fumes.


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1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Looks sharp! Good choice with the black, easy to match. My never-ending rally car build is all white for exactly the same reason.



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YB Larry Youngblood
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Making some progress with fenders and a couple of backslides. During the mounting process, two cracks formed near the bottom where the fender rolls under. Fenders will stay on car and be repaired in place. Probably another month before completion as I have to head back to Georgia for a few a weeks.



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