S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

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S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby Draynor » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:42 pm

Hey everybody, just joined NICO! Usually just on the Datsun forums.

Here is my 510...

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Anyway, a couple people have told me to make a thread on here, so here it is.

Little backround,
Im Derek, 20 years old and a semiconductor/aerospace Tig welder/fabricator.

I have always wanted a s13 vert with a hardtop. I picked up my first vert last year but ended up selling the shell because I pulled the sr20det for my 510.

So with that vert gone, I didn't get to do the project.

Fast forward to August 2015...

Picked up A 93 240sx convertible with a broken soft top frame from a customer at my buddy's shop, drove it home for $850!

My buddy is lending a hand with this project since it is so awkward to move around by yourself. We have about 40 hours into it so far.

The soft top frame snapped on PO, due to flying open while driving.

and so it begins...

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Broken top, time to go!

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Picked up a S13 coupe roof from a buddy for $50!

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First mock up.

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Retained the factory soft top sealing plate and latches for the front!

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Took off the factory convertible quarter panel trim and cut the lip of the QP down a 1/4", starting to fit better!

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These next pics are from 10/23/15.

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ready for a rear window!

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Last night I picked up the last few pieces I need to finish this up. Got a coupe rear window and all the trim pieces for the roof for $80! It was unbelievably hard to find a used rear coupe window!!!

The window is just sitting there, but fits great! The door Windows line up perfect, just need to get the window trim and seals cut to length and fit up with the front edge.

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That's all I have for now, I'm getting excited, close to time for the road! I need to work on some latches for the C pillars and a seal. There will be locating studs on the B pillars.

Also a lot of people have been asking about this. The top so far with all the factory coupe glass, weighs under 100lbs!


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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby biggie » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:24 am

Good work, hope all goes well.

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby project//s13 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:47 am

looks good

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby Topless_S13 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:30 pm

I have ran across a few pictures of this project on instagram, looks good man!

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby AZhitman » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:10 pm

Sonofabeach!

Dude, that's freaking awesome. People have been chattering about doing a removable hardtop for an S13 vert since the late 90's... I even did some preliminary work trying to 'mad-scientist' something for my 'vert back in the day.

I'm impressed.

So, I'm thinking the Miata side latches might be a good option for the B-pillars. The rear should probably 'float,' with maybe a fat rubber seal on the decklid, unless you're planning on some serious stiffening of the chassis - the last thing you want is for everything to fit nice sitting still, only to find out it's intolerable (or dangerous) when taking a corner (or flexing the chassis, like entering a driveway at an angle).

Nicely done so far, sir. Mad props!

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby Topless_S13 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:56 pm

The real question is, would you make another one? lol

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby DeXteR » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:11 am

Awesome. Like Greg mentioned, this is talked about frequently, seldom attempted, and never executed well. This looks promising. Keep up the good work.

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby Draynor » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:05 pm

Thanks everyone, the comments are much appreciated!

I got the door window seals and trim fit up, I'll snap a pic when I have some time. In the middle of moving to a shop space finally!!!

I have thought about it, and I will make a mold of the roof so it can be duplicated out of fiberglass or possibly carbon fiber! But Im not going to learn how to do it, or at least any time soon, I'm a metal guy lol.

If someone knows of a quality fiberglass shop, let me know!

Or any good training books or sites I could read on! I'm sure I can learn to lay fiberglsss, just gotta find the time!

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby o0Syn » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:36 pm

Any updates on this awesomeness?

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby GrinnReaper » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:04 pm

This is exciting to me..! Greg would know... I am finally looping back and have s13 vert plans like the Deathstar.

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Re: S13 Convertible, Removable Hardtop Build

Postby Topless_S13 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:31 pm

Whatever came of this project? I want to know what the finished product looks like!


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