Hardtops on boats



> Has anybody thought of making a hardtop (similar to a 57 T-Bird)
would be my
> preference?

Ed & Cheri

There was one available for the 1st gen Ford Mustang convertables.
It can be done.

The one thing that MUST be addresed if it's done, is escape plans
(don't want to be trapped in a sinking car). There needs to be a
latch that will hold up to hiway speeds and also be easily released
in case of emergency. I think original type hardware may be up to
the task. The Fiberglass top will weigh more that the soft top so it
will need stronger screws for safety.

Gord, you could mold one from a soft top to match the design and the
side windows will seal. Add some rollover protection, a liner and
interior lighting.


David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">What you actually want is targa - as in the 911.</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">That way you can still enjoy the "convertible experience" but also get rid of most of the noise which as we know comes from the back. </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Removable targa panels, one on drivers side one on passenger, solve the safety problem and are also easy to store and could be secured with the original Amphicar catches on windscreen rail. They are held at the backin rail/hoop of targa by pins - this rail/hoop could be strong enough to sit on. Also the part behind it could be perspex / plexiglas and curve around following the line of the convertible top well.</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">I did have some drawings somewhere - being made of Aluminium and perspex it would look contemporary but also be very light which is important - Amphicar is top heavy enough as anyway !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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