Soft Top finally done & tested


Aug 25, 2006
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You guys have done so much work on this, I hate to ask for more, but I'm hesitant to do any drilling on the car. Is there any way you can post just a couple of more pics showing a closer shot of the actual attachment points? I'm sending my car up to gt guys this week and trying to collect just a little more info. A close up of the header bar and quick connect fasteners behind the seat would be a huge help.
thanks so much,
gtx-007
I understand your concern however consider this;

The gal did not come with the solicited top because it was never finished however if it had been there would have been the applicable holes drilled.

In this case there are a couple small holes drilled in the front header within the trough that secures the recessed bar to which the front of the canvass slides into and then at the rear behind the headrest there is a solo hole drilled on both sides with a Riv-Nut is installed which is used to secure the rear assembly in position; an assembly that has a true glass back window.

When you remove the top the holes behind the seat are not only hidden but there is also a nice thumb screw that is inserted so that it looks nice. As for the retaining bar located in the front trough; there is no reason for it to ever be removed.

Now it is not my desire to encourage anything but rather to share that once integrated it looks nice and serves at least 3 significant purposes;

1.Sun screen for the summer during which the A/C can be used and enjoyed
2.An element of security aka peace of mind when remotely parked
3.Protection from rain should you find yourself caught in it; no it is not 100% water tight however it is a great stop gap measure.

All the best with your decision

Shadowman
 

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I am also interested in this top for my GTX 1. Who does the fitting? I live in Colorado.
Sorry Andy,

I was on vacation when this question was posted. Steve Hemstock does it currently. He is out of WI., his number is 715-702-2727. But if you give him a call he can help you with any questions. Also Shadowman can do the install. He is out of No. California. PM him if desired.
And there is the GT Guys, see below.
 
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Kelly-X1

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Thanks Shadowman,
I am new to GT ownership and the forum, but one thing I've gathered so far is that you are held in high esteem on the board and I can't imagine anything but a top-notch presentation coming from your operation. I have put the top on my shopping list, expect an order from gt guys in the next week.
thanks,
 

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Soft top

Here is the second car done with the new soft top. Thank you Kelly (GTX1-007) for sending your car to us for the grocery list of mods that you wanted to do. Here are some pics of the new top on his car. Overall I would say that it is a nice kit that serves a range of purposes. We tested this car to about 80mph and found a little extra wind noise compared to normal GT but it does have a canvas top on it. It come apart in 8 pieces that can be folded up and put in the front of the car and behind the seats. Multiple pieces but it can be put in the car and only used when wanted to. The rear glass area is water tight and will hold water so you don't have to worry about getting the subwoofer wet. Around the door windows will have to be fit per car in order to put the sealing surfaces in the correct position and will keep 99% of the water out. We didn't put water on this one but in one of my many conversations with Steve he says that this top is not waterproof but water resistant. On this car the center bars are painted silver to match the look of the car and it has the lights in there as well. Hopefully when Kelly gets back from vaca he can add to this as the latest version will be waiting for him when he returns.
The install wasn't too bad but will take some time especially with making a template and sending it back to Steve for him to build the kit to the car.
 

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Aug 25, 2006
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Thanks Shadowman,
I am new to GT ownership and the forum, but one thing I've gathered so far is that you are held in high esteem on the board and I can't imagine anything but a top-notch presentation coming from your operation. I have put the top on my shopping list, expect an order from gt guys in the next week.
thanks,
Well then; welcome aboard

Now as for the kind words as shared; they are greatly appreciate however let me be clear; the GTX-1 is a wonderful gal and one that most IMO will find even greater enjoyment having some sort of a top option however it is important to understand and accept that these are "roadsters" and the canvass top even though a wonderful addition is exactly this; an addition to rather than a component of.

I welcome your call or email any time should you have any questions

All the best

Shadowman
 

RALPHIE

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Interesting Diffuser - was that standard on the GTX1, or is it an aftermarket?
 

thegtguy

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Interesting Diffuser - was that standard on the GTX1, or is it an aftermarket?
That was an option when they (Gennadi) were building the X1's. On this car we did a CDC bumper delete and kept that diffuser and modified his cf exhaust bezel from his bumper to go with the theme.
On another note we now have the ability replace those diffusers, as we had to replace one from a third party shipping damage. A new tool was made and we can supply those to X1 owners or anyone else.
 

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A new tool was made and we can supply those to X1 owners or anyone else.
Well that's good to know. :thumbsup
 

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Nice job as always. For me it will be an emergency top which may never see road use. As such, it's mighty fine. :cheers
 

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I just got all my parts put on for a finished product, VERY NICE job. I'm thinking about just leaving mine on most of the time; I don't think the top detracts one bit from the overall kickassedness of the car and in a way I think it looks more streamlined.

Thanks to the John Galts of the group, those that innovate and always look for a better engine to run the world, the rest of us appreciate it. I'm not ready to shrug just yet.
 

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My thanks to all involved! Bill, especially to you for working with me as far back as the time spent with the Genaddi people. Are we still going with a dark blue color? Hope so.
Tom
 

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Rick,
Many thanks to you also for making your car availible and your involvement in many ways to move this project forward and finally to completion!
Tom
 

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It is ILLEGAL to own an X1 and leave the top on at all times!!!
 

Shelby#18

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Thanks Rick, et al. It looks great! I'll call Steve Monday. :cheers
Rick,
Many thanks to you also for making your car availible and your involvement in many ways to move this project forward and finally to completion!
Tom

Thanks guys, it's been a long time in coming. I'm happy for us all, now there will be no excuse for not coming to the Rally! :biggrin
 

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Steve sure does nice work!!
I am glad for you !
 
Aug 25, 2006
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My thanks to all involved! Bill, especially to you for working with me as far back as the time spent with the Genaddi people. Are we still going with a dark blue color? Hope so.
Tom
You are welcome and yes sir

Shadowman
 

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Very nice work :thumbsup






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That looks WAY better than the Ferrari factory's solution for the 550 Barchetta!
 

Shelby#18

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I just spoke with Steve this morning and he is starting the next batch of tops. An improvement has been made so that a template is no longer needed. He mentioned that if you want a top before the Rally your order must be placed very soon.

Another item that he has come up with is a cover for the cover. Made out of Nylon to make the top completely watertight if it is parked outdoors. It folds up to about the size of your fist when not needed. I can't remember who already received it, but if they could post photo's that would be great.
 

Kirby Vieira

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Thanks Rick, et al. It looks great! I'll call Steve Monday. :cheers