Soft Top finally done & tested


Andy

GT Owner
Jun 6, 2006
17
Soft top

I am also interested in this top for my GTX 1. Who does the fitting? I live in Colorado.
 
Thanks for the kind feed back boys, I'm very glad you like it.:thumbsup
 
Aug 25, 2006
4,436
Hello all X1 owners. I'm happy to announce that our wait for a soft top is finally over. This has been in development since 2007. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Steve Hemstock for taking this job on, and persevering through some really difficult challenges. Shadowman, for all his time on how to make the parts friendlier to the cars, the machinist, and us owners. And I can't leave out Kip for his advice on various parts of the project. Big :thumbsup to all of you.

The price from Steve is $6,500. You will need to contact him for instructions on what he needs to get your top done. It's basically a pattern that is drawn onto a piece of plastic he'll provide you with. His number is 715-702-2727.

Steve tested the car to little over 100, and reported that there is no wind noise, and no squeaking. He's to chicken to drive my car any faster. :lol He also poured water down the back and nothing got through. You might notice the water stains in the photo, those are from the previous Genaddi supplied window.:frown The car hasn't been through a downpour yet, but Steve feels confident that it shouldn't leak.

The top can be stowed behind the seats, or in the front bonnet. :wink

Since photo's are always a must on this forum......
Top on

Rear View, real glass

Inside View Rear Glass

Top Bars, even though it doesn't show well these are White. I'm thinking of having the stripes carried through the other parts on the back as well, but I'll have that done out here.

Top and side bars, the one on the drivers door is off.

Rear View doors open

Notice the GTX1 on the underside of the bars. Those are courtesy lights.:thumbsup


Thank god this is finally over. :thumbsup
Thank you for the wonderful comments

This was truly a very long project with numerous parcels back and forth between Steve and I as we used another owner's GTX-1 aka Piana to create the patterns and confirm the fit and then ultimately Rick's gal was the first to receive the final hardware. At this time Piana's top is being created.

Takes care

Shadowman
 

anya

NGT,GT/GTX1 Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jan 31, 2008
167
Seattle
How do you make the doors open like that? Top looks GREAT!

Jim
 

Kelly-X1

Ex GT Owner (Temporarily)
Mark IV Lifetime
May 24, 2009
94
RV-Nomad, USA
Is there any drilling required or it's just all held in place by pressure of the frame? I need this, what's the production schedule and estimated delivery if I arrange payment Mon/Tues.

Looks awesome, great work.
 

Shelby#18

GTX1 Owner/Moderator
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Dec 15, 2006
1,622
Nev./So. Cal./Minn.
Hello all X1 owners. I'm happy to announce that our wait for a soft top is finally over. This has been in development since 2007. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Steve Hemstock for taking this job on, and persevering through some really difficult challenges. Shadowman, for all his time on how to make the parts friendlier to the cars, the machinist, and us owners. And I can't leave out Kip for his advice on various parts of the project. Big :thumbsup to all of you.

The price from Steve is $6,500. You will need to contact him for instructions on what he needs to get your top done. It's basically a pattern that is drawn onto a piece of plastic he'll provide you with. His number is 715-702-2727.

Steve tested the car to little over 100, and reported that there is no wind noise, and no squeaking. He's to chicken to drive my car any faster. :lol He also poured water down the back and nothing got through. You might notice the water stains in the photo, those are from the previous Genaddi supplied window.:frown There is a concern in the triangle A Pillar / Door area that might leak if the car is sitting in a downpour. I'm hoping that Kips new door cap will help, the car will be going to him after a visit to the GT Guys later this week.

The top can be stowed behind the seats, or in the front bonnet. :wink

Since photo's are always a must on this forum......
Top on

Rear View, real glass

Inside View Rear Glass

Top Bars, even though it doesn't show well these are White. I'm thinking of having the stripes carried through the other parts on the back as well, but I'll have that done out here.

Top and side bars, the one on the drivers door is off.

Rear View doors open

Notice the GTX1 on the underside of the bars. Those are courtesy lights.:thumbsup


Thank god this is finally over. :thumbsup
 
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Jason's Auto Spa

Well-known member
May 22, 2007
1,272
IL & AZ
The craftmanship looks precise and the courtesy lights are one of the coolest things I've ever seen, Rick. WOW! :eek
 

shelbyelite

PERMANENTLY BANNED
May 10, 2007
1
Looks great! Thank you for all you have done for all the other GTX1 owners. I am sure they appreciate having a guy like you on their side!!
 

BlackICE

GT Owner
Nov 2, 2005
1,413
SF Bay Area in California
Wow, look great.

Who is going to volunteer for high speed testing of the top at Rally IV during the TX mile?
 

Kelly-X1

Ex GT Owner (Temporarily)
Mark IV Lifetime
May 24, 2009
94
RV-Nomad, USA
Wait till you see my tan from having the top off, they might just deport me a couple hundred miles further South while at the rally. I've put 2000 MORE miles (3500 total) on the odo since you sent her my way. (6 months)

It'll be interesting to see what the AC actually feels like with the top on.

All the craftsmanship in that top and I'm like a monkey, can’t stop playing with the GTX1 courtesy lights in the middle support bars....mmmmm shinny objects. The lights are just wicked cool.
 
Aug 25, 2006
4,436
Wait till you see my tan from having the top off, they might just deport me a couple hundred miles further South while at the rally. I've put 2000 MORE miles (3500 total) on the odo since you sent her my way. (6 months)

It'll be interesting to see what the AC actually feels like with the top on.

All the craftsmanship in that top and I'm like a monkey, can’t stop playing with the GTX1 courtesy lights in the middle support bars....mmmmm shinny objects. The lights are just wicked cool.
I am very glad that you are enjoying the new addition to your gal; including the integrated lighting.

There is no doubt that there is a laundry list of very cool personal touch and performance items available for these gals and yet IMO a removable canvass top that can be stored within these gals is not so much an item worthy of consideration but rather a must have item for all of the GTX-1’s; including those with Kip’s extremely cool removable hardtop.

Takes care

Shadowman
 

Shelby#18

GTX1 Owner/Moderator
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Dec 15, 2006
1,622
Nev./So. Cal./Minn.
Shadowman I couldn't agree more. Must be why after getting the soft tops, I now have both cars at Kips.
 

Shelby#18

GTX1 Owner/Moderator
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Dec 15, 2006
1,622
Nev./So. Cal./Minn.
Wow, look great.

Who is going to volunteer for high speed testing of the top at Rally IV during the TX mile?
Me, Me, Me, ohhh pick me!!!!! :biggrin
 

AtomicGT

GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Apr 12, 2006
3,025
Los Angeles
Very cool, now one just needs some red shoes! Looks marvelous!
 
Aug 25, 2006
4,436
Is there any drilling required or it's just all held in place by pressure of the frame? I need this, what's the production schedule and estimated delivery if I arrange payment Mon/Tues.

Looks awesome, great work.
Yes it requires fitting to the gal

There is a bar that is mounted within the front header and then two quick disconnect fasteners installed behind the seats.

The process is not difficult.

Production is under way as such getting your payment in will insure you a system in short order.

Takes care

Shadowman
 

Kelly-X1

Ex GT Owner (Temporarily)
Mark IV Lifetime
May 24, 2009
94
RV-Nomad, USA
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