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Old July 27th, 2010, 02:27 AM
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converting an old soft top to a surrey top

I have a couple of old soft tops kicking around and I am thinking about cutting one down to make it a surrey. I would like to cut it to the dimensions of the OEM Surrey to keep the look as much as possible. However, I may make a few changes like keeping the extra material and seal along the top by the door top - so when it rains water doesn't stream in the gap between the top and the door tops like it does in my ]bikini top (I am sure many of you know what I am talking about - puddles in your lap....). I know the surrey and bikini tops are primarily meant to keep the sun out, but it would be nice to stay a little dryer when it rains... I know some of the same snaps and straps can be used from the top for the surrey.and I can add some additional straps ss need be. For the sewing I am going to use sailors whipping twine (very strong waxed nylon used to repair sails). Eventhough the color of the twine is white, you can hit it with a black permanent marker that bleeds down into the threads. This works really well at blending the stiching into the top. I have done this for years repairing tops and the twine holds up really well and hasn't failed me yet. I would imagine this is a pretty simple project that others may be interested in. And it is a good way to put an old soft top, that you may not be using and have kicking around, to some use! Does anyone have good pics and the dimensions for the OEM Surrey top that could help wiht this project? Rufus
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Old July 27th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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The OEM surrey had what appeared to be alpine window-esque cutouts in toward the rear cabin of the car. Are you sure you don't want to cut to the newer style with minor tweaks where you see fit?
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Old July 27th, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Rufus, I am not sure what top you plan to start with but I did this with a bestop and it came out great (i think anyway). I kept it simple and retained the front door seal and rear window lines and just cut off the pieces I didn't want and added some straps/snaps. I don't have time to look for a better picture, but this one gives a decent idea

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Old July 27th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Post up pics as you go. I want to do the same.
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Rufus, I am not sure what top you plan to start with but I did this with a bestop and it came out great (i think anyway). I kept it simple and retained the front door seal and rear window lines and just cut off the pieces I didn't want and added some straps/snaps. I don't have time to look for a better picture, but this one gives a decent idea

http://gallery.lhsw.com/view_photo.p...05&id=DSC_0224
That's a nice Disco...
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Yeah, runs great on the highway...
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Yeah, runs great on the highway...
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Quote:Originally Posted by cgalpin
Rufus, I am not sure what top you plan to start with but I did this with a bestop and it came out great (i think anyway). I kept it simple and retained the front door seal and rear window lines and just cut off the pieces I didn't want and added some straps/snaps. I don't have time to look for a better picture, but this one gives a decent idea

http://gallery.lhsw.com/view_photo.p...05&id=DSC_0224

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BTW Charles thanks for the pic. what do you have for rock sliders i like them? anyways back to the topic.... your surrey top looks great. I was planning on adding the straps to the outside following the basic design and look of the the OEM Surrey Top (the one with out the cut out alpine windows - not sure shy they came out with that design?)

Thanks for all the thoughts and sugguestions on this post. If anyone has pics of the OEM Surrey Top and details of its straps, it would be appreciated.

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BTW Charles thanks for the pic. what do you have for rock sliders i like them?
Bill Burke sliders. NLA as far as I know and mine is one of very few lovingly hand made by the man himself. Given a recent craigslist posting, mine are for sale for $10,000 :D
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On my phone, but there was a rover event and Brian (specops-something) had his truck there; some pics of his surrey were taken.
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BTW Charles thanks for the pic. what do you have for rock sliders i like them? anyways back to the topic.... your surrey top looks great. I was planning on adding the straps to the outside following the basic design and look of the the OEM Surrey Top (the one with out the cut out alpine windows - not sure shy they came out with that design?)

Thanks for all the thoughts and sugguestions on this post. If anyone has pics of the OEM Surrey Top and details of its straps, it would be appreciated.



Here are some pics of a Bestop Surrey if it helps you. I apologize in advance as these are camera phone pics...I had the same thoughts of you and got the original top from the PO (he had replaced with a Badger) but in the end I just borrowed this one from Charles and kept it long enough that I could claim it as mine! As a side note, I'll sell my sliders for $9999!
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