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Old July 27th, 2013, 11:41 AM
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Aluminum Hard top

I have an aluminum hard top with a new set of Rovers North sliding windows, and I have all new rubber for the rear and upper windows. I am going to go with a fiberglass top instead. Not sure if $1800 is to much but feel that it is worth it. Any questions please ask and if you want more pics I can do that as well. The top has not been of the truck since the sides where painted, it has been stored in my garage for the last six months. Give me a call if you have more questions nine one nine 637-0616
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Old July 27th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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Curious why you want to go from a Aluminum top to a Fiberglass top... The Aluminum tops provide a bit more insulation then the Fiberglass ones...keep this in mind, especially living in NC. They are also far more resilient if you plan to take it off and put it back on.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 03:35 PM
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Curious why you want to go from a Aluminum top to a Fiberglass top... The Aluminum tops provide a bit more insulation then the Fiberglass ones...keep this in mind, especially living in NC. They are also far more resilient if you plan to take it off and put it back on.
Two reasons, I want a top that will go around my cage so I don't have to remove the cage to put my top on, and I need to figure a rear lift gate as well. I don't want to have to change the door and the top at the same time.

Here is a question I didn't think of, does it affect the value of the vehicle?
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Old July 28th, 2013, 09:17 AM
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Value of the aluminum top is probably higher 9/10x. But you should do what you want. Having a full cage is much more valuable then an aluminum top so keep that in mind as well. It's also safer for you and your passengers.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Value of the aluminum top is probably higher 9/10x. But you should do what you want. Having a full cage is much more valuable then an aluminum top so keep that in mind as well. It's also safer for you and your passengers.
Here is another question, is what I am asking reasonable? Or should I lower the price? I have no idea of what this should be valued at!
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Brewie, if you are custom fabbing your cage, just keep the aluminum hardtop, just my opinion.

I have a full P&P cage outside of my aluminum hardtop and i absolutely love it.

The fiberglass top doesn't have a good track record of reliability.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 12:27 PM
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If it is a smooth roof with the new windows I think your price is low. If it is a ribbed roof I think you price is fair.

Someone will buy it just give it some time.

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Here is another question, is what I am asking reasonable? Or should I lower the price? I have no idea of what this should be valued at!
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If it is a smooth roof with the new windows I think your price is low. If it is a ribbed roof I think you price is fair.

Someone will buy it just give it some time.
It's a smooth roof, with new sliding windows and new seals on the top and sides
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Old July 28th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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If it was for sale 6 months ago I would have bought it at that price.


Fwiw I would keep it and build / buy a cage internal if you want to remove the top in the summer and exo if you do not need to remove the top.
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Hmmm, wheels are turning!
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I'm interested. Need to ship to Denver. Still available?
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I'm interested. Need to ship to Denver. Still available?
Still available, contact a shipping company to get a good estimate. My zip is 27529, we just shipped a 250 lb pallet to Washington state for $270 bucks I believe. I will be happy to pack it for shipping if you want. I will break it down for shipping, so it will be around 5.5'x9'x2' weighing?? Less then 250lbs I would guess.
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FYI believe it cost around $230 bucks to ship to NYC.
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Sold! Shipped heading to NYC!! The crate cost me $80 to build and the shipping was around $250 for the freight.
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Sold! Shipped heading to NYC!! The crate cost me $80 to build and the shipping was around $250 for the freight.
Super excited to be getting the hard top! Thanks so much for taking the time to build up the shipping crate, Brian.

With regards to the shipping . . . actually, based on your advice about looking for a shipping broker, I found a site that shipped it up here to the NYC area for a lot less @ $145!!!

FYI- If anyone plans on freighting large items, the site I used is called: www.QuoteYourFreight.com. Not only did I get a rate that was far lower than the other shipping brokers I found online, but their owner, Bryan O'Hare, emailed me that they were actually able to find a lower rate than what I originally paid and refunded me the difference.

It's supposed to arrive at my Auto Body Shop on Tuesday, so I guess I'll reserve a FULL recommendation of that shipping service until I actually see it arrive safely, but so far so good.

Let the ST > SW conversion begin!!!
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