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T-Top Sun Shades by craigtbone
Started on: 11-11-2014 11:16 AM
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I bought some new windshield sun shades recently, the type with flexible fabric stretched on a spring steel wire around the perimeter. As I was inserting these on windshield I started to imagine a small version that would cover the T-Top glass on the inside. The radius-ed corners would even fit the inside gasket & trim. Such a shade would block 100% of the sunlight, be very light weight and store behind the seat.

Looks like 18" x 18" would fit nicely in the seal / trim area inside of the T-Top glass and have sufficient grip to stay in place. I found a set of sun shades intended for partial blocking of the sun (mesh fabric) on side windows with the spring wire, that are 14" x 18". The 18" direction fits just as I imagined, obviously the 14" direction is too small. Even with only two sides engaging the T-Top seal / trim it stays securely in place.

Has any of you folk seen such a shade? 18" x 18" spring wire with opaque silvered fabric? I did some internet searching but did not find any shades that small. Has anyone already tried to make such a shade?

I might have to see if the fabric can be purchased at a fabric store and make a set.

Craig T.

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One of the members (Russ88T-Top) on PFF currently makes opaque sun shades for the t-tops. The ones that I have seen are vinyl on the upper side and match the headliner on the passenger side.

Nelson

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Thanks for that tip. I took a look into those shades. The are very nice looking and the craftsmanship looks first rate. The only aspect about them that I do not like is that the T-Top glass panel must be removed to install or remove the shade.

What I want is a shade that can be quickly installed or removed while sitting in the car.

If I can find the proper fabric I might try making a set with spring steel wire around the perimeter.

Any other ideas & options are most appreciated.

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Craig,

If you come up with a solution, let me know...I would be interested in s design like that as well.

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I am also interested in this concept if it can be made to work correctly.

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Originally posted by hnthomps:

One of the members (Russ88T-Top) on PFF currently makes opaque sun shades for the t-tops. The ones that I have seen are vinyl on the upper side and match the headliner on the passenger side.

Nelson



 
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Here is a set that is going out tomorrow morning. My camera is getting worse and worse.






This is how I made them for the fourm members. I found it best with black vinyl on top to soak up heat. I dont make them anymore but if you want to learn book a flight and will will teach you.

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This is how I made them for the fourm members. I found it best with black vinyl on top to soak up heat. I dont make them anymore but if you want to learn book a flight and will will teach you.

Tom


Or you could use it an an excuse to come to Vegas and teach me


I like both ideas, a perm one like the ones Russ and Tomas make and a quick spring one.
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Report this Post11-14-2014 08:42 AM Click Here to See the Profile for johnyrottinClick Here to Email johnyrottinSend a Private Message to johnyrottinEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Craig, Just a thought but maybe buy one of the fold out sets for a windshield for a few dollars from WalMart. You can take them apart and use the pieces to cut down as a test set. Most you lose would be $10 and some time.
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