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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by The Scientist, Dec 16, 2011.

    1. The Scientist

      The Scientist New Member

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      Does anyone know someone who has designed a hardtop convertible for an actual automobile? I have a project that I'm working on that I want to complete and NEED help!
       
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    3. Dana

      Dana Well-Known Member

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      I designed a removable composite hardtop for a Jeep (the company went bankrupt between prototype and production), and designed and built a wooden hardtop for my own Jeep (since the prototypes we built were for a different model Jeep).
       
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      In "Hot Rod" terms, you basically built what is termed as a "Carson Top". I need help with mechanical functioning and a track system.
       
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      Well first, if you've already designed the basic top shape and the rest of the vehicle, you need to define the motion of the top as it retracts. Once you know how it will move you can determine what kind of mechanism is required to accomplish that move. Of course the mechanism chosen will determine what kind of moves are actually possible.
       

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