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Calling on help from Cobra Roadster owners who have a hardtop.

Has anyone designed, and or bought, a Gizmo,Where by(one person) can lower the hardtop onto the car in their garage.I know it only weighs only 25-30 pounds but its awkward for one person. Something, where I can just pull the car into the garage ,and lower the top . I know they make/sell something like this for jeeps,etc.


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Has anyone designed, and or bought, a Gizmo,Where by(one person) can lower the hardtop onto the car in their garage.I know it only weighs only 25-30 pounds but its awkward for one person. Something, where I can just pull the car into the garage ,and lower the top . I know they make/sell something like this for jeeps,etc.
Sure, I just use ratchet straps. I'm sure you could make it better with some bars with padding, but it worked well enough for me.

You could probably buy one of the jeep top things, and just use it with your hardtop, if it's kinda generic.

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Sure, I just use ratchet straps. I'm sure you could make it better with some bars with padding, but it worked well enough for me.

You could probably buy one of the jeep top things, and just use it with your hardtop, if it's kinda generic.
Thanks.And you can attach it to the car, by yourself ?
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Alot of the guys in the jeep world save money on the cost of a purpose-built hardtop lift by buying a bike/canoe lift. They tend to be cheaper and can support the weight - I forget which brand is the prefered nowadays but if you look on the jeep forums its a common topic.
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Thule used to sell one for taking on/off and storing roof top ski/luggage boxes. Not sure if they still do?
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Mine is a standard top not the LeMans. I don't have a lift mechanism in my limited garage space, but I understand the need for leverage with something that large.
Let me tell you my solution for about 15 years.

First I set my PVC storage rack close by.
Remove and open the few hardware pieces that hold the top in place.
Then I "break the seal" that forms at the windshield and again at the rear cowl so the top is free to lift.
With my left foot outside the driver door, I lean inside with my right knee in the driver seat or perhaps right foot in driver seat.
Pushing up with my head I find a "suitable" balance point....one where the front/back weight distribution seems manageable for me to lift.
Rising/standing up, I can catch the front edge with my left had and the rear edge with my right, balancing that weight on my head.
Standing up out of the car, I can carry the top to the rack.
Bending over I can set the rear of the top into the storage rack.
Installing is just the reverse.

The trick is to always balance it on my head, so the weight is evenly distributed. At 74, I no longer try not to "muscle" weight around.
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Thanks.And you can attach it to the car, by yourself ?
Yep. lower back a little, lower front a little, swing top so it's aligned. lower back a little, lower front a little, make sure everything still lines up. do that until the hardtop touches, make the final alignment, then remove the straps. Bolt it down, and off I go.

Granted, I've only done it 10 times or so, but it's worked pretty well so far.
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Thanks guys.Probably the only thing holding me back on this.Is the fear of the top dropping on the body,and damaging the paint.
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A beach towel across the body and then remove it as your next to last step. I had a rig but I ran 2 pieces of 1 inch webbing under the front of the top and out at the top of the rear window opening since my rear window is easily removable so that won't help you. I ran the two ropes up to pulleys in the ceiling and then through two more pulleys in the ceiling but near the wall. Ran down to two small cleats (like used for dock lines) screwed to the wall at a convenient height. Spend a little extra on the rope so it is a nice flexible braided type and grease the small pulleys before installing them. most of the hardware store pulleys are just a steel wheel on a steel shaft so some lube really helps. If you end up making your own hooks get some of this to dip them in a couple of times.
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Danner. who’s lemans top is that I really like the look.


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Danner. whos lemans top is that I really like the look.
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