C4 Removable Hardtop Storage

Hi Group. I will be removing the hardtop from my 1993 for the first time soon. ( I just bought it) Should I buy the Hardtop Hoist & Storage
System, Universal Transporter or the Hardtop or Roof Panel Carrier? All about the same price. Any direction would be apprieciated. Mike.
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Mike Cenni wrote:

If the car frame isn't cross braced, pull the top and take a drive to assess ride and handling. Then decide on how and where you'll use the car with the panel removed. There's consensus here that a 30 mph boulevard cruise is the most aggressive we get with an un-braced & topless C4. Dad holds it down to 25 mph and even then expresses panic and distain! (:-)
When either car goes on a weekend trip my wife and I travel with the panel on the car. At destination the luggage comes out and, weather permitting, the panel gets snapped into the cargo area. I occasionally commute with the panel off--stowed in the cargo area.
Keep the rear hatch & weatherstrip lubed. I chewed up the strip on the C4 on one weekend trip by failing this basic of C4 maintenance.
Since you manually handle the top when on the road or during a cruise, there's not much reason for having a hoist to handle it at home unless it's a disability issue.
My wife sewed a nylon sack for each car. This keeps dust off the extra top when it's stored on the wall in the garage. She also made a quilted pocket pad to place on each top when its stowed in the car. This protects it from the inevitable camera case or shopping bag that gets tossed in the rear. (My bride shops.) The quilted cloth folds up more compactly than do the commercial vinyl sacks & pads. Also, cloth doesn't 'gas-out' on a warm day to stink up the car or put haze on the hatch window.
-- PJ '89 Hookercar '02 e-blu 6-spd coupe
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As always a well thought out answer PJ, just one omission. When you replace the panel do it on a level spot and pay attention to the toqure specification. This replacement effort may be the last time you will ever have it off.
Dad - Shiver me timbers as they say on the wooder corvettes.
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I may not have been clear on my question. I have a 1993 convertible. It has, as an option, the full removable hardtop from the factory. I do not have a coupe with targa tops. My previous Vette was my 1986 convertible Indy Pace Car Edition. I didn't have extra bracing or the removable hardtop for it and I never had a "flex" problem. I'm leaning toward the rolling rack type. Mike.

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Mike Cenni wrote:

Sorry for the round-about and sorry to drag you through the foibles of targa owners. The convertible frames were braced from the factory -- It's aftermarket for the coupes.
I agree on the rolling rack if you've got floor space. I tried overhead storage with an MGA hardtop and still have scars from bumping my head on it when the car was out of the garage. You'll do far less 'muscling' of the top with the rack.
-- PJ '89 Hookercar '02 e-blu coupe
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wrote:

I had a hard top for my 72....sold it because I never used it once I started using the car only in the summer... BUT I just had it suspended from the ceiling on pulleys... out of the way ... which was important for me..... Honestly I did not even cover it...just let it hang...
Actually was thinking about buying a hardtop for my newly acquired C5 BUT...the cost was more then I was willing to pay, I would not be using it much if at all, and storing it would again take up too much space...
Bob G. 64 72 & 98 Converts, 76 & 79 Coupes
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The rolling rack could requires many more "touches", with removal (I take it that you won't always have help) with something from above, maybe moving the car to get the rack under the lid, then moving the rolling rack and top and returning the car to its parking spot. The more you move things around the greater the chance for new scratches/bumps!
If you lift and store with pulleys that's it, you get to walk away........ and the top is pretty safe "up there" as long as you have enough room overhead.
I had a 65 and took the top on and off quite a bit depending on what I was doing, weather, etc. I loved my home grown lift in the rafters. Worked for me.
brian
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Old & in the way...., or somebody so disguised, wrote the following at or about 5/1/2006 11:12 AM:

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Homemade and handy works for me with the hardtop for my '94 convertible. While I usually have help or will wait until I do, I have, on two separate occasions, removed and replaced the top solo. No way that's going to happen without the overhead storage routine.
As one or two others have mentioned, the headroom is a problem but once you've got that licked, overhead's the best way to go in my opinion. No wasted floor space and it's going to be really difficult for anything that could damage the top to make contact with it "up there."
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Dad wrote:

First topless affair was a night-time trip to watch July 4th fireworks. Twas a black-a**ed night and I entered a climbing, curving freeway viaduct at "around" 65 mph. Hit a very wavy stretch of concrete--which I'd crossed hundreds of times in my 911 with and without the roof. I'd only had the C4 for a week and wasn't absolutely sure about all things mechanical. Instant impression was that I'd lost a wheel or that the steering linkage had broken & I trailed throttle. After the second gyration I realized that things were cyclic and that we weren't going to die--right away. Definitely a 'D' ticket ride.
Lesson: Soft ride option and unbraced roof-off ain't a good combo!
-- PJ '89 Hookercar '02 e-blu coupe
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