I also like the Norms top, except for the toilet bowl back hatch and that the b pillar doesn't seem to line up with the back of the window. (maybe it will).
I'll be interested in knowing how much when its done.
Nada, but neither is the OEMs. However, the coupes body integrated B pillar and coupes 90 degree coupe side window help to camouflage that line. Painting just the verts hardtop exposed B pillar portion could be painted black to better match the coupes integrated B pillar design.
Like I emailed Norm before. Let me know where you want the deposit. This is the one thing I have been waiting for to finish off my projects with the car. I have 2 more things to do with this car. Coupe top and a Roll Cage. Then I can say I'm done with my solstice project which started back in Nov 15 2005.
The new build is DONE.
Turbo set up-Check
Doesn't really bother me...it is still about aftermarket hardtops! I really do like the looks of Norms top but looks like there might be a bit of blind spot viewing out the back. Never paid much attention to that feature in factory coupes so do not know if they suffer from that problem. With the EDAG top, there is plenty of viewing area except for the fact of the heavily tinted windows. On my 4 X 4 truck with a fibreglass shell, tinted side windows, it does sometimes make it hard to see when backing out of my driveway. Have come close a couple of times backing out into oncoming traffic!
I figured your top would have much better rear vision. On a coupe, you can see out the back just fine when driving. The only issue I have is if you didn't check right behind the car before backing up. If there is something there you won't see it.
I had also read about the side view mirrors and putting the little round sticky mirrors in there to help with visibility, and as it turns out we hated those. The little mirrors are just fine if you have them adjusted properly, which is a must since the little side "windows" are really non-existant and you do have a side blind spot. If this car were actually driven daily in rush hour highway traffic, these are things that might bother me.
As I have stated before, this top is so different I had to have it! I much prefer the top down and this top will come off for a bit some time this summer. So far, the only negative comments on the top have come from this forum!! People who have actually seen it, think it is really sharp. Even the body guy who painted it says I scored on this one. We have had a couple days of rain to wash away the salt, temperatures near 60 today so hopefully tomorrow I can find a good spot to take better pictures. Even tho' it is a beautiful day today, I now have to go to a buddies house to weld up some stuff for his racing rig
Has rained here off and on for the last few days so all the salt has been washed off the roads. Still a dreary day, no sun and 20 degrees. Had a doctors visit this morning so drove the Solstice. On the way home, I stopped at the local Speedway for coffee and had two guys come up to me asking me numerous questions about the top. Quite surprised, even my MG's don't seem to draw that much attention!
Shooting brake style vehicles generally garner a hate it or love it reaction. Unlike a fixed Shooting Brake this isn't a permanent top so folks can go back to the stock design and remove it. Basically, it's a win-win solution.
There's also mom's golden rule. If you don't have anything nice to say...better to say nothing.
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