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cbmontgo
01-08-2012, 09:17 AM
Looking for the OEM/Paki canvas top. Anyone got a bead on one (and bows)?

ocdbeetle has quite a long lead time on 'Mud.

MDH33
01-08-2012, 10:27 AM
I think you can order the Pakistan tops and bows from here:

Paktops.com (http://www.paktops.com/About%20Us.html)

gr8fulabe
01-08-2012, 10:35 AM
I think you can order the Pakistan tops and bows from here:

Paktops.com (http://www.paktops.com/About%20Us.html)

He actually hasn't been importing or selling anything new in a while, dug to quality issues.

cbmontgo
01-08-2012, 10:39 AM
He actually hasn't been importing or selling anything new in a while, dug to quality issues.

That is too bad. Their Web site says that they stock this stuff in the U.S.; anyone had any experience with them lately?

gr8fulabe
01-08-2012, 10:54 AM
He goes by SouthBostonFJ on Mud. If you search him out, you can see all the story line, or fairly easily talk with him directly. Basically the Paki tops were okay quality, but not spectacular all along, but the last few shipments he got were 100% garbage more or less, so he told Eshan he wouldn't import anything else until Eshan got the quality issues worked out. My understanding is that he hasn't found a new factory, so nothing has happened with it since.
Best,

abe

subzali
01-08-2012, 11:04 AM
SouthBoston may have some bows kicking around though, so at least you could get a start on it. You will have to drill holes in your tub for the FST. You could always try ebay.

MDH33
01-08-2012, 12:44 PM
That's a bummer about the Ehsan tops. Mine has been great. I think mine is about 10 years old and has only now started to come apart. I guess if ocdbeetle is so backed up with orders it might be time for someone else to start making these too.

Maybe I could use mine as a pattern and take it somewhere local and see about getting a few copies made?

I do have a spare set of bows I might be convinced to sell. They are for non-ambulance door tops. They are currently on my 40, but I have another set of OEM bows I've been meaning to put on. I also have an old Kayline reproduction of the OEM top, but it needs repairs. Also have some rough OEM soft doors that need a lot of work.

MDH33
01-08-2012, 12:46 PM
You will have to drill holes in your tub for the FST.

Explain? I didn't need to drill anything.

cbmontgo
01-08-2012, 12:54 PM
That's a bummer about the Ehsan tops. Mine has been great. I think mine is about 10 years old and has only now started to come apart. I guess if ocdbeetle is so backed up with orders it might be time for someone else to start making these too.

Maybe I could use mine as a pattern and take it somewhere local and see about getting a few copies made?

I do have a spare set of bows I might be convinced to sell. They are for non-ambulance door tops. They are currently on my 40, but I have another set of OEM bows I've been meaning to put on. I also have an old Kayline reproduction of the OEM top, but it needs repairs. Also have some rough OEM soft doors that need a lot of work.

Hey Martin,

I may be interested in those bows. Also, if the Kayline is an OEM reproduction with that same "look" as factory, I may be interested in that as well?

gr8fulabe
01-08-2012, 01:52 PM
Explain? I didn't need to drill anything.

If your 40 was an oem hardtop 40, and has never been drilled before, you will have to drill holes in the top rail of the rear body to mount the turnbuckles that keep that hatches closed. Perhaps yours was already drilled?

gr8fulabe
01-08-2012, 02:01 PM
That's a bummer about the Ehsan tops. Mine has been great. I think mine is about 10 years old and has only now started to come apart. I guess if ocdbeetle is so backed up with orders it might be time for someone else to start making these too.

Maybe I could use mine as a pattern and take it somewhere local and see about getting a few copies made?

I do have a spare set of bows I might be convinced to sell. They are for non-ambulance door tops. They are currently on my 40, but I have another set of OEM bows I've been meaning to put on. I also have an old Kayline reproduction of the OEM top, but it needs repairs. Also have some rough OEM soft doors that need a lot of work.

Funny you should mention this. I am actually working on this right now. But I wasn't planning on really saying anything until I had an approved proto & was moving forward. But I am working on using an original OEM soft top, so that it is a replia of the original, rather than a replica of a replica.

cbmontgo
01-08-2012, 02:04 PM
If your 40 was an oem hardtop 40, and has never been drilled before, you will have to drill holes in the top rail of the rear body to mount the turnbuckles that keep that hatches closed. Perhaps yours was already drilled?

Mine is an original hardtop and has never been drilled.

kvanoort
01-08-2012, 08:32 PM
Funny you should mention this. I am actually working on this right now. But I wasn't planning on really saying anything until I had an approved proto & was moving forward. But I am working on using an original OEM soft top, so that it is a replia of the original, rather than a replica of a replica.

Be sure to keep everyone posted on your progress. I've wanted another soft top since my first '75 FJ40.

MDH33
01-08-2012, 10:34 PM
If your 40 was an oem hardtop 40, and has never been drilled before, you will have to drill holes in the top rail of the rear body to mount the turnbuckles that keep that hatches closed. Perhaps yours was already drilled?

Must be an older vs newer thing, as my 40 was a hard top but had all the gear in place to run the soft top. I think all of the older tubs came with the holes for the turnbuckles and the captured nuts in the rear corners for the bow supports. I've also notice the footman loops on the tubs and rear doors of older 40's. Would be interesting to know when the changes happened.

nattybumppo
01-08-2012, 10:57 PM
A good friend of mine has a heavy-duty sewing shop that could definitely do the job. Martin, if you are willing to let him pattern yours, I will ask him if he is interested.

That's a bummer about the Ehsan tops. Mine has been great. I think mine is about 10 years old and has only now started to come apart. I guess if ocdbeetle is so backed up with orders it might be time for someone else to start making these too.

Maybe I could use mine as a pattern and take it somewhere local and see about getting a few copies made?

I do have a spare set of bows I might be convinced to sell. They are for non-ambulance door tops. They are currently on my 40, but I have another set of OEM bows I've been meaning to put on. I also have an old Kayline reproduction of the OEM top, but it needs repairs. Also have some rough OEM soft doors that need a lot of work.

gr8fulabe
01-08-2012, 11:24 PM
A good friend of mine has a heavy-duty sewing shop that could definitely do the job. Martin, if you are willing to let him pattern yours, I will ask him if he is interested.

Hey Sasca,
What does he sew? I was planning on using one of the shops that used to do contract work for BesTop, before they went off shore. But I wouldn't be against using anyone that could do the job right, and if it could throw business to a club connection, that would be sweet.
Best,
abe

nattybumppo
01-09-2012, 12:35 AM
My buddy makes kayaking gear, so he has a bunch of machines that can punch through thick canvas type materials. I don't know if he would want to do it or not, but as I think diversification of product is a good idea these days for small businesses, maybe he would think about taking it on. It would be fun to have a local source of good soft tops.

Hey Sasca,
What does he sew? I was planning on using one of the shops that used to do contract work for BesTop, before they went off shore. But I wouldn't be against using anyone that could do the job right, and if it could throw business to a club connection, that would be sweet.
Best,
abe

subzali
01-09-2012, 06:17 AM
Must be an older vs newer thing, as my 40 was a hard top but had all the gear in place to run the soft top. I think all of the older tubs came with the holes for the turnbuckles and the captured nuts in the rear corners for the bow supports. I've also notice the footman loops on the tubs and rear doors of older 40's. Would be interesting to know when the changes happened.

There has been a little discussion about this on MUD, and I think the changeover year is '74 or so.

MDH33
01-09-2012, 07:02 AM
There has been a little discussion about this on MUD, and I think the changeover year is '74 or so.

Good to know. I haven't been on Mud in probably a year or two, so I had missed all this soft top discussion and the issues with Ehsan's tops.

timmbuck2
01-09-2012, 09:30 AM
There is a lot of money to be made if someone makes a good quality top. OCDBeetle has a huge waiting list....and unfortunately most of them have been waiting for months, or years for their tops...and many have paid in full, sent more money, been lied to, etc etc with no end in sight for those still waiting. Most of the people in line would jump ship pretty quick if a high quality alternative was available...I know I would be in line!

Rezarf
01-09-2012, 11:11 AM
I'd be in for a nice high quality soft top. I'd pay for a nice one... if the quality was there, I wouldn't mind spending $$$ accordingly.

cbmontgo
01-11-2012, 01:35 PM
What's the story with the Specter Off Road FJ40 soft tops?

MDH33
01-11-2012, 01:56 PM
What's the story with the Specter Off Road FJ40 soft tops?

I didn't know they made one. :o

It's a little spendy at $1000+ without bows, and looks like it only comes in Gray?

Having not seen one in person I would be curious to know what the quality is like. Post up a review if you get one! :thumb:

treerootCO
01-11-2012, 02:49 PM
What's the story with the Specter Off Road FJ40 soft tops?

I didn't know they made one. :o

It's a little spendy at $1000+ without bows, and looks like it only comes in Gray?

Having not seen one in person I would be curious to know what the quality is like. Post up a review if you get one! :thumb:

link: http://www.sor.com/sor/cat268.tam?cart=12A11jzx.bsv&lpg=%2Fsor%2Fsearchresult%2Etam&wz=8063320213643296101260029155214831084124180116051767320147311015344300129077219421174173276653213399632342231222307211007&lpt=1326318187&tr=80631364373272961029155117412148366533202241801767312600116052194210841596121339312231101342253442907730012014711007230729632&page%2Ectx=cat268%2Etam

cbmontgo
01-11-2012, 05:42 PM
I didn't know they made one. :o

It's a little spendy at $1000+ without bows, and looks like it only comes in Gray?

Having not seen one in person I would be curious to know what the quality is like. Post up a review if you get one! :thumb:

I'll probably wait on a good canvas one, but who knows. I am definitely interested in your bows though, Martin.

subzali
01-11-2012, 06:23 PM
I didn't know they made one. :o

It's a little spendy at $1000+ without bows, and looks like it only comes in Gray?

Having not seen one in person I would be curious to know what the quality is like. Post up a review if you get one! :thumb:

Yeah, I think the deal with SOR tops is that they are expensive and only come in one configuration/color.

black95
01-11-2012, 06:44 PM
I never knew SOR carried soft tops. Damn, I would have saved the money I spent on my Bestop if I had known that. I wonder why gray and not black :confused: Was the factory FJ40 top always gray?

cbmontgo
04-17-2012, 02:51 PM
Still searching...getting a little more motivated as summer nears...