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Interesting. Thanks for sharing that. I had never seen it. I try to forget China bought the rights to the Hummer brand...
I know I'm not going to buy one, but I like what I seeing and it looks good. I'm real sure with the changes you will make people will buy it.A couple of pictures before I removed the paper protecting the clear marine vinyl. By the way, blue painters tape leaves residue on clear vinyl
The slant back did flap a bit but not enough to be of concern or make a lot of noise. I cut the window a little too large, or more accurately I did not subtract the width of the zipper after I decided to add a zipper. So the window with a zipper is 1” too wide for the inner rails. That is the only noticeably sagging part and easily remedied. I have to move the tie downs higher so they can tighten a bit more, but again an easy fix.
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Many thanks. I'm making changes to patterns this week and doing some more research on ways to seal it better. After a full night of hard rain, it had plenty of leaks around the seams. Of course my OEM soft top leaked plenty too! Whatever fixes one will be used on the other. I suppose I should start setting aside money for another 4-man soft top, but it's in reasonably good condition, just old, so I will try to seal it first. Since I intend to repaint the whole vehicle OD anyway, some sealant before that won't hurt.I know I'm not going to buy one, but I like what I seeing and it looks good. I'm real sure with the changes you will make people will buy it.
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Thanks, I will investigate Scotchguard. I have some of the WalMart camo spray colors on hand. Nice and cheap. Had thought of using them to paint the top but worried about the color matching. Have seen your pictures and it looks fine, so I guess I have my answer. Guess I need to come up with a pattern now.Scotchguard will waterproof your top. I had an artic white top that I changed to camo. I purple powered it, let it dry and rattle canned it with Wal-Mart camo. Came out good and held up for 2 plus years so far.
That looks great! Good work man. One way you can tighten the pattern without recutting the patterns is to increase your seam allowance just a little bit. Say 1/8 of an inch on each seam. So if you sew a 1/2 inch seam sew them at 5/8th etc. Just that little bit more will tighten it up without making it too tight. Check on CL to find someone in your AO selling industrial machines. Adler, Pfaff, Feiyue they are all the same and are all good.
Where does one get a servo motor for this size machine? The clutch is a simple face to face press of the motor output shaft against the face of the pulley to drive the machine. It is difficult to get it to a modest speed, effectively I’m slipping the clutch plates.If you can get a Servo motor for the machine. This way it's not stitching a 100 mph on you. You can dial it down so that it is good and slow or speed it up to as fast as you want it.
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