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By Jim B 3573 Date 2013-04-18 03:10
My buggy has a plane windshield frame, there is no groove running along the top that a canvas or vinyl top would fit into.  I want to install a small bikini top.  Can a groove be purchased and installed or would I have to purchase a new windshield and frame that has a groove???  Has anyone run into this problem and if so how was a top fastened to the top of the windshield????  I'm not sure there is enough room to install snaps along the windshield frame.

Any suggestions, ideas or suppliers to shop for a windshield wold be appreciated.

    Jim B. 

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By Jeffrey P 655 Date 2013-04-18 13:29
Your best bet:

And for a top:
By Kellison Jim Date 2013-04-18 22:50
Jim B., Is there a groove on the back side of the frame. If so, is it possible to turn it around. My windshield is mounted backwards and I bet a lot of them are.

Kellison Jim
By Funnybug Date 2013-04-24 20:27
ditto what KJ says. If there is a black rubber on the backside. it is probably groove filler
By Jim B 3573 Date 2013-04-24 21:21
Thanks for the input.  There is no groove any where on my frame.  I did however find a guy the makes tops for boats and he has an aluminum extrusion piece that can be fastened to my frame and it will receive a top.  He says he uses it all the time on boat applications.
I'm going to have him fabricate a top and install it. I will let you all know how it turns out.

Thanks again for your input and suggestions.

   Jim B 
By Mike N 3695 Date 2013-06-13 02:39
Look up Awning Rail and Welt. I used this similar setup for attaching a custom awning to my Vanagon.
Good luck and post a picture when its done to help other members.
By Jim B 3573 Date 2013-07-22 01:15
Thanks for the input.  The site showed the exact piece of aluminum extrusion I found.  I put it on the top of the windshield and had a boat canvas shop whip up a top.  They did a nice job and it works great.
Sorry it took so long to get back.  I will attach a pic of the finished top......

     Thanks again for the help
  Jim B.

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