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Post by Dave 6726 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:20 pm

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Disgusted by being unable to hire a van (partly cost, mainly refusal of hirers to believe a 77 yr old can drive one), I am reduced to considering transporting an SS1 hard top on roof bars on a Ford Focus.
Has anybody any experience of this or advice on something I may not have thought of? (If your answer is 'Don't do it', please indicate why; and collecting it on the SS1 is not an option.)

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Post by scimmy_man » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:36 pm

I managed to get one in the back of my wifes freelander 2.

try an estate car?


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:38 pm

Yes or can you hire a zafira sized motor?



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Post by Dave 6726 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:56 pm

Sadly, no access to anything like that, SM.
EF - I'll look into the possibility - thanks.



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Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:27 pm

Or hire/borrow a trailer?

I can confirm a hardtop fits in a Freelander 1 and Renault scenic mk1 but not Mercedes c class or e class estates!

I would be really worried about the aerodynamics of a hard top on a roof rack.

How far/where is this hardtop going?


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Post by Dave 6726 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:58 pm

Trailer and towcar and other car options not easily available. (Amazing how many firms have 75 absolute maximum age limit in place.)
Trip about 260m round, approx. Newcastle to Ayr.

Wondered about aerodynamics. Thought wedge edge-forward aspect might work, as long as leading edge is tight down to roof.



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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:13 pm

Have you checked out courier cost on such as Shipley Dave?


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Post by philhoward » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:53 am

I have transported one on the roof rails of a Mk5 Astra Estate - but can't remember exactly how I mounted it :oops:

I *think* it was the right way up, and facing backwards (rear screen facing towards). I do recall gaining a new top speed of not very much indeed - expect the trip to take a longer than you think.


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Post by Dave 6726 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:45 am

Jim - I looked into one or two couriers, but the main problem seemed a size/weight limit. I think a lot of them work on one-man operations, so the roof would be difficult, what with H&S and all. But I'm looking into Shiply - thanks for that.
Phil - Thanks, that's encouraging. I'm aware of the drawbacks, but speed/time wouldn't be of the essence, so it's still a possibility, I think.
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Post by scimjim » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:49 am

Borrow an SS1? :-)


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Post by ronnie » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:52 am

to the rescue.......

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Post by AJL Electronics » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:22 am

Try pallet services. About £50 cost.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:34 pm

Dave 6726 wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:45 am
Jim - I looked into one or two couriers, but the main problem seemed a size/weight limit. I think a lot of them work on one-man operations, so the roof would be difficult, what with H&S and all. But I'm looking into Shiply - thanks for that.
Phil - Thanks, that's encouraging. I'm aware of the drawbacks, but speed/time wouldn't be of the essence, so it's still a possibility, I think.
I have one other option to pursue. Will pass on any lessons learnt.
It will only word on quite a narrow estate car though as the corners will be lower than the edges that touch the rails - but that was using the actual in-built rails on the roof. If you have a pair of roof bars (that traverse the actual rails) then you should be fine. Sometimes scare myself then things I have fitted to the roof rails on cars over the years (including an 8x6 shed recently)..


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Post by Archibald Tyre » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:48 pm

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Post by Dave 6726 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:42 pm

Arch - I'd deserve it too.
Jim P - Had four Shiply quotes from £80 to £195.
Was a bit iffy about roof bars, but as with some previous jobs, the answer turned out to be obvious.

Younger son can borrow works' van...... Ho hum. :roll:



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