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RT10 hardtop market

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by Jmch, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Goatman

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    This is awesome!!
     
  2. Texas1

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    I'm ready to order one!!! :2tu:
     
  3. Jmch

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    Should be fairly soon Texas1.. I'm sure you all want it for 50 bucks but this (fairly accurate) price estimate has to qualify as what I previously said would be "a pleasant surprise". Also don't forget that there is the planned spoiler and front splitter that will have the same Gen 5 design cue. It will be very cool..
    Thanks
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  4. mattdillon

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    Sorry, Jmch BUT If You Could Point Out ANYWHERE I Said ANYTHING about HATING on Your Top (sorry if my shift keys or caps are locking from time to time) I would Appreciate It. Apparently, it seems like you're just a lil' bit touchy if there's Anybody Out There that Doesn't Think Yours Is the Best Top They've Ever Seen! And ALSO I Don't Mind Telling YOU or Anybody Else How Much I Have in MY 3-Piece Top if it means that much to you (lets just say it's UNDER 3k for EVERYTHING, Shipping, Installing, Sanding & Painting). GL with your Project (I Hope you Sell A Thousand of Them). I Just Have MY Opinion, Like Everybody Else Has Theirs!
     
  5. Jmch

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    I put "hater" in quotes since I was responding in good humor. I apologize for not making my self clear. I did mention everyone has they're opinion and I was happy to be a part if it.. admittedly I may be slightly defensive but I made sure I included some smiley emoticons to keep it lighthearted. I honestly do appreciate the input as far as pricing.. I did just post our pricing target and I'm pretty comfortable with it being under 2k with windows, but with the upcoming 3 piece that will climb... hence my curiosity. if I were not freakishly tall the top you have would be an option... but at 6'6" I look like a dufus with my head above the roll bar. So I just wanted something different and new. thanks for posting.. honestly..
    J
     
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    Hey Jason, any idea when we can see a picture of the top and windows combination?
     
  7. Jmch

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    We are planning on having a prototype top test on a Gen 2 potentially this weekend. Once we have the fit keyed in for those cars then we can finalize the window shape and at that time I will take some pics with a real camera and you will be able to see the final product as a whole. With the windows being a reshaped Autoform window that process should go pretty quick... Steve has lots of practice with the windows :D.. Im not even going to interfere with his process. That's a huge benefit of AF doing the production.. just benefits you guys..
    I think youll like it Sam, thanks for watching ...( and everyone else too)

    Jason
     
  8. mattdillon

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    I Hear Ya' J! I DO Agree with you About the Top & the Extra Head Room (6'6" is cutting it Really Close, probably too close). And, I think the ones you're Making for the Gen. 1's will REALLY Go Over Well (Definitely Can't Beat the Price on them)! jmo & GL!
     
  9. GotAViper

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    I love the idea of a top for $1000 ( I will be waiting for the 3 piece top thou). Gen 1's are getting very cheap on the market nowadays(no offense) and the people who are buying them are certainly not going to spend $2500 for a top when they paid only $25,000 for the car.
     
  10. SSSNAKE

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    I would also be interested in one!
     
  11. GotAViper

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    Will this top work with the 92 (early 93) Vipers with different latches?
     
  12. Jmch

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    You nailed it right on the head... I'm one of those people.:) That was why we had to set the price goals we did. Those such as myself would be able to have a top on they're ride for considerably less than previous versions cost. That being said if your waiting for the 3 piece.. its going to be more than this single piece.. So just for kicks take some measurements and see if you can figure out how we are going to fit the panels in the trunk. The 3 piece is the same exact size and shape... I'm curious to see if anyone can figure out how we overcame this obstacle ... large surface area, small trunk.. 3 pieces... :smirk:
    And yes it will fit on the 92-93
    Thanks guys
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    the 92-93 have different latches (i believe longer latches that go down into the top of the windsheild) so im not sure that the top you are making would correctly fit a 92?
     
  14. Jmch

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    Not with the same latches but don't worry that's been accounted for..
     
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    This is the matching spoiler that will be available thanks to Steve at Autoform. Has the same lines as the roof. Note the presence of the semi A-pillar trim on the roof panel.. thats what will give it the "svelte" look. .. no thats not finished by any means.. just a precursor.. but it will look awesome even without this roof. Remember there is also a matching front splitter coming as well..
    On another note.. has no one figured out how the 3 piece version will work? :)
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    Thanks for watching.
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    Looking good, can't wait to see the finished products!
     
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    Looks like things are moving along nicely. How about taking some of the proceeds from your first sale and buy yourself a new camera.....LOL
     
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    Another hurdle cleared.. A big thanks to Greg Giardini for allowing a test fit on his second Gen Rt. If a complete stranger contacted any of us and asked to put something on top of our Vipers how many of us would respond "Come on over".. ? So his help is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately I personally was unable to attend due to my "real" job (boo-hiss) but Steve and one of his engineers were able to get this done like they have everything else and send me some pics. The top is a great fit on both generations and with this step finished the time for production is very close. Here are a couple pics sent to me of Greg's beautiful Rt10 with this top.

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  20. AaronFL

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    It looks great! I will be in Holland, MI all next week. If I had my Viper there I would be over in a heartbeat. I can't wait to see the finished product. It would be cool to stop by and see how it looks.
     
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    I've been trying to see this top for a while......Looking Good!!.....Glad to see that the adrenaline hasn't stopped......
     
  22. AaronFL

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    I stopped over at Autoform today and met the owner, Steve. He was a stand-up guy and definitely has the viper passion. He showed my dad and I around his facility. It was great to see all the stages of production. I have a real appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship it takes to develop and produce their products. I took a look at the new hardtop design. It looks great in photos, but looks even better in person. The lines of it flow very well. It looks especially good from the back. I can't wait to see the final product! Thanks again to Steven and Jason for letting me take a look. You will surely have my business in the future!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words...so my Viper passion still shows?...I am very excited about this hardtop and the other new products that we will be producing for the GenI and GenII cars. Pretty cool that your car was in Holland when it was brand new and we originally prepped and transported it to Viper Days events for the original owners.... That is a great car...lots of history...enjoy it. Thanks for stopping in and listening to my stories...looking forward to adding a Hardtop to the list of other Autoform parts that are already on your car.
     
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    When will Autoform have the spoiler available, I'm ready to buy!
     
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    They have them, Give Steve a call, I love mine, I'v had it 4 weeks now!! Looks Great!
     
  26. DeLViper

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    Excellent!! I'll give Steve a call! Just a quick question, are they clip ons or bolted? Also, how much is it and does it come painted?

    Can you post a pic of the spoiler on your Viper?
     
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    Very interested in seeing pics of the spoiler installed!!
     
  28. Jmch

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    100MEDIA36IMAG0168.jpg there is a new style spoiler to match the lines of the upcoming hardtop.... I will try to get a more recent pic up later today as this was taken quite some time ago with poor light setting.. check back this evening for an update for info on the other spoiler style look on AF's website..
     
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    Yea really wanna see the finished product for my genII. Showed a few people interested in the design.
     
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    Sorry for the delay on good spoiler pics.. Steve will actually have it finished and painted next week so we will get some good pics of it then instead of more teasing pics with my less than stellar phone.
     

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