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Had to add a 6 point roll cage to the convertible

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Had to add a 6 point roll cage to the convertible

Once you get a convertible quicker than 13.49 in the quarter mile a 6 point is required. I had one custom fabricated since I couldn't find what I needed and wanted.

We finally had a day where I could get some pictures of the changes that Bobby (Custom Fabrication - new website coming www.customfabrication.com) did to the harness bar last weekend. He took the straight bar out and put a bent one in. I can now recline the seat back and get it set up at a comfortable position.

I also added something today since I had a little time. Had to make it stand out just a little more when the top is down.
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And -- added the stripe to the bar

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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I really like that
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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The stripe really finishes it off perfectly. I also like the white piping on the door panels that picks up the theme. Looks like a clean fabrication, and Bobby did a nice job matching the color to the interior. Having a convertible myself, I just have to say one thing: either you aren't married, your wife doesn't ever ride with you, or your wife is wired a lot different than mine is. For my wife, even putting the top down is a big adventure.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thanks - I couldn't decide on the stripe then decided it was only vinyl and if I didn't like it could take it off easily. Looks like this winter will be time to pull the cage out and paint the stripe. I like how it turned out and no one will ask again if something happened to the top since the "mechanism is still up".

My wife does ride in the car sometimes, but prefers her car when we go places. She thinks that my car rides too rough with all the suspension changes.

The door bars are removable, plus they swing out when they are installed - you can see the pin at the top of the door bar to release it. But I pull them out unless I'm headed to the track (or in this case, getting some pictures for Bobby). She actually rode in the car the other day and the passenger side door bar was in. I just had to help her get in and out.
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so a stock shelby convertible needs a roll cage otherwise it cant run at the track?

EDIT - Not even, just a stock gt would
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:37 AM   #6
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Looks great Jim! I can't say I have ever seen stripes on a roll bar with a vert before!
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Thats awesome looking, Jim.
I love the stripe.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:02 AM   #8
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That is simply beautiful Jim, and adding the stripe completed it looks-wise (heck, if you gotta add it, it might as well look cool too )

I haven't been near a track since the intercooler went in, sort of hesitant to to, as I suspect I'll be in the same boat.
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:03 AM   #9
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Looks really nice. Didn't know that a 13.49 was the cut though.

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For my wife, even putting the top down is a big adventure.
Most women have that problem at some point or another
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so a stock shelby convertible needs a roll cage otherwise it cant run at the track?

EDIT - Not even, just a stock gt would
Last I heard NHRA rules were any open top vehicle that runs 13.5 or quicker needs a roll bar and any open top vehicle quicker then 12.5 need a full cage! Gainesville will run you off without a roll bar @ 13.00
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Another friend with a convertible and I were standing there watching a motorcycle go down the track at 10.3 and about 130 mph and he had been pulled for running a 12.9 in his car. But I guess the thinking is that the guy on the motorcycle will be tossed away in a crash while we are strapped in to the car with the soft top overhead.

And Paul, I'm sure that you would get the same thing. Last year at Ubly they said "you can finish out today, but don't come back next year without the roll bar". At that time I was just dialing in the Xtreme and was running 13.1 - now it runs sub 13's
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Nice job..........Cr Mo or mild steel ??
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #13
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very nice.. now get a 5 point harness and a fire extinguisher mounted on that bad boy!

I love those stripes... really does make it look cooler.. I've never seen anybody do that..
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thanks - and it is mild steel. Cro moly would have been a little more expensive. This one only cost me $1,100 installed.
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are hard tops still set at 12sec or did they change that? Do that make a roll cage that does interrupt the back seats? Gonna have to get a Baby on board sticker one day.
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Nice tight looking fit. Hard to keep the utility of the rear even with rollbars.
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are hard tops still set at 12sec or did they change that? Do that make a roll cage that does interrupt the back seats? Gonna have to get a Baby on board sticker one day.
The reason mine is removable is so that my grandkids can ride in the back seat still. You don't want to have those back seat passengers exposed to those hard metal bars in an accident. You need the back bars for the cage to be legal (the first level is a 5 point - two to the back, two coming down on the main hoop, and one going to the floor next to the driver footwell - but you might as well add the 6th point and have a bar going to the other side as well).
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The reason mine is removable is so that my grandkids can ride in the back seat still. You don't want to have those back seat passengers exposed to those hard metal bars in an accident. You need the back bars for the cage to be legal (the first level is a 5 point - two to the back, two coming down on the main hoop, and one going to the floor next to the driver footwell - but you might as well add the 6th point and have a bar going to the other side as well).
Not sure I understand - what part is removable? it seems that special bar you have is fixed and it makes the rear seat almost unusable, isn't it?
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Not sure I understand - what part is removable? it seems that special bar you have is fixed and it makes the rear seat almost unusable, isn't it?
The entire cage is removable. The door bars come out by pulling the pin at the top and the bolt at the bottom (I remove them for daily driving). Then the main hoop comes out by pulling out the 8 bolts in the floor, pull the back seat bottom out and undo the 8 bolts holding the back bars, and the entire thing comes out of the car.

A removable harness bar (the "special fixed bar") isn't track legal. Plus I wouldn't want my granddaugthers riding back there even with the harness bar removed. One side hit or quick turn and their heads would be hitting against the back bars. So yes, even if the harness bar was removable the back seat would still be unusable in reality.
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I guess my question is whether the whole thing is removable easily (e.g. you do it once in a while, and sometimes have the car without the cage) or is it something that takes many hours and/or require a shop - and may be done only when you sell the car.

I've been thinking about getting a cage to be able to go on a track once in a while; but it is not something I want to be fixed on the car from now on ...
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