02-05 Transporting Hardtop in pickup truck

biddle

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When you post to the forum, summarize your post in the subject. Your post is about transporting a hardtop, not ""2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird"
I will fix it. Good titles get more responses.
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medurham

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Question: Has anyone ever transported a 2002-2005 T'bird hard top in the bed of a full size pick up?
?? You would want to lay it on a padded surface and then tie it down well up close to the cab of the truck out of the wind with the top painted surface down.. When I picked up my 2002, it was at the local person's Ford dealer, it was in to fix a few things before I picked it up, but the top hadn't been on for over 10 years, He brought the top in the back of his Toyota Tacoma pickup laid on a thick padded blanket and strapped criss cross with 2 inch straps to keep it in place. He also said he drove slow. Hope this helps. It worked fine, it took us 5 minutes to get it on and secure on the car, and I drove it the 150 miles home.
 

BIRDSALL

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I live in south eastern NC and over the years have purchase two hard tops, one on LI and one in Houston TX.
Both times I drove t-bird to pick them up. I figured it was the safest way to transport them. It also gave me a great reason to drive our wonderful vehicles...
 
Question: Has anyone ever transported a 2002-2005 T'bird hard top in the bed of a full size pick up?
I had a red C4 Corvette that I bought a hard top for. The hard top is pretty much the same as the T Bird's. I travelled about 180 miles each way in an '04 Extended cab GMC Sierra. I placed a sturdy cardboard box under the front of the top and set the rear on a thick blanket. I then bungeed a thick blanket around everything and placed it up against the front of the bed so it would not slide when braking. I had no problems or damages.
 
Thanks for all the ideas. I ended up putting large canvas, 18X25 in the bed of the pick up and then put a quilted moving blanket over the top and underneath the top. The canvas was large enough to cover the top with 2 or 3 layers. Then ran straps criss cross over the top and cinched everything down good. It rained all day for the 450 mile trip but when I got home the top was safe and dry put it on that night, newtop.jpg newtop.jpg
 

BIRDSALL

Active Member
Thanks for all the ideas. I ended up putting large canvas, 18X25 in the bed of the pick up and then put a quilted moving blanket over the top and underneath the top. The canvas was large enough to cover the top with 2 or 3 layers. Then ran straps criss cross over the top and cinched everything down good. It rained all day for the 450 mile trip but when I got home the top was safe and dry put it on that night, View attachment 14896 View attachment 14896
Wow....what an incredible look.
Congratulations
 
Question: Has anyone ever transported a 2002-2005 T'bird hard top in the bed of a full size pick up?
I RECENTLY HAULED ONE FROM VERO BEACH FL TO SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. HAULED IT IN A NISSAN TITAN TRUCK. HAD TO GO IN SIDEWAYS TO FIT AND CLOSE MY TAILGATE. USED HARBOUR FREIGHT MOVING BLANKETS TO PROTECT AND ALSO SOME STRAPS TO INSURE NO WIND GOT UNDER IT AND LIFTED IT OUT OF TRUCK. RODE 10 1/2 HOURS WITH NO PROBLEMS AND NO DAMAGE. GOOD LUCK.
 
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