Wisco150 salvaged a fixed top shell which he wants to turn into a pop top. He is trying to figure out a lifting mechanism/ design.
At the end of the day, for all the effort, a DIY CCV top would be far more efficient especially if he drove down from WI to pick it up to save the freight costs. He would have a complete well designed, all the parts there, excellent canvas ready to install system/top that had top residual brand value upon resale.
But he would not have the satisfaction/ frustration / time spent figuring things out/ buying things he may not use/ doing things three or four times/ missed time actually enjoying outings and exploring. But I digress based on personal experience and advanced age (tomorrow being my birthday - yikes!).
I figured out some things are better procured and save me in the medium/long term so I can focus on those things I can do myself.
BUT - again there is a lot to be said for rising to the challenge!
Beastie 3: 2002 7.3 EB Cargo: Agile TTB, CCV Mid Top, Custom Walk Through, Lots of stuff added. BlingMyRig.com