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With the weather turning colder and wetter I have found myself wanting a hardtop canopy to keep some of the rain off. I was think something like in this pic. Anyone build their own?
 

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I have never built my own...but the one that came on the Electric Gator had some good features.

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It was as wide as the whole vehicle, so it offered pretty good rain protection without having to fuss with doors (yes it does rain a bit here in Oregon...) It had running board extensions so your feet always stayed in the gator -- even with two generous sized passengers. The windshield was GLASS so it was easy to clean off tree sap and other contaminants that cause scratching on a plastic windscreen.

Because we had lots of paths through our woods that had lots of foliage to brush aside when we drove through, i installed a multi-panel rear view mirror that was mounted along the underside of the cab. Nothing to snare on the limbs...
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These ideas would be good for any cab/cap -- commercial or shop made.

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I kinda like that extra width. Thanks for the pics, Chuck.
 

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Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it: HPIM2872.JPG

I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier: HPIM2903.JPG
 

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Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it:

I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier:

What size tubing did you use?
 

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Mine had one similar to your first picture when I bought it:

I didn't like the way the rear frame was installed, so I built my own, making it a lot sturdier:

What size tubing did you use?
1-1/2" if I remember right, for the top, I just cut the curve off the original frame & bolted it to the tubing.
 

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I was looking around the farm for material to build a canopy and got to looking at a beat up freebie truck canopy that we got years ago. It's fiberglass and looks like it could be easily cut down to use on the Gator. I have some square tubing but may need to get some more. Not sure what to do for a windshield though I do like the one's that the top half fold down.
 

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I was looking around the farm for material to build a canopy and got to looking at a beat up freebie truck canopy that we got years ago. It's fiberglass and looks like it could be easily cut down to use on the Gator. I have some square tubing but may need to get some more. Not sure what to do for a windshield though I do like the one's that the top half fold down.
If nothing else plexiglass , drill a few hole put rubber washer under and fasten it to the metal frame. It would keep the wind off you :dunno:

or after you know the size needed go to a junk yard and see if they have a glass about the size needed , :dunno:
 

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If nothing else plexiglass , drill a few hole put rubber washer under and fasten it to the metal frame. It would keep the wind off you :dunno:

or after you know the size needed go to a junk yard and see if they have a glass about the size needed , :dunno:
Might try that route. It can always be changed down the road.
 

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I agree with Gene. Plexiglass is cheap and good. It's not so scratch-resistant like other materials but it will be the right for the GATOR (I've used it for a sunprotection). Let the fixing holes drill in the market where you'll buy the windshield.
 

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With the weather turning colder and wetter I have found myself wanting a hardtop canopy to keep some of the rain off. I was think something like in this pic. Anyone build their own?
Have you given a soft top any thought?
 

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Used golf cart parts are not all that expensive due to the large number of carts salvaged from golf courses as they convert from gas to electric models and/or replace old hard to maintain equipment with newer stuff. Most of these had canopies, and the two passenger ones are nearly square -- might be possible to mount it sideways to gain a bit more width from the typical cart width of just under 4 feet

My own cart is a 4 passenger one so its canopy is much longer and probably not suited to your Gator uses...Champagne is always optional with golf carts. :lol:

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Used canopies are running about $100 on eBay quite regularly...
https://www.ebay.com/i/302236195270?chn=ps&dispctrl=1

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Here are some pics of the pickup canopy. It measures about 59" in width at the top corners. If I had to narrow it I don't think it would be to difficult.
 

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Here are some pics of the pickup canopy. It measures about 59" in width at the top corners. If I had to narrow it I don't think it would be to difficult.
why not use the back side of the cap for ur window? like then u could just flop it right up onto the roof in the summertime. u got the hinges already there and everything holding the back glass in.:dunno: just a thought!
 

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why not use the back side of the cap for ur window? like then u could just flop it right up onto the roof in the summertime. u got the hinges already there and everything holding the back glass in.:dunno: just a thought!
Never thought about that. Only problem is the back glass is missing.
 
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