Well, it appears that 30k miles, 10 years, stiffer engine mounts and 80+ track days (per my logbook) of riding curbs has destroyed my LF hard top mount.
I was running with Trackmasters Racing at Laguna Seca on 11/1/15 and halfway through my last session (car turned 30k miles during said session), accelerating up the hill on the run up to the Corkscrew and I started to see daylight between my windshield header frame and the leading edge of the hard top as I was bouncing over the curbing on driver's left.
This was rather disconcerting right as I was approaching the braking zone, but it was clear the LF of the top was no longer secured to the windshield header frame as it was bouncing up & down, letting daylight in. So I slowed more than normal (nobody immediately behind me) and reached up with my left hand to pull the front of the hard top back down against the windshield header frame and then exited the track (I signaled) a few turns later and pulled into the paddock. The below pics show what I had in my hand after I stopped. The LF hardtop mount had cracked, causing the entire mounting pin to pull out of the hard top in its entirety, torqued bolt and all, including the portion of the top fiberglass that the mounting pin seats against. See attached pics.
I was bummed, but at least the RF mount was still intact. I shudder to think what would have happened if the RF mount had failed too, at speed, on the track. Sudden hard top removal syndrome at speed. Who knows where it woulda landed. Ugh. That really woulda SUCKED. I called it a day, packed it in, applied duct tape along the full width of the windshield header frame and the leading edge of the top and drove home 120 miles to San Francisco without further issue. My car has been parked ever since as I have been playing with my new toy (https://amoroso.smugmug.com/Cars/198...70-Point-Loma/
) in the interim.
Upon some discussion with Phil, it ends up that the header interior trim piece adds some clamping / structural integrity to the leading edge of the hard top mounting, but I pulled that piece 29,986 miles prior for improved front visibility (I'm 6'2"). Oh well, live and learn. I'd still want that trim piece out of the way, but perhaps I can come up with some low-profile mount / bracketry that will utilize the three bolt receptacles in the center leading edge of the top to provide some additional clamping.
Anyway, I LOVE my hard top. Sold my soft top years ago. Have only run open top a handful of times. So, as much as I would like to use this as an excuse to purchase a carbon fiber hard top, I would like to fix mine.
I searched here and could only find these threads, which do not apply...
So, there you have it. Any BTDT or suggestions for getting my top fixed? I assume it has to go to a body shop. Any recommendations for Elige approved SF Bay Area body shops would me much appreciated too!