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1. (WO1997014570) VEHICLE ROOF ASSEMBLY WITH REMOVABLE AND STORABLE COCKPIT COVER

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/014570    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/016658
Publication Date: Apr 24, 1997 International Filing Date: Oct 17, 1996
IPC: B60J 7/11
B60J 7/20
Applicants: BESTOP, INC.
Inventors: DINSMOOR, John, C., III
VAN EVEREN, Barry
VENON, Dallas, L.
COPPOM, Brian, C.
Title: VEHICLE ROOF ASSEMBLY WITH REMOVABLE AND STORABLE COCKPIT COVER
Abstract:
A hardtop roof assembly (1) for a passenger vehicle (2). The roof assembly (1) includes a hard cover (3) over the passenger cockpit. The cockpit cover (3) is completely removable from the remainder of the roof assembly (1) and vehicle (2) and can be selectively secured over the opening (5) above the passenger cockpit or to a rear storage rack (7) for transport with the vehicle (2). Because it is completely removable, the cockpit cover (3) can also be stored inside the vehicle (2) or left at home if desired. The cockpit cover (3) uses common securing members (15, 39) to selectively secure it over the opening (5) above the passengers or to the rear storage rack (7). Additionally, the side edge portions (35, 37) of the cover (3) and storage rack (7) have vertically extending surfaces (67, 67') that abut and substantilly mate with each other to add lateral stability and prevent any side-to-side movement of the cover (3) when it is secured to the storage rack (7).