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Old 06-28-2007, 06:41 PM
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50's Ford hydraulic roof question

My memory on auto trivia is fading! what was the first year that ford had the hydraulic retractable roof. And did they ever have a hydraulic retractable rag top in the 50's? and finally is there any being built by a site member now? thanks Bob

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Retractable hdtp was 1958.
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Retractable hdtp was 1958.
Only 58? or started in 58?
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Is there anybody building one on this site? Ive got a little something they might want, not for sale, a gift from me to them!
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I had a 57 hard top retractable and it was not hydraulic at all It was all electric and was controlled by a bank of starter solenoids located in the floor behind the back seat. The movement was all automatic and the solenoids, which controlled various jackscrews, were controlled (or at least that was the way it was supposed to work ) by limit switches located at various points in the mechanism. I finally got fed up with that crappy set-up and just mounted a series of switches in the glove box to control each function independently, a bit clumsy but at least it worked which is more than can be said for the factory system.
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I had a 57 hard top retractable and it was not hydraulic at all It was all electric and was controlled by a bank of starter solenoids located in the floor behind the back seat. The movement was all automatic and the solenoids, which controlled various jackscrews, were controlled (or at least that was the way it was supposed to work ) by limit switches located at various points in the mechanism. I finally got fed up with that crappy set-up and just mounted a series of switches in the glove box to control each function independently, a bit clumsy but at least it worked which is more than can be said for the factory system.
This item has to go to some one who has the hydraulic system. Dont know which one would be better, Hyd. or Elect.?
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This item has to go to some one who has the hydraulic system. Dont know which one would be better, Hyd. or Elect.?

Did'nt know they even made a hydraulic system, of the one's I have seen they were all electric but then my experience with them is quite limited except for the one I had which did not work worth crap.
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