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10-14-2012 12:47 PM
John long Don't be your own worst critic. It looks great Brian.

John L
10-14-2012 09:31 AM
MARTINSR In looking at this photo it looks like I need to adjust the top bows to stack lower on the left side. But I swear it did before I put the top on so I am thinking I just didn't let the rams pull it down tight being I was babying it quite a bit. It stacks lower than that guys.

10-14-2012 09:29 AM
MARTINSR Dan, and all those who tossed out ideas, I want to thank you all again. Thanks for helping me save money, I couldn't afford to buy this car today, it's way out of my budget. To be able to install the top made the finished car a reality as it probably would have never happened if it meant spending the kind of money it takes to have someone put a new top on it. I would have hacked over the top I had and it would have been pretty ugly.

I drove the car for the first time yesterday, I went to the gas station and then put the top down and drove it around town and it really was a great experience.

I can't thank you guys enough, I keep thinking about it every time I look at this top, without you Dan keeping this great forum going and helping me out I couldn't have done it, thanks so much!


09-09-2012 08:46 AM
MARTINSR That is what I will do, thanks.

09-09-2012 08:02 AM
DanTwoLakes Roll them up and put a rubber band on them or tape them.
09-08-2012 10:15 PM
MARTINSR Ok, I am thinking I did something wrong here, what the heck do I do with the zipper? I thought about this but dismissed it, now I am thinking these damn things will be whipping around in the wind if I drive with the top up and the windows down. What was I suppose to do with them?


09-07-2012 08:29 AM
MARTINSR The sun does WONDERS for putting on a top! I sure learned that!

09-07-2012 06:49 AM
DanTwoLakes When the weather gets better, put the top completely up and down a few times, and then let it sit outside in the sun. ( with the top completely up and latched.)

The only thing that would concern me is why that cable pocket looks like that.
09-06-2012 09:16 PM
MARTINSR Thanks, I don't have any advice for you but I can say these wrinkles seem to be pretty much the norm with a lot of tops I looked at.

Dan, I am wondering if I don't have my side cables tight enough in regards to wrinkles like these?

09-06-2012 08:47 PM
delkra Hi Brian - Great job! That's looking like an excellent top installation!

I had to go out of town for a while so I haven't had much time to work on mine. Oh yeah and it has rained for 5 days straight, so I can't take it out to get some good pictures of it.

Anyhow, here are some older pictures (I made a little progress since then) from the garage. I took the photos from the worst possible angles to show you guys where I am really concerned about the top install. Without further delay:

The "good":

The "not-so-bad" (note the annoying line created by the cable pocket - it isn't the cable, it is the top edge of the pocket!!):

The "uh-oh":

The "ugly"... Please make suggestions on this one. It is pretty tight up front (I have to put some pressure on the top to get it to close). The sides are as tight as they really need to be. I don't know where to take out the slack. Also, just as a note, my top doesn't have the darts that Brian's does, so cutting and adjusting is not really an option.

I'll be putting up some more pics when the weather gets a little better. I am really amazed how good this thing looks from 10 feet away, but under the right (wrong) lighting, you can definitely still see some issues.

Just like Brian mentioned, I don't think I could have made it this far without you guys' help and ideas!

09-06-2012 01:34 PM
MARTINSR And thanks again Dan!

09-06-2012 12:02 PM
DanTwoLakes [QUOTE=MARTINSR;1588728]I am down to the wire here, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH! I couldn't have done this without you, one last thing (I think, but come on, there will probably be more) how do I fold this vinyl around the moulding at the ends?

I have this piece to experiment with and I have came up with this that produces the best result I could find but is there a better way?

Yes, here's how it should be done: Don't trim out any of the fabric. The fabric should be sewed to the molding and then simply folded under.
09-06-2012 11:49 AM
DanTwoLakes That shouldn't be a problem, Brian.
09-06-2012 08:45 AM
MARTINSR Also, that loop of material that is glued to the roof at the second bow, it's tight over the top but very loose at the bottom, this is with the top up and clamped. Is this going to be anything I should change? My old top had that piece ripped off it when I bought the car so I hate to do the same the first time I put it down!


09-06-2012 07:28 AM
MARTINSR By the way, I did put a little silicone sealer across that rear bow where I cut the top and gathered it. I just couldn't leave it without.

I ran a piece of masking tape as a straight edge (saw a bunch of convertibles at the Goodguys with the wire-on all crooked!).

And wham, just like that the rear was done!

It was at that point I found myself literally "giddy" with excitement. Again, thank you so much!

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