The car is a 1971 Chevelle. I have used the old top to get markings from, but it is not in the greatest shape. Plus, I don't think it was well-installed to begin with.
Here's my current progress - I decided to tighten the front bow up a bit with some spring clamps:
After that, here's the passenger's side:
Driver's side (you can see the lump of fabric that still
hasn't gone away completely, circled):
A wrinkle I am pretty concerned about
And my biggest concern - a strange GAP that shows up if I tighten the main top to the header bow (using spring clamps):
So I have two major questions at this point:
1) When you say the top has to be installed from back to front, does that mean I MUST
staple through the top into the rear bow before proceeding to the header bow? I was hoping to staple the rear bow only once I am sure things are going to fit and line up correctly.
2) What do you think of that GAP I showed in the picture? It seems to be on both sides (equally) depending on how tight I make it. I think that when I tighten the front of the main top so much, the rear bow doesn't pull the curtain all the way forward and the gap grows... Would this eventually work itself out???
Any ideas appreciated!