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Old 09-06-2012, 08:47 PM
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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!

Thanks,
Mark
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:16 PM
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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?



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

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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?

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Roll them up and put a rubber band on them or tape them.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:46 AM
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That is what I will do, thanks.

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:29 AM
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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!

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:31 AM
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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.

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Don't be your own worst critic. It looks great Brian.

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