Originally Posted by flats
I can do it that way but the top I have has a track that you shape and install with rivets or bolts just outside the top opening. You then remove it and install chicken wire, the pad, and then stretch the vinyl over that. Then the track is bolted or riveted through the vinyl. Then trim the vinyl on outside of track and then the track is covered with a piece of formed vinyl. I would just like to eliminate the removal of the metal roof and lay the pad and vinyl over that. I am now thinking I may be able to lay a piece of 18 guage metal sheet over the existing roof and it will cover the inverted ribs and stay rigid over the low spots. Thanks for the reply. I may have to resort to going that way after all is said and done.
I'm not for sure but I don't know why a company would make a replacement soft roof to fit over a hard roof. With that being said I don't believe you are using the soft top as it was desighed. What you are saying you are going to do is how you would put on one with top bows, using the materials that you would use. You don't bolt the cloth to the steel top or use rivets, you would have to use one hell of a gob of tar to keep it from leaking, plus it wouldn't look very good. It is your car, you can do what you want, but if you want it to look nice do it right, either take the sheet metal out and put soft top in, or grind all the bondo out and repair and leave the sheet metal.
Myself I would grind the bondo out and see what I had. then go from there. It is all in how you want it to look.