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Old 09-04-2012, 12:02 AM
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So, how do you fold your convertible top?

I have had my convertible for 25 years and never thought about how to lower the top properly, just unclamp it and drop it. My mom's Impala, same thing, it had a glass rear window, just be sure there was nothing in the trunk for it to hit and drop the top.

I want to do the best for my new top on the Gran Sport, how have you guys found to lower your top and save that rear window? I am thinking to unzip it, put a towel on both sides and protect it, is that over kill?

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Probably a good idea, if it gets done all the time...Easier just to hit that button....

I never did the towel thing, but would unzip it. Best to unclamp the top when unzipping and zipping, so its not so tight. I would just lay it flat in the well...My window lasted less than 10 years and that was keeping it garaged all the time.....no9 so much taht it got scratched, but it faded to that white that you cant see through.
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Probably a good idea, if it gets done all the time...Easier just to hit that button....

I never did the towel thing, but would unzip it. Best to unclamp the top when unzipping and zipping, so its not so tight. I would just lay it flat in the well...My window lasted less than 10 years and that was keeping it garaged all the time.....no9 so much taht it got scratched, but it faded to that white that you cant see through.


Ahhhhhh, now that is a good tip! Thanks so much, this car isn't going to be daily driven and I am really torn as to just leave the top down in the garage or put it up every time it goes back in there. I have an emotional connection to this top that I didn't to the one before, you know what I mean.

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Way back when I had converts, I would unzip the window and carefully stow it, making sure it was flat. Then unclamp and put the top down about 3/4's or so of the way. I would then pull and flatten the wadded up folds out as neatly as possible, then finish lowering it. I always used the tonneau cover to keep it clean and to prevent flapping - and it always looks finished that way as well.
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I'd get a soft blanket big enough to cover both sides. Lay it in well, unzip window and lay nice and flat and cover with other side of blanket and them fold it neatly as you put it down. I would store it with top up. The longer it's stuffed down the harder it is to get wrinkles out. By the way top turned out good.
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It's been a fey years since my daily driver was a convertible, after a few years you used to see convertible tops get wear on the folds. After I put on the new top I would close it 3/4 down then straighten it out and make sure the folds were not rubbing in the well before lowering it all the way down.
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Thanks guys, it's just basic care I guess, but you guys are fine tuning that idea for me, thanks.

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I think it is the temperature that matters most if it gets cool leave the top closed. I like to close the top every night and not leave it open so it does not get those nasty wrinkles.
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I put the top down to finish up the front moulding and even with all that work it looks so wrinkled when it gets put back up. I never thought about this the hundreds of times I put it up and down when I use to drive it. But now with all the work in PUTTING the top on and the money spent I look at it and it bugs me. But I am quickly getting over it.

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