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03-24-2020 04:21 PM
MGK I've had to get 3 in the time I've been working on mine, glad the metal work is done. Still donate blood to car occasionally. My hide isn't as thick as it used to be.
03-24-2020 04:10 PM
John long
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I hope your tetanus shot is up to date.
What on earth are you talking about? This thing is a cream puff!

John
03-24-2020 04:01 PM
MGK I hope your tetanus shot is up to date.
03-24-2020 03:55 PM
Too Many Projects I have been doing that for m any years, especially with broken bolts.
Caterpillar had a problem with the exhaust manifold studs snapping off over time from the expansion/contraction they experienced. Sometime in the early 90's they got the bright idea to replace the steel studs with stainless. My '92 had those studs when most of them snapped in about '97. I spent about $100 on special titanium drill bits to drill stainless and work them out with left hand bits and extractors. Took 2 DAYS to get 12 studs out and replaced !! The replacements were forged steel again and when they broke, I was in my new shop with the mig and built them up long enough to grab and the heat released the threads. Still took a day to do the job, but only a couple hours to get the studs out.
03-24-2020 03:40 PM
John long Today, I finished stripping the header bow, getting it ready for sand blasting. One of the things that slowed the process was trying to make sure I did not damage any of the threads as I took it apart.

Many people drill the screws out but I like to use my MIG for the stubborn ones.

The first thing is to take a cut off disc, roloc, or flap disc and knock the rust off the head of the screw. Then just zap the top of the screw 1/2 second with your MIG. Keep it set pretty hot. As the glow diminishes, zap it again. Do this a few times until you have it built up enough to get a hold of it with your vice grips. The expansion and contraction of the welding and the build up on the screw head will usually make removal a snap.









It took a while but all screws, attachments, and weather strips are now removed from the header bow. No threads damaged.






Time to move on to the rest of the bows so these pieces can find their way to the sandblaster's. While there is quite a bit of repair work required on the ends of the bow, it appears to be pretty simple and straight forward.

John
03-23-2020 12:04 AM
NEW INTERIORS Looks great Mr. John.. It's fun when it get's to this point.. Now you can look back and see all the hard work come together..
03-22-2020 02:16 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I have only did one convertible top, yep, I was blown away with the complexity of it. Chopping a top is childs play next to doing one of those!

I was damn proud I was able to pull it off!

Brian
Not only did you pull it off, You did a fine job of it!

John
03-22-2020 02:13 PM
John long LOL, as many mouse nests that I found, cats would have loved hanging around that car!

I have one baggy for the front bow, one for the others, one for the side rails and one for the scissor assembly. Along with that pictures of each joint and the orientation of the hardware.

We cracked one bushing taking it out but I already have one ordered.

Keep your fingers crossed......Better yet, say a little prayer for me.

John
03-22-2020 12:16 PM
MGK
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There is also a rusted out section of the side rail. This is puzzling because the rest of it appears to be solid. I wonder if there was a spot where the top held water against it causing it to rust more in this one spot. We will probably never know but it does make you wonder.

That could be where a cat peed on it.
I had my inner window frames stored, and some damn cat peed on them. I had to have them soda blasted and neutralized to stop the rust. still getting some seam rust on back side. Some nasty stuff.
03-22-2020 10:44 AM
MARTINSR I have only did one convertible top, yep, I was blown away with the complexity of it. Chopping a top is childs play next to doing one of those!

I was damn proud I was able to pull it off!

Brian
03-22-2020 09:15 AM
Too Many Projects Hope you took a lot of reference pics of the disassembly. I sure wouldn't remember how that puzzle went together without them.
03-21-2020 07:01 PM
John long Wow, who would have thought how many pieces there are that make up the convertible top assembly.

Steve came down and we knocked them apart yesterday except for removing the weather stripping and retainers. we did well and only broke two bolts and one bushing. Fortunately, it was a standard 3/8 x 1/2 oilite bushing so no big deal at all.

I did get the latch mechanism freed up and working a couple of days ago.





They are better than I expected but you can see here where my challenge will be.

Both corners of the header bow are really crusty so I have some more metal work to do.



There is also a rusted out section of the side rail. This is puzzling because the rest of it appears to be solid. I wonder if there was a spot where the top held water against it causing it to rust more in this one spot. We will probably never know but it does make you wonder.



Also, There is no wear on any of the bushings. They look perfect. Obviously, who ever owned this car did not operate the convertible top very often. I think I mentioned early in my thread, the top was the original one. It was obvious there were only one set of staple holes.

John
03-21-2020 05:30 PM
idrivejunk Might as well drive it, wipers are on the wrong side of the windshield for sitting in it making ferocious hungry rat noises anyway.
03-21-2020 03:56 PM
John long
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It's not ready for the grand appearance yet anyway. The shows will come back this fall. That will give you time to get door panels done to go with the seats...

Not sure if congrats are in order, when another guy got to take her virginity... ..
Hmmmmm, Had not thought about it that way!

Steve actually said he was not going to drive it until I could be there. I told him it was supposed to be cool and rainy for the next week and assured him he had my blessings to try her out.

I never thought about being jealous.

John
03-21-2020 12:49 PM
Too Many Projects It's not ready for the grand appearance yet anyway. The shows will come back this fall. That will give you time to get door panels done to go with the seats...

Not sure if congrats are in order, when another guy got to take her virginity... ..
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