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convertible top
#1
Hi there, did anyone ever change their convertible top, if so, is it as hard as I am led to believe? Thanks
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#2
I have not but plan to. There are videos available and some on-line information. I do not have a URL though.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

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#3
Here is a thread with a lot of discussion on doing it yourself versus having it done by a professional. I paid to have mine installed. I'm a pretty good back yard mechanic and handy man, but did not want to try installing the top.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-repla...rtible+top
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#4
Hi there I am a pretty good back yarder as well
but fitting a new top was just a bit beyond me
possibly could have done it but and its a big but
some of the stuff Ive read
you need a staple gun to stick the top to the rails
and one slip and the roof dont fit
so I paid for mine to be installed by a pro
it cost me $900 in labour as I already had a new top
but I am very happy with the result
it made my vert look 100% better than before
so if you can afford it
get it done professionaly
thats my advice
just look at my avatar
and you can see what it turned out like
thanks John
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#5
lastfairlane;59874 Wrote:just look at my avatar
and you can see what it turned out like
thanks John

Looks like the top is down in your Avatar! Huh
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#6
OLE PONY;59876 Wrote:
lastfairlane;59874 Wrote:just look at my avatar
and you can see what it turned out like
thanks John

Looks like the top is down in your Avatar! Huh

LOL I was thinking the same thing. Maybe it is 'clear' fabric?? Smile


'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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shellbuyer;59814 Wrote:Hi there, did anyone ever change their convertible top, if so, is it as hard as I am led to believe? Thanks

I put mine on in 2004. It is a fairly tedious job but not impossible. the hardest part is getting the rear of the top in place and situated to fit the glass window all at the same time. There is a lot of work to do in the trunk on your back. it is not fun if you are a big guy (6'-4", 275#). The advantage of doing it yourself is that you can detail the ribcage and lube all the pivot points. A clean ribcage really enhances the look of a new top.

I have argent lower paint on my convertible so I used a grey top. I think it looks better than a white top and does not show the dirt as bad.

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#8
I paid $250 to have my top replaced. It was done by a friend who LOVES to do that kind of work. He had my car for 4 weeks, but it came out outstanding.

Things to be concerned with are:

1. Was the top done before? If so, then who knows what the previous installer might have done that will make your job tougher.

2. I was afraid of stapling the front. On my 73, there was simply a piece of wood that was glued(?) to the front crossmember, and the top is stapled to this. The wood was all rotted away. That had to be replaced, and I am pretty sure the replacement is plastic. Know idea how the top is attached to the rear cross member. Probably the same way.

3. The rear window is a pain. But if you don't mind doing things 4 or 5 times until everything fits right, then this job is for you.

I have a 73 Shop Manual if you need some guidance.

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#9
I am dropping mine back off at the shop today. They pulled the old top off last week and I spend some time this weekend painting the frame and replacing a bolt and a missing nut. (BTW, I need the correct bolt, I will post up a different thread). Looking at it I am glad I didn't try to tackle this job myself. The shop said they would have the car for a few days.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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will e;69621 Wrote:I am dropping mine back off at the shop today. They pulled the old top off last week and I spend some time this weekend painting the frame and replacing a bolt and a missing nut. (BTW, I need the correct bolt, I will post up a different thread). Looking at it I am glad I didn't try to tackle this job myself. The shop said they would have the car for a few days.

What bolt / nut do you need?
Don

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