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Replacement Top DYI
#1
Good evening.

I was wondering if anyone has replaced their convertible top themselves? Is this a task a novice like myself might try? I've replaced Jeep tops but that is the extent of my experience.

Thanks
Taylor
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#2
Wish I could help, Taylor. I was fortunate that my top was in great shape when I got it. We have a lot of convertible owners here, so I hope they might be able to chime in shortly. Good luck.

Doc

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73vertproject;15512 Wrote:Wish I could help, Taylor. I was fortunate that my top was in great shape when I got it. We have a lot of convertible owners here, so I hope they might be able to chime in shortly. Good luck.

Doc

Sorry Taylor, my top is in pretty good condition and I haven't had to go down that road yet.

Ken

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#4
Hi Taylor,
Unfortunately I don't know either, because I had mine replaced when the car was at the body shop for the paint.
I'd like to know too, as I was planning to maybe go back to a white top instead of the black.
Let's hope somebody will chime in with their experience.

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#5
I need to put a new top on my car also. So, I need the same help.

Mike

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#6
I had a new top put on my 73 last spring. I had all the weatherstrip replaced on the top frame and the vinyl "well" replaced that the top store's in behind the back seat. The shop charged $600 for all the labor. They did a great job. If your just doing the top then it should be about half that. I thought about trying my self, but I figured it would be hard to get it right.

This link may help you decide if you want to try it yourself:
http://www.convertibletopguys.com/sitema...rtible-top



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I did my own on 2 mustangs. The last one I did on the green one took a 3 day weekend. It is doable and you dont need a lot of special tools except for a staple gun and Stainless staples, but you need a truckload of patience.
Plan on lots of time to mock up the new top, make adjustments, remove, install again, adjust, stretch, remove again etc etc.
Plan on ordering the top kit and the reinforcement layer or underlayer I think its called, these are the heavy canvas piees that insulate the vinyl from the metal frame, unless your originals are in good condition.
Shops around here charged $500 a few years ago so I did it to save money, but if you have the money, it is money well spent, definetely not a project that I would do for the fun of it.
Also the vinyl comes with some insignificant markings like a crayon line here or a tiny notch there, pay attention to those they are for lining up with the frame or body.
If you tackle it yourself let me know by PM I will be glad to help
PS. its nothin like a Jeep top, the kit you get looks like raw vinyl with a few stitches done for the top curve and the window edge

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jorgem2;15576 Wrote:I did my own on 2 mustangs. The last one I did on the green one took a 3 day weekend. It is doable and you dont need a lot of special tools except for a staple gun and Stainless staples, but you need a truckload of patience.
Plan on lots of time to mock up the new top, make adjustments, remove, install again, adjust, stretch, remove again etc etc.
Plan on ordering the top kit and the reinforcement layer or underlayer I think its called, these are the heavy canvas piees that insulate the vinyl from the metal frame, unless your originals are in good condition.
Shops around here charged $500 a few years ago so I did it to save money, but if you have the money, it is money well spent, definetely not a project that I would do for the fun of it.
Also the vinyl comes with some insignificant markings like a crayon line here or a tiny notch there, pay attention to those they are for lining up with the frame or body.
If you tackle it yourself let me know by PM I will be glad to help
PS. its nothin like a Jeep top, the kit you get looks like raw vinyl with a few stitches done for the top curve and the window edge

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Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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jorgem2;15576 Wrote:I did my own on 2 mustangs. The last one I did on the green one took a 3 day weekend. It is doable and you dont need a lot of special tools except for a staple gun and Stainless staples, but you need a truckload of patience.
Plan on lots of time to mock up the new top, make adjustments, remove, install again, adjust, stretch, remove again etc etc.
Plan on ordering the top kit and the reinforcement layer or underlayer I think its called, these are the heavy canvas piees that insulate the vinyl from the metal frame, unless your originals are in good condition.
Shops around here charged $500 a few years ago so I did it to save money, but if you have the money, it is money well spent, definetely not a project that I would do for the fun of it.
Also the vinyl comes with some insignificant markings like a crayon line here or a tiny notch there, pay attention to those they are for lining up with the frame or body.
If you tackle it yourself let me know by PM I will be glad to help
PS. its nothin like a Jeep top, the kit you get looks like raw vinyl with a few stitches done for the top curve and the window edge

Thanks for the information. Looks like I will be hunting me up someone to do it. Patience is not something I have a lot of these days.

Taylor
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Thanks for the information. Looks like I will be hunting me up someone to do it. Patience is not something I have a lot of these days.

Taylor
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