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installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! #5208208 09/09/19 05:49 AM
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What a miserable job that is. Do manufacturers do their own tops on the assembly line or do they have a 3rd party do them and ship them as bolt ins? Good grief that job is worse than finishing drywall. Took me 3 hours to remove the old top by myself and 6 hours to install the new top with one helper. The new top is a KEE one piece with vinyl rear window. It has an 8 year warranty. The stock top was a 2-piece with glass rear window. The KEE top is much easier to install than an OEM top too...yikes

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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208225 09/09/19 06:28 AM
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I've done convertible tops a couple of times. I didn't find them all that difficult, just time consuming.

Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208227 09/09/19 06:31 AM
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Wow that car is CLEAN!


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: jeepman3071] #5208229 09/09/19 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by jeepman3071
Wow that car is CLEAN!


2nd!

That's a clean car!!


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208233 09/09/19 06:42 AM
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Looks great.


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208240 09/09/19 07:00 AM
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Nice job and nice car!

Convertible tops are a pain, I find them extremely fiddly as opposed to difficult, though I've only done manual roadster tops. The cables, etc. for an auto top must add some frustration.


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208261 09/09/19 07:31 AM
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I installed a top on my S2000 a few years ago. Not too terribly difficult, but tedious enough to where it was no fun!

Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208265 09/09/19 07:34 AM
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DIY and save some $

Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208309 09/09/19 08:57 AM
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If that's a keeper, and if you're in Michigan, why didn't you get the original glass window? The plastic ones scratch if you just breathe on it and loose clarity after a few years, plus the glass has a defroster.

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Did a top on my 1970 VW. Took me ALL DAY!


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208388 09/09/19 10:30 AM
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I've had my MG nearly 4 years, and it has made very, very few visits to the shop in that time.

One of the visits it has made was to fit the new top. In my book, it was $200 very well spent.


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: atikovi] #5208430 09/09/19 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
If that's a keeper, and if you're in Michigan, why didn't you get the original glass window?

Not sure about Mustangs, the glass windows on the convertible Sebrings did have a habit of falling off as the top fabric became stretched and delaminated. The OEMs get their convertible tops fully assembled in the stowed position. All they do on the assembly line is install the top and the hydraulics/cabling/wiring that makes it all work.

That's a clean 90s Stang.

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Your Mustang still looks very nice! Most of the older body style Mustangs like yours (I call them "roundy Mustangs") I see are all beat up/rusted out by now. Most people must not take very good care of them...

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I have done several over the years, but only on MG's and Triumph's. Good looking Mustang.


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Re: installed new convertible top Saturday...NEVER AGAIN! [Re: dwcopple] #5208661 09/09/19 05:42 PM
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that is (from at least that angle) one of the cleanest SN95's i've seen in a long time.

Cleaner than my brother's '98 GT that has spent it's whole life garaged.(14,500mi, still has the factory tires.)


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