Q: Replacing Convertible Top (Vinyl)
I need to replace the vinyl for my convertible top. Does anyone have any tips?
A: I’ve replaced two tops on my 1969 Firebird the things I recall are:
1. Make sure its at least 70 degrees out side (This allows the top to be stretched)
2. Buy a new tack strip (This goes on the front bow on the bottom side) and glue it down.
3. Use a HD staple gun that works with the small diameter round end staples.
4. Measurer the locations and angles of the roof supporting bows before you remove the old top. Use these measurements as references for the new top.
5. Apply spray on glue on the top of the front bow to help keep the convertible top from pulling out the staples on the tack strip that on the underside of the bow.
6. Last – The fist top I installed was the low density cheapy stock type vinyl material. This install was relatively painless. (This top lasted 5 years out in the Texas sun about the same time the rear window started to smoke over.)
– The second top was the HD high density vinyl. This was a bear to work with and I never quite got it stretch and install correctly. But 7 years later the rear window and top are still in very good shape. Very little shrinkage (This top was manufactured by Royal Crown ? Royal something)
The next top I install with be the stock type low density vinyl.
I did buy the fisher body manual , I don’t recall it having a lot of useful information on convertible top installations.
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