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Old March 31st, 2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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Hardtop installation hardware...

Has anybody converted to a hardtop and had to install the (1) inserts and (2) pinch bolts on the body of the car?

If so, what's the best starting angle/position for the top to be in when trying to "encourage" the bolt in to place?... i.e fully closed, open 2-3", etc? I'm just trying to reduce the amount of frustration - I've heard it's really a pain to get that bolt in there.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 11:11 AM   #2
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Did mine so long ago, memory has faded. I recall top was down and removing the carpeted covers for the seat belts to gain better access. Also be careful not to drop the bolt. Folks here had a trick that uses a plastic bag for bolt droppers. Do a search here and you may find some of those posts.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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bolt....

I'd been warned about the bolt - a magnet won't fish it out, so someone also suggested tying a small wire to it until it's seated.

I also thought about grinding a small section of the "panhead" portion of the bolt slightly to allow for an eased angle to woogie the bolt in.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:16 PM   #4
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The trick is to enclose it in a plastic baggie. Takes 10 minutes a side if you have done it before. A few more if you haven't.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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Check out the second post in this thread by our very own "Tom M".

http://www.babblers.org/forums/showt...19056#poststop
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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:44 PM   #6
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Here's another source of instructions where the baggie technique is well described:
http://memories.ppbb.com/board/museum/te-marer.htm
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:33 PM   #7
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Thanks folks....

I'm feeling better about it..... enough to invite the future buyer of my hardtop over and helping with the install. .... had the top 2 years and never used or installed it on the car.


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Old April 4th, 2010, 11:20 PM   #8
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Ken,

I have the hardware, it has been modified to make intallation easy. We can alway get together and review the mods
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Old December 10th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #9
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anyone has a before and after picture?

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