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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.

 

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Taylor

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

Mike

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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/sitemap/view/ford-mustang-convertible-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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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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Project started 8-7-10

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 :-/

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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

 

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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I also paid a shop to install the one I bought on Ebay for the 72 sprint. They had to order the padding. It came out pretty nice - just a few wrinkles. My top was the original one.

 

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I also paid a shop to install the one I bought on Ebay for the 72 sprint. They had to order the padding. It came out pretty nice - just a few wrinkles. My top was the original one.

 

 

 

What did you pay to have it done? and was the top included?

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I'm in the final stages of doing my top myself. I am so detailed, its better I do it myself but I'm sure I didn't save any money. I do hope to have a better job once done than if I hired it. I did one on a '66 Olds Delta 88 about twenty years ago in a weekend, but only had to do the vinyl. My Mustang had a new top done about 2000 but it was obvious a poor job. There were wear tears in spots on the top from rubbing while down that shouldn't have been there. I got more pieces of padding and extra parts in the new kit than were on the car as well. The Ford manual I saw online had pictures but not very complete, mostly worthless. Lots of figuring out the puzzle, common sense, and looking at every picture I could find of the inside rear with pads, but I think I have the pads on right. When I had the top off the frame, I cleaned it up and repainted it. The top is going on well. I have the rear curtain on and started on the top itself. The two rear quarter trim sticks are done. Seems all tight and no large wrinkles. I spent many hours on each of the three trim sticks & the top adjusting, measuring, removing staples and re-doing to get right. Not for the faint of heart to cut the first holes for the screw/bolts that hold the top to the car. Screw up and wasted hours and $$. I went on the loose side and tightened up, just in case. Meant I knew I would be re-doing, but worth it to me. But then each time you take the trim sticks on & off means leaning under the window, over the rear seat, and taking 4-8 bolts out that are frustrating to line back up and find the holes. Starting on the rest in a few weekends. I'll post a picture when I get it done.

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Got mine replaced after my last deployment. Ran around $800 including top w/ glass, padding & labor. Turned out great and a 3 year warranty to boot. I figured that if I tried it and screwed it up, I would be out a top, if the shop screwed it up, they would replace it. Well worth the money.

 

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I'm looking forward to more reports. I'd like to do mine myself too.

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Hi all

I got my new top fitted last week

it cost me $900 at the upholsterers

I supplied the roof

thats here in OZ so maybe a better deal

could be had over there in the US

mine came back with a few wrinkles

but was told they would straighten out

when the summer came around

and the hot weather would shrink it

thanks John

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Looks sharp!

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1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06

20180127_082009.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi all

I got my new top fitted last week

it cost me $900 at the upholsterers

I supplied the roof

thats here in OZ so maybe a better deal

could be had over there in the US

mine came back with a few wrinkles

but was told they would straighten out

when the summer came around

and the hot weather would shrink it

thanks John

 

Looks Great!

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I'm in the final stages of doing my top myself. I am so detailed, its better I do it myself but I'm sure I didn't save any money. I do hope to have a better job once done than if I hired it. I did one on a '66 Olds Delta 88 about twenty years ago in a weekend, but only had to do the vinyl. My Mustang had a new top done about 2000 but it was obvious a poor job. There were wear tears in spots on the top from rubbing while down that shouldn't have been there. I got more pieces of padding and extra parts in the new kit than were on the car as well. The Ford manual I saw online had pictures but not very complete, mostly worthless. Lots of figuring out the puzzle, common sense, and looking at every picture I could find of the inside rear with pads, but I think I have the pads on right. When I had the top off the frame, I cleaned it up and repainted it. The top is going on well. I have the rear curtain on and started on the top itself. The two rear quarter trim sticks are done. Seems all tight and no large wrinkles. I spent many hours on each of the three trim sticks & the top adjusting, measuring, removing staples and re-doing to get right. Not for the faint of heart to cut the first holes for the screw/bolts that hold the top to the car. Screw up and wasted hours and $$. I went on the loose side and tightened up, just in case. Meant I knew I would be re-doing, but worth it to me. But then each time you take the trim sticks on & off means leaning under the window, over the rear seat, and taking 4-8 bolts out that are frustrating to line back up and find the holes. Starting on the rest in a few weekends. I'll post a picture when I get it done.

 

I finished the top a few weekends ago. Just added the Mach 1 stripes. A lot of work and I would do a few things different next time. The line up of the rear bow should be about .75" higher than what I did but it works and doesn't leak. Also I don't think the cloth top streches as much as a stock vinyl so next time I'll adjust how I do the front bow. But in reality I hope there never is a "next time" and this top lasts decades in my garage.

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I finished the top a few weekends ago. Just added the Mach 1 stripes. A lot of work and I would do a few things different next time. The line up of the rear bow should be about .75" higher than what I did but it works and doesn't leak. Also I don't think the cloth top streches as much as a stock vinyl so next time I'll adjust how I do the front bow. But in reality I hope there never is a "next time" and this top lasts decades in my garage.

 

Now that it's been on a while how is it? Are you pleased with the kit? What vendor did you get the cloth top from?

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http://www.convertibletopguys.com/convertible/387/1971-73-Ford-Mustang

I was pleased with the kit overall. It came with everything but the instructions left a lot to be desired. I had taken 50+ photos as I took it apart and that helped a lot. The new tack material works good. The pads that came with it were great but no instructions on how to place the rear quarter pads. Mine didn't have them when I removed the top installed a decade ago. I got them on but am not happy with them. The cloth top doesn't stretch as much as the vinyl one so I wouldn't move the material forward more than a .25-.5 inch when fastening the top to the header instead of the inch they recommend. Also like I said above, I'd move the rear bow up about .75" next time. This would help line up the crease spot on this bow better with the rear tack strips than I ended up doing mine. It holds out the water when I wash it and looks good. For the install I ordered two different rivets from a company in CA, Hanson Rivet. One type, AD48AH Aluminum Closed End Blind Rivet - stock #PAAD408AH, to hold down the rear tack material in the rear bow (factory used large staples) along with 3M trim adhesive. The other rivets were to hold the front tack strip (factory did rivets here) on with adhesive as well, SSD53SSH Stainless Closed-End Blind Rivet with Stainless Mandrel, Dome Head 5/32 X .125-.187 Grip - stock #PTTD503H. One very minor "wave" at a rear corner when its up. Haven't had it in the rain yet.

 

In case you meant the stripes, I just got those from Mustangs Unlimited and they are Ford authorized ones.

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Thank you for the great information. I have always wanted a cloth top, they just look way better to me. I'll need to check into the vendor you got yours from.

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