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Old 08-24-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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Anybody had their top replaced? If so what is a ball park figure for having it done? I'd like to have some recommendations for a local shop, but having trouble finding someone who knows. Any gotchas to look for when your shopping? Is there a better "brand" of top? Better material? I've decided I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do it, now I need some info. I can't find a lot of things on the internet about top replacement though.

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Old 08-25-2004, 12:15 AM   #2
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$300. cheap one, 1 year top $800-$1,200 great one, 5 year top
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Old 08-25-2004, 07:19 AM   #3
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The price for my 84' GT was $1300 for everything. I would'nt think that theres to much difference between years.Thats Michigan though.

Good luck and damn do they look good with a new top.

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Old 08-25-2004, 07:21 AM   #4
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Oh, and by the way.
When you replace the top,ask for the glass window and not the plastic.Much better.
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Old 08-25-2004, 09:48 AM   #5
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5 year top is a good one!!?? Good grief!! The top I have now is 10 years old! Does that mean a new top every 5 years? I found a top that was guaranteed for life for ~$500. Just have to have it installed. Wonder what that would cost?

Do you have to replace the glass when you replace the top or can they reuse the glass I have?
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Old 08-25-2004, 02:03 PM   #6
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$1300 for a new top sound about right, I had to redo mine on my 93 Lx, they did a good job, The aftermarket materials are way better. Plus Up on the westcoast of Canada alot of rain, Just choose a good quality top it should Last you for a long time.

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Old 08-25-2004, 04:49 PM   #7
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Anybody had their top replaced? If so what is a ball park figure for having it done? I'd like to have some recommendations for a local shop, but having trouble finding someone who knows. Any gotchas to look for when your shopping? Is there a better "brand" of top? Better material? I've decided I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do it, now I need some info. I can't find a lot of things on the internet about top replacement though.

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why don't you just PM or e-mail vfast I'm sure he can give you some ideas about good local shops who do tops!
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:38 AM   #8
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Dog gone it!! Why didn't I think of that!? Thanks roundman
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Old 08-26-2004, 01:18 AM   #9
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:49 AM   #10
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LOL!!! Your too funny roundman! That's what I call a powerful stench eh!!
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Old 08-26-2004, 03:09 PM   #11
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As my father once told my brother when he let a big nasty SBD at the dinner table one night,
"Damn boy!, something must have crawled up in you and died!" LOL
Just what were you eating P??????
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:12 AM   #12
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5 year top is a good one!!?? Good grief!! The top I have now is 10 years old! Does that mean a new top every 5 years? I found a top that was guaranteed for life for ~$500. Just have to have it installed. Wonder what that would cost?

Do you have to replace the glass when you replace the top or can they reuse the glass I have?
When you finally get your top done, please let us know the results. I am currently looking at mustangs and am debating on a convertible or a hardtop.

I had no idea that replacements are so expensive. I always assumed that replacements were no big deal $400-$500 all inclusive. When you are at the upholstery shop, how about asking about maintenance. I live in the Macon, Georgia, area and I have seen plenty of rag tops driving around that are covered with black mold because of all the humidity. I sure would like to know if you can put some type of product on the canvas to prevent mold from growing like Scotchgard.
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Old 08-27-2004, 02:00 PM   #13
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When you finally get your top done, please let us know the results. I am currently looking at mustangs and am debating on a convertible or a hardtop.

I had no idea that replacements are so expensive. I always assumed that replacements were no big deal $400-$500 all inclusive. When you are at the upholstery shop, how about asking about maintenance. I live in the Macon, Georgia, area and I have seen plenty of rag tops driving around that are covered with black mold because of all the humidity. I sure would like to know if you can put some type of product on the canvas to prevent mold from growing like Scotchgard.
Will do. Hopefully going to do it sometime in the next few weeks. I wouldn't base your decision on expense of top replacement. Tops generally last for years if properly cared for. Every car has expenses of some kind. As someone stated you can get a "cheap" top for $400-$500 and depending on how long you expect to keep the car, might be all you want. I expect to have this car for a while.
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Old 08-27-2004, 08:21 PM   #14
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How do you maintain the convertible top? I saw on another thread that there is some hydraulics involved. All this is so new to me so I am going to ask lots of questions. Forgive me for being born a woman!!!

Really, when I go out to buy ANYTHING EXPENSIVE, I try to be an informed consumer. I do a lot of research before purchasing stuff which is why I ask lots of questions because I am totally ignorant about cars.

Hopefully by the time I find the right car, I will know what to look for!! This forum has been great because I have learned so much just by reading the old postings.
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Old 09-03-2004, 04:26 PM   #15
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How do you maintain the convertible top? I saw on another thread that there is some hydraulics involved. All this is so new to me so I am going to ask lots of questions. Forgive me for being born a woman!!!

Really, when I go out to buy ANYTHING EXPENSIVE, I try to be an informed consumer. I do a lot of research before purchasing stuff which is why I ask lots of questions because I am totally ignorant about cars.

Hopefully by the time I find the right car, I will know what to look for!! This forum has been great because I have learned so much just by reading the old postings.
Mostly just keep it clean. I've heard there are some products out there to protect from UV rays, but haven't found/tried any as of yet. As far as hydraulics, you shouldn't have to do any maintenance to that part of the system. If those go, you've got bigger problems. I owned a 64.5 covertible that had the original hydraulic system in it and it worked great!! I wouldn't worry to much about that part of convertible system.
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Old 09-04-2004, 06:27 AM   #16
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For my old Iroc-z Vert, it ran about 200-250 for installation. Make sure you get glass and not plastic for a window!!
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