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Old Mar 18th, 12, 07:39 PM
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Default Manual vs Power Top Difference?

I have my top out, and interior off, so I'm thinking of converting over to a power top, what are the differences? What do I need to buy to convert?
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I think that the front header and the removable center bow are the only parts that are the same between the two types of tops.
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This was just discussed not long ago. Here is one of the threads: http://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ible+top+frame
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This was just discussed not long ago. Here is one of the threads: http://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ible+top+frame
My search didn't show it but Google found it. Now I have another question though, does the power top leave more or less room down in the bottom where the springs/rams are? I'm in the process of installing mini tubs, so it's pulled all the way apart, and it's no sweat going either way, and yes, I have power windows I need to install, so the power top would be nice for quick putting it op, plus when I did the car last time, I went with the heavy material top which was a huge mistake, this time around I'm going with the lightest top.
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Old Mar 19th, 12, 02:36 PM
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This is the difference. Power on left, manual on right

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Default Re: Manual vs Power Top Difference?

The 'vert I worked on with DSE tubs didn't have any clearance problems with the cylinders - but ... it did need work to get the top to fold down into trunk as original.
It hit the housing and required metal work to give a flatter area to clear and allow top to go down flat.
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LPF OR RPF should be stamped on the lower frame mechanism showing power topframe or will have LMF OR RMF for manual top frame..if you try to work a manual frame without the proper frame it will bend the rear top frame ....hope this helps...
i have done this swap and it is not difficult...i had read somewhere a long time ogo the frames were different and a friend insisted they were not and worked the top anyway..bent a pristine manual frame...i was not happy...lol
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Hello !!!
you do have to buy a complete power top frame unfortunatly they are different .... the difference is the way the rams pull the frame vs you lifting the front up by hand (it folds in a different manner)
I just put power top in my 69 convert that I mini tubbed .... no problems or issues with clearing anything

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Hello !!!
you do have to buy a complete power top frame unfortunatly they are different .... the difference is the way the rams pull the frame vs you lifting the front up by hand (it folds in a different manner)
I just put power top in my 69 convert that I mini tubbed .... no problems or issues with clearing anything

hope this helps !
It does, is there more room down where the cylinders go vs the manual with its springs?
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It does, is there more room down where the cylinders go vs the manual with its springs?
Im not sure that there is more room , however the cylinders dont take as much space as you might think
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The spring assembly are approx the same size as the rams. The rams are a little longer, but that does not affect the top stack height.
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