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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 01, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1969 Convertible Camaro RS. The bonnet/ cover uses plastic clips to hold down the cover to the chrome trim.
I can not get all of the clips to snap down and stay down. It looks like crap when part of the cover is sticking up.
I even tried adding more clips to the areas that were coming up to provide it more strength. That helped but did not solve the problem.
I did see some earlier GM convertibles that use a plastic strip that inserts between the body and the molding. These setups make the cover look perfect.

Has anyone tried this conversion?
Does anyone have any tips to get my cover to stay down better?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 01, 10:20 AM
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I have a repro convertible top boot and have found that it doesn't want to fit over the top when it's lowered and it is really hard to attach the plastic clips (my car is a '67). I hope someone will answer your post on a good way to make the boot work and look nice. I may need to remove some of the foam padding to get it to fit. If it were possible to find an ORIGINAL boot, would it fit any better?
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 01, 10:33 AM
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jrager,

The plastic clips will crack in the center over time. I just had to replace all my clips for the very same reason. After replacement, I've had no issues. Restoration dealer said that he normally had to replace his every 3 years due to the cracking. Check them out, hopefully this is the problem because its easy enough to fix.
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I think even if all the clips hold you won't get the cover to lay flat!! I have never seen orig or repro that really looked good when snapped in place. I may be taking mine to an upolstry shop to see if it can be modified to lay smooth...

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The best cover I have seen was on early 70's convertible cheveys (not camaros).
They used a plastic incert that went in between the chrome and the body.

Maybe I should try removing all of my clips and try incerting the plastic into the molding.

I have seen a 70 Chevel that had this and it looked very clean.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 01, 06:50 PM
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I replaced my top boot for my 69 with one from NPD. After putting the plastic clips on it fit like a glove. Being new, I had to let it sit in the sun alittle bit to stretch. The boot sits flat all around. I guess I'm lucky.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 01, 08:31 PM
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There are a couple of things to consider here.
1/ The reproduction items are never as good as the originals and hence there will be differences in fit. Not only with top boots.

2/ The originals were never a perfect fit anyway, I've had and still have original conv's and their top boots, the fit isn't all that great.

We have to live with, and accept certain things in life. But, if it helps, I would certainly get that top boot out one day and place it in the sun for 24 hours and let it relax..it will help!!
Good luck.....Ken
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 01, 03:51 AM
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LOL!! Ken - where do you live? "place it in the sun for 24 hours"

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 01, 04:25 AM
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LOL...I missed that Dennis.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 01, 05:21 AM
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I have the same problem with my boot, the side clips are fine, just the back ones are pulled so tight the just pull loose, I think a new top contributes a little to the tight fit and was thinking of going to a upholstery shop and seeing if they could "make one to fit" oh well

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