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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 19, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Top soft parts assembly order

I'm finally getting to the folding top on a '69 convertible this year. I'll start with the motor & cylinder work, but after that I'd like some opinions on the best order to approach installing the "soft" parts. I assume the convertible top weatherstripping needs to be installed before the final frame adjustment, in order to get the window adjusted correctly during the process. Is there any part of the top weatherstripping that can't be installed until after the top fabric is in place? I'm not in a financial position that would allow me to purchase the top and pay somebody to install it at the moment, but I'd like to get moving on the rest of the top assembly and adjustments.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 19, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Top soft parts assembly order

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Re: Top soft parts assembly order

1. Check the frame to see if any bushings are worn.
2. Check the header bow for rust.
3. Paint the frame.
4. Fold and unfold the frame by hand to see if it moves smoothly.
5. Add tack strips to the bows.
6. Check the windshield header clamps to see if the latch correctly.
7. Add the weather strip.
8. Replace the tensioner cables if needed.
9. Adjust the frame to make sure in closes properly.
10. Replace the top.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 19, 04:29 AM
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Re: Top soft parts assembly order

Duke, all the weather strip is installed after the top is glued to the frame. But the weatherstrip is just screwed to the frame. I would recommend installing them while you are adjusting the frame, then take them off for the canvas install, then back on again
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Re: Top soft parts assembly order

Thanks, now I know how to proceed.

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