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Username Post: Recommendation for convertible top        (Topic#343336)
Dave Stromberger 
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03-15-17 07:11 PM - Post#2681705    

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy a convertible top? I know several outfits make them from original patterns, so quality of construction, how they are sewn, etc will vary.

I did try the search here at CT, but as you may know, it's an effort in futility most of the time.

Thanks!

Dave Stromberger

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ragtp66 
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03-15-17 09:31 PM - Post#2681722    
    In response to Dave Stromberger

Are you looking for an original style top or something more modern like using stayfast style material?

Also be sure to check with whoever is going to install the top some guys won't touch certain tops because of poor fit or quality of materials. Understand that if they have to warranty their work they are going to use the vendor that they have experience with and recourse with if something goes wrong. Usually want to replace the pads and cables too when doing a top.

I would ask the installer what the rear bow height measurement is. If he cant answer it or know where to find out then I would move on to another installer. The rear bow height is critical to making the top fit properly with out wrinkles and being able to latch to the header properly.

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03-16-17 07:07 AM - Post#2681758    
    In response to Dave Stromberger



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Dave Stromberger 
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03-16-17 09:33 AM - Post#2681784    
    In response to ragtp66

Thanks ragtop66.... I may do as you suggest, just find a reputable installer and let them buy the top from their favorite mfg. I had planned to do the installation myself. I enjoy doing as much of the work as possible myself, but maybe this is one of those I should just hand to an experienced pro.

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Dave Stromberger 
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03-16-17 09:34 AM - Post#2681785    
    In response to Tony

Thanks Tony! There it is, "Advanced search"... now we're in business!

Dave Stromberger

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DonSSDD 
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03-18-17 05:43 AM - Post#2682056    
    In response to Dave Stromberger

Getting the top installed is not usually that expensive. Ask your friends and people at shows with convertibles who they use and recommend for the installation.

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MoboMac 
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03-30-17 10:17 PM - Post#2684279    
    In response to Dave Stromberger

  • Dave Stromberger Said:
Can anyone recommend a good place to buy a convertible top? I know several outfits make them from original patterns, so quality of construction, how they are sewn, etc will vary.





I also like to do a lot of my own work....but left the new top on my 64.....to somebody that does it all the time...

I took the car to him....and he stripped the old top off......for me to sand and paint the bows...

I went with Robbins....who was an original top supplier to GM...(back in the day).

Decided to upgrade to Stayfast material...in Tan...and it looks STUNNING....

However,there is MORE to it that just the top.....Pads,tack strips,well liner weatherseal kit and cables should ALL be look at while the top is off....


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convman1960 
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Loc: Kansas city Kans
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10-12-17 06:57 AM - Post#2710615    
    In response to Dave Stromberger

i have had 2 tops put on mine over the years and truthfully they just sucked , they shrunk and you could see the frame work between the window and the top. i saw a nice 59 convert with a top made by the installer and it was just right . I know this will be expensive but i dont want to put a top on that doesnt look good hope this helps




 
Russ 
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10-12-17 09:16 AM - Post#2710634    
    In response to convman1960

We bought a Ciadella kit but it sat for years before being installed. It's been on the car since 2000 and I've got one tear about 2" long on the rear passenger side.

I'd imagine the installer is more important than the kit.



 
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