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Username Post: Convertible top installation        (Topic#360275)
40grit 
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03-25-20 07:22 PM - Post#2789471    

I have spent most of my evening looking for a Fisher body manual which covers the installation of the convertible top for our 49-54 cars. Do any of you guys know where that information is located?

I am in the process of getting my top irons ready to go to the sand blaster's and would really like to find a manual that specifically shows the procedure. While I have been around auto trim most of my life, there are questions I have regarding the tack rail on the back of the header bow as well as the attachment of the sail panel between the rear tack strip and the rear side rail behind the quarter window.

I wish I had a convertible I could look at locally that has a properly installed top but right now, I don't know of one.

Thanks for any help you can give.

John

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eplantage 
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03-26-20 09:10 AM - Post#2789497    
    In response to 40grit

I would be interested to see something like this too. I'm sure something could be found on YouTube.

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56sedandelivery 
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03-26-20 09:51 AM - Post#2789500    
    In response to eplantage

I just did a Google search for, "1954 Chevrolet convertible top frames", and got several hits/photos. not sure if it's what you're looking for, but try variations of that search also, like using bows instead of frames.
I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




Edited by 56sedandelivery on 03-26-20 09:54 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
40grit 
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03-26-20 09:57 AM - Post#2789501    
    In response to eplantage

I wish there were. I have spent hours searching YouTube, I have found nothing specific for early Chevies.

Here is a picture of the front header bow on my '53. I understand the tack strip around the front of the bow but do not see the need for the one on the back side.

We both know GM put it there for a reason.

John


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40grit 
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03-26-20 10:02 AM - Post#2789502    
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  • 56sedandelivery Said:
I just did a Google search for, "1954 Chevrolet convertible top frames", and got several hits/photos. not sure if it's what you're looking for, but try variations of that search also, like using bows instead of frames.
I am Butch/56sedandelivery.



I don't need information on top frames. I have a complete set. I need the installation procedure for the top itself. Surely General Motors published the installation instructions for the top. They have all the adjustment procedures in the shop manual but nothing I have found for the installation of the top or the well.

I have also looked at the Fisher Body manuals.......Nuttin.

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Edited by 40grit on 03-26-20 10:05 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
40grit 
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03-26-20 03:13 PM - Post#2789515    
    In response to 40grit

I did find this picture of a 54 top. It appears the top has a welt cord stapled across the back of the header bow explaining the tack strip along rear edge.

John



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52HardTop 
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03-26-20 04:26 PM - Post#2789521    
    In response to 40grit

John, I haven't posted here for a long time. I do visit still, and read the posts in the 49 to 54 group. My 51 has a new top and it was installed by a shop not far from me. The top was a kit for the 51 and 52 convertibles. I thought I might try the install myself but thought better of it and had it done. The car is in the garage and covered. It wouldn't be a chore for me to get some images of the install for you. As for the tack strip on the front header. I know there is all new tack strip in there. For the grove at the back of the front header, I don't believe there is anything there. I may very well be wrong and just don't recall. Unless it is the where the bowdrill is attached? Give me a shout and I'll do what i can for you.
Dom

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40grit 
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03-26-20 04:59 PM - Post#2789525    
    In response to 52HardTop

Thank you very much Dom. I have sent you an email.

For any others interested in this subject, I will post more as I get more educated.

John

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40grit 
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03-27-20 08:26 AM - Post#2789551    
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Well, here is the answer to my second question. I found this in a book sold by Hydro-Electric on convertible top installation. It shows how GM attached the sail panel inside quarter panel.

John






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jdieter 
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03-29-20 08:05 AM - Post#2789707    
    In response to 40grit

You probably know this general stuff all ready but just in case. When I installed the top on my 62 Impala I started at the back and in the middle working to the outside, at the front I rested the top bow on a beer can(pop can won't work!)while I was fastening again working middle to out. After everything was secured pulled down to clamp and get tight stretch, wa-la no wrinkles.



 


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