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Re: Another Hard Top Question

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Subject: Re: Another Hard Top Question
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1999 14:41:14 -0800
I doubt if you can find "factory" parts. But, the manufacturer probably 
used standard channels, seals, latches, etc., some of which are likely to 
still be available, if you only knew where to look. If it were my top, I 
would just try to figure out what the profile of the channel must look 
like (given its context and function), and see what I could find at the 
hardware store, industrial metal supplier, or wherever, that could be 
adapted to the purpose.

On another tack, I don't know where you are located, but I just saw a 
hardtop for sale that resembled your description, and seemed to be 
more-or-less complete. If it is still at the shop where I saw it, perhaps 
you could use it as a reference for your missing pieces (they could mail 
you a photo or something). It was at O'Connor Classics in Santa Clara, 
CA, 408-727-0430.

Jordon had this to say:

>This message is also posted at the BBS
>A few months ago I purchased my 2nd B. A 79. It came with a hard top made by
>a company called Royal Coachman in South El Monte, California. The model is
>a "MGB SR BB" and, in the state that it's in, it's not usable.
>In particular I'm looking for the metal channel (which is removable) that is
>below the rear glass. The rear window (which I also need, but can have made)
>fits into this metal channel and a rubber seal on the bottom of the channel
>rests on the car body. The top has a removable sunroof that is missing two
>latches and the hooks the latches latch to. Of course it needs seals but
>I'll tackle that job if and when I can find that channel.
>I don't suppose I'd have the good fortune to find anyone in the group that
>knows where I can find parts? I've searched various online telephone
>listings and have come to the conclusion Royal Coachman doesn't exist any
>more (at least, the one that made my top).
>I know my chances are "slim to none" but I thought I'd try here before it
>goes to the dump.
>Thanks for "listening".


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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