Yeah, the hardtop is a little more convenient when you have the early
"packaway" soft top. Then when you have the hardtop on, the whole soft
top assembly stays home, freeing up massive (well, relatively massive)
amounts of space in the boot, as well the shelf behind the seats.
My tendency is to either have the hardtop on, or have the tonneau cover
on and the soft top in the boot. The soft top is only erected in
emergencies. This mainly because it's actually simpler to put the hardtop
on and off than the soft top. And it saves wear and tear, sun damage,
etc, on the expensive soft top.
Tab Julius had this to say:
>- As I found out this weekend, it makes giving the battery a jump a million
>times harder. The batteries are in the "back seat" area, and when the
>hardtop is on, I have my softtop folded down. This makes it impossible to
>get at the battery housing with a hardtop on. I was obligated to remove
>the hardtop from the vehicle, lift the softtop enough, jumpstart the car,
>then reassemble the hardtop. In cold or bad weather, this is not a treat
>(and I doubt that if you had a passenger that he/she would be much amused,
>particularly if it was raining or sleeting).
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.