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Re: Factory Hard Top Fit

To: "Vintage Norm" <>, <mgs@Autox.Team.Net>
Subject: Re: Factory Hard Top Fit
From: "MonteMorris" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 21:59:52 -0500
No, I haven't fitted any side brackets to the top yet. I set the top on the
car to size the brackets for fabrication, but when it was so far from fitting,
I decided not to "build" the brackets.  Kelvin suggested that the seals might
just need to settle in, but I can't imagine them settling that much.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Vintage Norm
  To: ;
  Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 9:45 PM
  Subject: Factory Hard Top Fit


  I bought a factory ht in 1994 when I had my 1980 B.  When I sold the '80 B,
the top stayed for use on my 1966 B.  It is still on the '66. (See:   And, it fit
both very well.

  You say you didn't have the side brackets when you brought it home.  Have
you fitted them yet?  Those brackets will pull the top down a lot.  You may
also want to look at some of the aftermarket rubber seal suppliers.  I bought
some weatherstripping from Steele to fit the edge of the top where the windows
touch.  It forms an excellent seal.  The only additional sealing I had to do
on the '80 was at the lower rear part of the window where it didn't quite seal
completely.  A small piece of adhesive-backed weatherstripping from the
hardware store solved the problem.

  So, bottom line - the factory top WILL fit both CB & RB cars.

  BTW, I'm assuming yours is a real factory top, not a look-a-like.

  That brings up an interesting question - does anyone know what numbered tops
were made in which years?  The factory tops had serial numbers.  And, like our
cars, they may have sequences that relate to certain years.

  Norm Sippel

  '66 MGB

  Finished 33rd of 67 "Faster" MG's in Collier Cup w/hardtop

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