It was the exact opposite for me. But that wasn't the problem with the
design - it was more in the fit. So far, my folding top has proven just
loose enough to easily snap back up. It is a moderately used top (not
new) so I haven't really worried about the creasing or kinking and yet
it hasn't effected the top at all over the past year.
The stowaway top on my 65B was more like a five minute job. Sure it
packed up real nice but it seemed like it was a real bear getting it to
reach to the window and snap back in. That was always the toughest part.
So my experience says its more in the fit than the style. And nowadays
when you get a new top you have to attach or glue it to the header rail.
Placement is critical in both appearance and in the frequent
From: Paul M. [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:56 AM
To: Councill, David; mg list
Subject: RE: stowaway top needed / hoods
--- "Councill, David" wrote:
> Isn't the folding top simple enough? I can raise and
> lower mine from the driver's seat with one hand
Wow, you're a better man than me. It used to take me
five full minutes to lower the folding top in my 1971
- longer than it took me to stow the removeable
Worse, though, it took all sorts of fiddling to get
everything folded back in a way that wouldn't damage
the plastic windows or the vinyl itself. It was
always kinked around pointy parts of the frame,
creased and pinched... I hated it. It took so much
fiddling, and if I was in a hurry and half-a$$ed it, I
damaged the top in some way.
The stowaway, despite being hilariously antiquated in
theory, actually works easy as pie for me. Sure, I
have to get out of the car, but once I do - wham bam!
Up or down in a minute. Considering I hadly every use
the top at all, I love having the extra space behind
But this is an age-old argument, and everyone has
their own preferences. I guess it's great that we
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