Well, my new mohair top may stay in pretty good shape forever - I can't
get the top back up! Figuring it was more than I could do myself, I
hired my garage to do it (and as always, the initial quote was off by
50%). Picked up the B a few weeks ago, and the mechanic said I should
try to leave the top up until it gets rained on so the material can
stretch out a bit, since it was such a tight fit. So, no problem living
in Amsterdam; first time I took it out, it got rained on for half an
hour and I kept the top up so it'd soak in.
So, today, we finally go out for our first drive ever with the Dutch MG
club. A hailstorm is not the best time to find out you can't get the top
back up. It's as if the frame is too high - trying to close the two
clips seems like it's pushing the tabs into the window frame (as in,
straight forward) and not into the slot (as in, diagonally downward).
I've been dumping water on the top for the past four hours and trying to
get the damn top closed. Still no luck.
So, is this a normal break-in kind of thing to have to deal with? The
top can clearly go up somehow, since it was up when I picked it up from
the mechanic. I just have visions of four of his assistants standing on
top of the header bar to get the thing closed, given the amount of force
I've been using...
And of course we're off on a five day driving holiday to Scotland at the
end of the month. I'd really rather not take the Saab...
Derek, at least it was a good drive!
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