Graeme, good to here from you again, all is fine here though my brother
to a few hits from the hurricanes(he lives near
and works at Kennedy Space Center) he was one of the lucky ones with
only cosmetic damage.
on the rear bar you could wire brush it ,then use a coating like POR or
an epoxy paint. I think that an aluminium
alloy bar would corrode more if moisture were trapped in the pocket of
the top, but a stainless bar would do great.
I cleaned my bar, then blued it with a cold blue sollution (used on
guns) looks good but have never pit the top back on
only drive in good weather, and my wifes van sits outside while the
roadster resides in the garage.
Uss Southwell 70 1600
Graeme Suckling wrote:
>I have just extracted the metal framework from the trashed soft top that
>came with the car.
>As is normal the front bow has a lot of what I hope is only surface rust and
>a dinged RHS corner where we got too close to a tree maybe.
>I think I can rebuild it OK, a little patching is required and one of the
>captive nuts for the frame attachment has broken free.
>The rear bar that hooks under the clips on the body is also pretty sad with
>Has anyone used an aluminium bar at that location to avoid the problem of
>I'm sure with a simple jig, an ally flat could be curved to the required
>shape and no surface coating would be necessary.
>Once sewn into the seam of the soft top it would be truly maintenance free.