I have attached a photo, that you should be able to see, of the top corner
of the original BN2 section I kept
from my 56 BN2 restoration. It shows what I think you are describing about
the 3 top frame bracket mounting holes in the flat vertical panel from the B
post to the inner wheel arch, seen from the inside of the car, passenger
side. The top and left edges are original. The 3 holes do pass through the
door catch reinforcing plate on the other side, as you say. They are 1/2in
diam, spaced at 2in centers horiz and vert. The top horiz pair centers are
3-5/8in down from the top edge and the top left hole is 1-7/8in in from the
edge of the panel that the B post is welded to. Hope this helps. You will
probably have to do a lot of stretching of the top to meet the fasteners
with the frame positioned. I did my final fitting to the fasteners on the
rear fenders with the sidescreens on and a hot air heater inside to warm
things up and soften the material.
----- Original Message -----
From: Rick Neves <Rick@genomictechnologies.com>
To: Healey list <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 3:23 PM
Subject: I need a measurement
> I'm installing the convertible top to my 100-4 but during the restoration
> had to replace the inner rear fender panels and so there are no holes on
> panel to mount the top frame and I need to drill them. There was very
> left of the original metal in these areas so that was no help in getting
> correct hole positions either.
> There are three holes on each side to mount the frame and the holes go
> through the inner fender panels right around the where the gussets that
> support the door latch are located.
> I have installed the top and connected up a couple of the lift-the-dot
> catches and fastened the top to these and the windshield. Then I lifted
> top frame until the top itself is taught. I have a relative idea of where
> the holes should be drilled but I would like a second opinion.
> I would like someone to take a measurement of where the top hole (or one
> the top holes forward or back) in respect to the top of the fender and
> the front leading edge of the panel. I know this will be tough because
> is a lot of fabric, armacord and the cockpit surround so some guessing
> have to be done. Measure from the center of the hole and to the edge of
> metal that the hole is in. I don't have any molding or armacord installed
> I can't account for that yet.
> Mine is looking to be around 4.5 inches from the top edge of the inner
> fender. The side to side is more subjective. From page 35 in Clausager it
> looks to be slightly more back from the center point on the panel.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> '56 BN-2
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