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Re: soft top installation

To: "Max Heim" <>, "MG List" <>
Subject: Re: soft top installation
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 23:52:03 -0400
I haven't installed a ragtop since my midget days
in the mid/late seventies.
I truly didn't think it was all that hard.
After mounting the entire top (back bottom all snapped down)
and all pulled up tight around the sides and windows...
I sat inside the car and pulled the front edge over the 
front of the frame.
Once I liked the way everything was stretched out and 
fit the way I liked .. I marked the top from the inside out of the car...covered the front rail with 
silicone... laid the top on it...
moved the rail back an inch or two from touching
the windshield... placed the top on the rail so
it would set on the silicone. it good and stretched tight and clothes pinned it to the 
front rail.
After an hour or two I checked the fit by closing the frame 
to the windshield.
Once I knew it fit well... I wrapped it over and riveted it
as designed.
NOTE: Do this after it has been sitting in the sun for
awhile to stretch it out right.
not too tight.. as they do shrink.. and a year from now you'll
run into problems.

just my $0.02   YMMV    (my faded memory...)

-----Original Message-----
From: Max Heim <>
To: MG List <>
Date: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: soft top installation

>IMO the info is correct. The difference between the saggy, wrinkly tops 
>you see and the nice taut ones is professional installation. I sent out 
>my packaway hood because it's darn hard to figure out exactly where to 
>glue down the front rail, and it would take eight hands to do it in 
>position. I also saw what a botch my buddy made of his installation 
>(pulling it back off, cleaning up glue marks, punching new fastener 
>holes, patching the old holes). Didn't cost much and it was really worth 
>Dennis Skog had this to say:
>>Just getting around to installing a new soft top on my project '65 MGB.
>>It's one of the replacement tops from Moss.
>>The only info on installation that came with it is a note to send it to 
>>an upholstery shop. Other than that, any tips on installing one of these 
>>critters ??
>>Thanks !
>>Dennis Skog
>>65B (project)
>>80 B LE
>>60 Jag MKI
>Max Heim
>'66 MGB GHN3L76149
>Runs great, 
>looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
>If you're near Mountain View, CA,
>it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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