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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:02 pm

who would you all recommend to install me a new top?? on my 89GT .Thanx,Scott
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Post by mjr46 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:36 pm

an upholstry shop, I did mine myself on my 89....14 hrs of stretch pull/glue/staple/fix tack strips ect ect...never again......getting out all the wrinkles on the side is the fun part Smile

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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:56 pm

I did mine as well... was a PITA. Purchased the kit from resto, and did it on 100 deg day outside so it would pull easier. Even then getting it to fully line up and the sides not to wing out was really a two man job...

Ive used these guys before. Before I did mine years ago... they wanted like a grand... I bought the kit for 170... They said if I got the kit it would be around 800, because they dont like using kits they are not familiar with... and no warranty with kits provided.

They do amazing work, yet they are on the slow side.

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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:27 pm

yeahhh...the 1st place i called and actually talked to a person ...said he uses robbins tops and pretty much bashed the kee tops that are pretty plentiful...his top price was 446 and he said his book calls for 1100 bucks in labor...damn..the top would cost me more than i paid for the car...WOW!!!!!dammitMan
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:36 pm

Yeah when I had a vert I was 12 years younger Smile so prices have changed a little.


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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:42 pm

i just called bay country...he quoted me 1422.68 new top /soft window /installed .he said he uses ez-on or Robbins tops ..and he also said..he's 4 weeks behind..the earliest i could get in is august...sheesh..and said it takes a day to a day and a half to do it..he charges 90 per hour labor


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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:44 pm

soft window?

eww... make sure its glass

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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:43 pm

think i'm a gunna just order the kit and ask lots of questions and listen to tips etc etc etc.. and maybe even order the installation dvd and like NIKE says... "just do it"...and use the labor savings for gears and exhaust etc aint skeert
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:20 pm

couple tools that are a must.

1. Heat gun
2. Professional Stapler
3. lots of padded quick clamps

couple of us can lend a hand. Be ready to cuss all day...

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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:47 pm

i do have a garage and another vehicle so...i can just walk away when I've cussed myself out...I am going to need some tools though..how big of a stapler do i need?... i can probably get a heat gun from work and how big of clamps?? thanx in advance for the tips and advice Smile
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:05 pm

I have an air stapler you can borrow, eel lines, and a small compressor if you dont have one.

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Post by FASFOX89 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:12 pm

now thats service...i better get to ordering the top..lol.I might need to take you up on that offer.I'll let you know when the time gets nearer.thx a lot
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Post by mjr46 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:45 pm

also some industrial strength glue/ adhesive...not the 3mm in a can crap.....Fortunately, when I did mine I work across the street from an upholstery shop and they gave me some tack strip to replace my fubared strip as well as the proper glue and they lent me an air stapler Smile

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Post by Big Blue on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:58 pm

Then invite people over for an install day, that way you got help

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Post by Henny Penny on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:18 am

My dad did my Karmann Ghia and corvette in the driveway using all the tools mentioned, I remember taking lots of pictures as we removed the old tops....He also did the install while i was at work so i couldn't see what magic he preformed. I know that it can be done just be paticent....best of luck.
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Post by BobT on Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:25 am

I did mine and it took 4 people 14 hours. A lot of beer and bandaids were used. I swore id never do another. They're extremely time consuming.

When someone suggest trimming an area. Don't!!! Wait till its all done. The tirm if needed. Leave some excess in the back and front. your gonna need beer. Lol
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Post by FASFOX89 on Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:52 am

might have to go heavier than beer ...wink wink...and bandaids are a store stocked item at my house..i say theyre for the grandchildren but i seem to be using them more than anyone else...LOL..nice advice on the trimming too!!!
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