prevent scratches in the paint, tape heavy paper over the
the rear body snap studs. Punch holes so the studs protrude through the
detail pictures of a finished top here.
|Install the front
onto the windshield
frame. The inside portion
of each front channel has a stud that fits into the slot of the frame.
below. Press down to engage, slide to the outside and down in the
frame. Check that the stud is secure in the windshield frame.
|Secure the stationary brackets to the
screws provided. Use a mild threadlocker like Loctite Blue on
|Assemble the rear
together. Turn the knurled
adjusters all the way into the ends of the bows.
Install a ferrule in each of the receptacles
adjacent to the
body just outside
the seat-backs. Slide the bow assembly into the sockets with the hinged
toward the rear.
a snap on each rear flap as close
as possible to the outside
Punch a center hole in the
fabric. Use the snap backing plate as a guide
to make 4 small slits in the fabric with a sharp knife. If
don't want to cut the holes directly, press the outside piece into the
paper to make a mark. Then, accentuate the marks with a pen
cut the slots.
(4) From the outside, insert
prongs through the small slits. Install the
snap backing plate to the underside of the material, bending the prongs
secure the snap.
Lay the top in place over the
rear bow and secure the snaps to the studs
in the body closest to each rear door opening. If the top is too tight
the snaps to reach the studs even at the lowest height adjustment,
some material in the where the main bows come together to create some
If the frame doesn't follow
contour of the fabric, it can be "tweaked"
to fit by hand/over-the-knee bending.
Starting on the passenger side
of the car, install the balance of the snaps
in the center of the flap, alternating from each side towards the
|If you have
a roll bar, slice the back panel below the
window to fit around the roll bar back leg. (The 289 FIA's
goes forward, but the top of the roll bar hoop still requires a small
The filler will
center, carefully un-tape a portion of the top fabric
from the windshield. Glue a portion of the top fabric to the front
face of the channel with contact cement. Do not apply the glue to the
of the front bow, only to the front surface. Work from the center to
sides until the entire top surface is glued.
Remove both front bows and wrap the front of the
channel, leaving a couple of inches hanging at the sides. Trim the
front fabric and glue the material into the inner surface. See
If the car has a roll bar, carefully make a slit
from the bottom edge of
the top to about 1" into the plastic window. A small boot can be made
two pieces of fabric sewn together, sandwiching the top material
felt pads to the
underside of all snaps to prevent paint
Use 2" masking tape to tape each front channel
down to the top
of the windshield
securely at the outer edges. Pull the top fabric over the top of the
beginning at the center and working over to each side, taping the
to the windshield glass as you work.
adjust the top over the rear bows and pull and
the top material at the front to remove slack from the top and minimize
wrinkling. Do not pull hard at any time. Stress can break the
Make sure the top material is centered on the front bows and
Keep adjusting the fabric at the rear and front of car until the top is
and sag free.
installed, tape down the
of the front bows securely.
Attach the latch "hooks" to the windshield frame
See the diagram above. Determine where the latches must be installed on
front channel to provide proper tension on the front channel when
with foam rubber between the channel and top frame. Mark the holes for
latches on the fabric of the front channel, then remove the channels
the car to drill the holes for the rivets.
|Rivet the latches to the front channel. Remove
of the mandrel
from the rivets, and peen the backside of the rivet as flat as
Glue the extra flap of material on the top over
rivets on the
backside of the front channel.
Glue 1/8" thick foam strips to the inside of the
front bow channels to seal
the top of the windshield frame.
Cold temperatures make top installation
- Install the top bows with the hinged
frame toward the rear. See above.
(Use the threaded adjuster to lower the frame hoop for easier initial
- Lay the top in position across the top bows.
Install the header channels
on the windshield by engaging the header tang into the slot in the top
- Engage the outside windshield clamps to the
header, but don't cinch them
- Working toward the center from each side, press
the lift-a-dot fasteners
onto the body studs. It helps to rock the fastener back and forth a
- When all lift-a-dots are secure, cinch down the
windshield clamps and adjust
the height of the bows at the sides.
- If the top is too loose, unscrew the knurled
of the top bows to raise
- Remove in the reverse order.