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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Convertible tops

Has anyone changed the convertible top on their fox body? How much difficulty are we talking? I know with recovering seats, it's just patience for the slow work of getting everything in the right place. Is it similar with a convertible top


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I've heard that it's a nightmare to replace one. I know a friend of mine attempted to do so (fairly versed mechanic/DIYer) and had to give up and take it to a professional. There's a reason why they charge like $500 to do it, too.


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I just changed the top on my '95, which I know isn't exactly a fox body but it's close. I doubt there's too much difference in the process. Based on this article (
Replace A Fox-Body Convertible Top - Mustang Monthly Magazine ) it looks pretty close.

It was a pain in the butt, but it's doable.

The biggest pain is getting the back stretched completely. There are three tack strips in the back that the top and rear window staple to. So you staple everything to them and you've got to get in the car and bolt them on to see if you've got it tight enough. Then unbolt them and get back out and pull the staples out again if you need to make adjustments.

It turns out the the EZ-On top from NPD has lines on it already to pretty much tell you where to staple it, and if you use those you'll be pretty close right off the bat. If you ignore them and try to do your own measurements off of the old top (like I did) there will be a lot of adjustments to make.

You'll probably want to take the back seat out for room. On the '95 I had to take the interior panels off to get the outside trim off. Beyond that everything is pretty standard stuff except for the couple of hundred staples you'll need to remove and replace. I had to use a couple of different sizes in different places, and tapped some of them flat with a hammer. You'll need some glue too for the edges.

The '95 shop manual had some pretty good instructions, and while the '67 manual isn't exactly the same it still has some good ideas. If you've got the manual for your fox body look in there to get an idea what you're in for. It's totally doable, but plan on it taking a few days and a lot of staples.
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