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Old 12-08-2010, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 65 Convertible Top Frame Repair or Replace

I have a 65 Convertible that needs the top frame assembly either restored or replaced. I heard that repros have major problems with fit. I am in So. Cal.
Any suggestions? Thanks!!
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how bad is the original? pics?
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 65 Convertible that needs the top frame assembly either restored or replaced. I heard that repros have major problems with fit. I am in So. Cal.
Any suggestions? Thanks!!
This is a repro top frame. The installer liked it better than some of the originals he's done. Looks OK to me.

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow..looks nice. where did you get the frame?
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here are the shots of the frame.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That looks to me like it just needs to be blasted or something similar to get rid of the rust, then repainted. It DOES look repairable to me, but I'm most certainly not a pro.
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Wow..looks nice. where did you get the frame?
It's a Dynacorn frame, installed by Glazier/Nolan. The frame you have looks very restorable, though, I've seen worse come out looking like new.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That frame doesn't look bad. Get a copy of Richard Smykay's (I forget his VMF handle) replacement guide, read that, and then knowing what's involved, make a decision.
If you have a bead blast cabinet already, that would weigh in my mind in favor of restoring the original frame.

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Old 12-11-2010, 10:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Awesome! Thank you all for the great advice and the shots of the cars!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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OK , I have decided that I need to have it restored. Any suggestions as to who I should have do this work. I am in the Thousand Oaks area. Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd also welcome the recommendation. My frame is in good shape, but I want to replace the fabric. I'm in the West LA area.

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