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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-14-2018, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Soft Top Replacement components

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My 65 Mustang Soft Top has seen better days. So I'm ordering a new Scott Drake one from Summit. Apparently this comes as is, just a top with a plastic window and nothing else. My soft top is a manual mechanism.

Thinking what other components I will need as well. Everything else works well, with the exception of the passenger side latch which doesn't close properly, overlaps when shut, so I can change that. There's also a small gap on the passenger side, maybe I'm over thinking this one. (pix attached).

So far, this was my shopping list based on recommendations from the sales rep on live chat. Not sure if I need all of this or not, and welcome your thoughts!

Among the items are:
- New latch assembly with springs for driver and passenger side (my drivers side one is actually fine, issue is with my passenger side one, but when changing the top, is it best to just change both?)

- New hold down clamps (mine are fine, when changing the top is it best to change both?)

- Tension cable stud (not sure what this is or where it fits)
https://www.cjponyparts.com/converti...-1965/p/CTTC1/

- Weatherstrip kit (I think mine is fine but when removing the old top, might damage existing rubbers, so just in case).
https://www.cjponyparts.com/converti...-1968/p/WSCT1/

- Top pad set (not sure what this is or where it fits)
https://www.cjponyparts.com/kee-auto...65-1993/p/CTP/

Any advice would be much appreciated!

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While you're at it, I would suggest you to inspect all bushings & replace them if needed, especially the main pivot bushings & pins. They are located inside both sides of convertible top wells.






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Our friend Richard (DalorzoF) wrote a definitive piece on early top replacement. While he was alive, he freely distributed his work to fellow hobbyists, just for the asking. Not sure who might still have a copy that would be willing to share. Anyone here?
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You will need stainless steel staples, a proper staple gun I recommend pheumatic if you have a compressor. You will need the proper adhesive as well.

You will likely need to replace some of the tack strips, but you won't know until you get it apart.

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If you look at your pic of the bent latch, see the grey cloth strip that the top sits on. That is for top pad. They attach to the frame and provide alignment and proper position of the top bows.

Think of the top as a body. The frame is the skeleton, the top pads and cables are the tendons and ligaments that hold it all together. The top is the skin that covers it all.

I always replace the cables when replacing a top. If they are stretched the top will not seal properly.

The weatherstripping bolts along the bottom of the frame when it contacts the Windows.

I buy my supplies from Convertible Top Guys.

https://www.convertibletopguys.com

Their website has all the tools, manuals and tech info you will need. To get started
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I can email anyone that pms me their email address the convrt top bible by richard. Wes
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I can email anyone that pms me their email address the convrt top bible by richard. Wes
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Flade, I'd be a little leary of that https://www.convertibletopguys.com website. Most of their stuff, they charge DOUBLE of what other places charge, and that is before shipping For example, Their ARROW T50 Electric Staple gun is almost $60. You can buy the same one on ebay for $27.00 Another one is their Top Boots. They want like $129.00 for a '65-'66 Top Boot. You can buy the best ones (TMI) from NPD for like $69.00...and their Top Boot bag in Black is $30. You can buy the same bag everywhere else for $17.00 and so on... Just a word to the wise...

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Flade, I'd be a little leary of that https://www.convertibletopguys.com website. Most of their stuff, they charge DOUBLE of what other places charge, and that is before shipping For example, Their ARROW T50 Electric Staple gun is almost $60. You can buy the same one on ebay for $27.00 Another one is their Top Boots. They want like $129.00 for a '65-'66 Top Boot. You can buy the best ones (TMI) from NPD for like $69.00...and their Top Boot bag in Black is $30. You can buy the same bag everywhere else for $17.00 and so on... Just a word to the wise...

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I emailed them. I'll compare their prices with what I've got in my Summit shopping cart.

Important is quality as well.

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"Important is quality as well."

Their Quality won't be any better than what NPD carries... and you can take that to the bank...

The only thing that I do like from the "Convertible Top Guys" that they carry is their Convertible Top Motors.... IT looks pretty damn good...if what they sell is exactly like their pics on the website. Other than that....I seriously doubt their other stuff is any better than NPD....especially Hydraulic Top Pump Cylinders. I would never buy those anywhere other than NPD... I've literally had horror stories with them from other vendors.. NPD carries the very best ones...period.

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Flade, I'd be a little leary of that https://www.convertibletopguys.com website. Most of their stuff, they charge DOUBLE of what other places charge, and that is before shipping For example, Their ARROW T50 Electric Staple gun is almost $60. You can buy the same one on ebay for $27.00 Another one is their Top Boots. They want like $129.00 for a '65-'66 Top Boot. You can buy the best ones (TMI) from NPD for like $69.00...and their Top Boot bag in Black is $30. You can buy the same bag everywhere else for $17.00 and so on... Just a word to the wise...

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Thanks Tony,

I've only used them for SN95 tops and they were pretty competitive there. They also have a some great packages with all the needed supplies. I'll likely buy supplies from them and parts form NPD.

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Cancelled my Scott Drake Top order from Summit and will be ordering an EZ-ON from NPD. I've been communicating with them over email and I'm happy with their service and knowledge and support. Thanks guys for your recommendations.

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Would like to get a copy of the convertible Top bible If possible. Having trouble figuring out how to PM. Joined a few years ago but have only browsed posts. Have a 65 convert with the top out and need to figure out how to repair/rebuild. Top Frame is 80% good and I did buy the Dynacorn from bow piece ( with latches, etc) as the old one was pitted terribly. Bows have some rust ( vert sat in a field for many years with no cover) and have no idea what tacking / felt material goes where, etc. Any help appreciated, Bill

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