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Author Topic: Convertible top confusion!  (Read 2658 times)

greywolf27030

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Convertible top confusion!
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:13:27 PM »

I've been scanning eBay, etc. for a top to make my Capri weather proof and have run across a confusing issue.  It seems some tops fit "88 to '94 models while others fit '92 to '94.  Why do some fit all and others come in two series, early and late?  Previously put a new top on a VW beetle and was easy, but I've already realized this is a totally different animal.  I'm interested to see how riveting a top on goes.

Thanks, Jack Byrd
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tonlaw71

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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 07:04:25 PM »

There are two different tops because the length of the soft top over the side windows is different between the later and newer models. The easiest way to make sure you get the right one is to measure that area of your existing top and just order the new one based on that. You don't want to go by the year of the car because the top and frame could have been changed.
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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 07:30:59 PM »

IIRC, you can buy the larger top regardless of what one you have - and if you have the smaller top you'll just end up cutting off a bit extra? That's what I've been told, anyways
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greywolf27030

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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 09:08:46 AM »

Thanks guys, any idea which is longer.  The early or the later model?

Jack
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Chicken

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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 01:00:19 PM »

Later are longer. If you cut back, it does fit. The stitching isnt in the right place though.
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greywolf27030

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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 09:38:47 PM »

Later are longer. If you cut back, it does fit. The stitching isnt in the right place though.

That's interesting, what stitching are  you referring to?  Is there stitching on the front edge, sorry I"m not near my car. 


Thanks, Jack
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SHOwn

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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2015, 03:19:59 PM »

Just so it gets here FYI, this is from Robbins Auto Top's website: Here's how you measure the difference:

This is from the following website:
http://www.robbinsautotopco.com/mercury.php

Hope this helps everyone,
Ron
« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 08:14:44 PM by SHOwn »
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Re: Convertible top confusion!
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2018, 10:29:19 PM »

Wow...stumbled on this thread while searching the forum for info on buying a new soft top.  I did not know there was a difference in the length of the top over the windows for certain years.  Gold nugget right here.   love this forum.
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