Joined: 25 Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
|Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:37 pm Post subject: Correct Operation of your ascMcLaren Top
|By Sandy Block
1. Turn down Sun Visors.
2. Carefully and slowly rotate towards the rear view mirror, each of
the POT METAL (they snap off easily) the levers under the sun visors.
3. Once rotated - using open palms, gently place palms against long
horizontial black plastic finishing moulding (that the black handles
fit into, and push upward to very slightly push the pins attached to
the roof that fit into the little holes atop the windshield moulding.
4. Now with motor running, AND EMERGENCY BRAKE pulled up (ON)
push the black button behind driver seat on driver side rear
quarter panel. I think you push the top part of that button . That
will send the big aluminum screw UP and outta its hole, centered
atop the FIBERGLAS tonneau cover. I made it in Caps so you do
not allow people to sit on it -- yes it will CRACK.
5. CAR MUST BE ON LEVEL SURFACE, or with the front of car higher than
the back, otherwise Tonneau CAN flip/fold the front edge downward
and the metal guides can puncture the small plastic Roof windows.
With Tonneau fully opened, you grasp the roof about where driver's
head weould be if he was in the car, and pull up and rearward at
the same time.
6. STOP when the front of the roof is pointing at the sky!
(Mid-Way) ~ Some cars do this by themselves, (my blue one) BUT
other so not do it, (MY silver one) and YOU must do it !!! With roof mid-way, look
inside and you will see the metal bar that when the top is up.... it
right over your head. That bar PIVOTS. You must reach inside and
slightly pivot that bar, (like the bottom of the letter "U".
Otherwise the stacked roof will NOT fit into the cavity under the
7. Once pivoted GENTLY pull the roof material out from the metal bars
that look like a vertical "Z" on either side (where the "C" pillar
would be on a coupe. I think it's called a scissors bar...
8. With bar pivoted, and roof padding & outter material pulled for roof
frame, you are ready to complete lowering roof into cavity.
9. There will be two small pieces of material poking up from the cavity.
Just gently tuck them in and then lower the front of the Tonneau
Cover so that it's in this direction / and side it forward so the Silver metal frontal "forks" glide into the two upside down
metal "U"s and then push down on the Tonneau to lock closed.
On 1989s & 1990s and a few 1988s, there is a button that you cannot see, on the back end of the emergency brake, when the brake is pulled up to engage, as the front of the brake handle is lifted, a button on the back end HIts a metal plate that pushes that button in. Unless the brake is engaged, the tonneau will not pop open. Safety measure.
1985 ascMcLaren Coupe - Midnight Blue