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New top installed! 86 Roadster

 
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86MclarenCapri



Joined: 27 Sep 2015
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Location: Norfolk, VA

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:09 pm    Post subject: New top installed! 86 Roadster Reply with quote

I ordered a new top from TopsOnLne for $465 in the black cloth.

https://www.topsonline.com/model/Convertible_Tops_And_Accessories/McLaren/1984_thru_1986_McLaren_(ASC_Conversion).html

I brought it to a local auto upholstery shop and they installed it for $600. It looks GREAT!!! It does have a few wrinkles in it, but we haven't had many days over 70 degrees, so I'm thinking that it will shrink up when it gets warmer. the important thing is that they got it to sit flush on the tonneau on the sides--you never see that kind of fit on the after market tops.

So, I would highly recommend these tops!

In addition, I had an 88 ASC roadster about 10 years ago and the same shop installed a new top on that car. They ordered it from TopsOnLine.com and I really wasn't as impressed with it at that time. I doubt that TOL has changed their design, but maybe they have improved their manufacturing process??

I know in this age, we don't see many positive comments on vendors, but we all need new tops and we are nervous about shelling out good money on a gamble. I have to say that I had a good experience with TopsOnLine.com.
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7ftbill



Joined: 26 Mar 2018
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Location: michigan

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious, why didn't you go with the OEM one?
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well...

The 'OEM' ones were $750 and I didn't know how long they had been sitting around.
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7ftbill



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good point, I was worried about the plastic deteriorating over time too. I suppose if they are stored well, it shouldn't be too much of an issue though
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svo413



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Top Reply with quote

I was not thrilled with the OEM top. Both in fit and durability.
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86capri62



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Location: LaSarre,quebec,canada

PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally had a factory(supposed) replacement that came from Hank Huisman and it was not at all identical to my original one. Maybe it was a late models from mustang instread of capri.
I did business many times with topsonline and Vic is a great guy to do business with. If you ever need leather seat of good quality ask him. He's cheap and work is excellent. I'm sure he can reproduce both the standrad and Recaro. He did two Ferrari for me and I was very satisfied. Both from scratch using my old cover as template.
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7ftbill



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan,
Did your wrinkles come out? I am starting to think I might need a new top Sad

Now that I have gotten my motor working again (thanks to capri50asc!), the top is so tight that my tonneau will not go down all the way...

can you send a couple pics?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:30 pm    Post subject: Top Reply with quote

There should be no wrinkles in a cloth top. The plastic windows will smooth out in the sun. Vinyl tops with wrinkles show go away with time.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Top Reply with quote

svo413 wrote:
There should be no wrinkles in a cloth top. The plastic windows will smooth out in the sun. Vinyl tops with wrinkles show go away with time.


Thanks Kevin. Ordered my top a week or two ago, they said manufacturing time is about 3 weeks total. Hoping it will resolve my issue - not that I just have $$ to throw at a new top =/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:45 pm    Post subject: Top Reply with quote

I ordered an OEM top and had it installed about 10 years ago. About a year later, the plastic windows fell out because the stitching rotted out. The plastic is date coded and said 1988. I have to believe it was OEM as ASC was still running at that time.

I had the windows resewn and rest it still holding up. Not much more life in it. It’s starting to rub through from the cover.
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capri50asc



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Location: Canton Michigan

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Taking care of your top on your ASC Capri/Mustang Reply with quote

Taking care of our tops on these cars needs special care. Here is some good tips:

1) Never go through a automatic car wash
2) use a very lite brush to clean with gentle soap and water
3) Never lower your top if its wet..It must be dry before lowering it or raising it
4) Never dry clean the plastic windows. Use a spray bottle with water and a micro fiber cloth to dry.
5) Limit the time the car is in the sun light with the top up. the UV from the sun destroys the clear plastic window by drying out the oils in the materials.
6) Never leave your top down for more then a couple weeks. Put the top up for a day or two. The top will need to relearn its seating position and prevent any kind of shrinkage.
7) Lube the the arms once a year with a lite machine oil
Cool When you lower the top and before locking the cover look at top and look for any rub points on the arms or where the top is stuck between the arm rails. use micro fiber cloths in the arm.
9) Also use micro fiber cloths on the plastic windows as the top tucks itself in . As the top moves down the road these cloths will protect the windows from wear marks.
10) When the top is down and before closing the top down , make sure the header panel screws do not rub on the top. Use self adhesive tape on the top on the area where these screws could damage the top.
11) Check to make sure your two locking handles are locked back in the tucked position before locking it down.
12) Think about mounting a small light with a switch to check on the pull down motor at night.
13)Use a good grease for the holes in the header panel that lock the top down when you raise the top to lock down.
14) On the inside of the top when its up look for "rub" spots and apply strips of velcro to inside of the top (fuzz side) to will save from a hole going through.
15) If park your car outside with the top up. Never lock the car....The crook will just cut through the top Just leave the doors unlocked!

Chris
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