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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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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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