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Old 07-21-2008, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Operation of convertible top?

Easy question!

Is the rear window glass supposed to attach to the convertible roof along it's top edge?

When I was Corvette shopping I looked at two C5 convertibles. I noticed that when I put the top down on both cars, the rear glass would pivot inwards a little. That is, the glass was not attached on the very top edge.

Is this operation normal? Was my top broken when I purchased it?

If it's not normal, then it must be a well designed top, because I drove around like that for about five months through all sorts of conditions with zero leaks. It's was fine during washes and also through monumental down pours!

Eventually, the rear glass in the back of mine did fall out. It was about two weeks ago. I glued it back and it so far appears to be holding. However, I did notice that some of the glue has begun to separate at the very top edge, just as before. It seems this area is under the most stress when dropping the top.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 07-21-2008, 11:03 PM   #2
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Yes...it is supposed to be attached all the way around.
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Originally Posted by ToplessBlonde View Post
Yes...it is supposed to be attached all the way around.
If it comes loose again try this: http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show...6844&highlight
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:24 PM   #4
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u drove in the rain are we supposed to do that, lol
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:28 AM   #5
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Thank you! I had some black RTV sealant around and glued the area again with it. I saw it was listed in the poster's selection of "successful glues".

I'm finding that the Gorilla glue I originally used adheres well to both surfaces and does indeed seem to be resistant to both 100 degree temperatures and waterproof.

The problem is it's not the best gap filler. It tends to break in the center if put down too thick, which, of course, I did in some places. It's properties, combined with the extra stress placed on this area of the window caused a small corner to separate slightly.

Although, in all fairness, 90% of the bond was still in place and could have gone longer without repair. I guess I'm just a perfectionist!
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