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Old 04-14-2019, 06:12 PM
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How much should I expect to pay to have a new convertible top installed on my 67 Corvette?
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:53 PM
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Labor for the top only?

All the parts are there, new top in hand, and the top frame requires no rework, and all weatherstripping is good, or does it need replacing, too?
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:09 PM
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If you use the search feature here, you will find plenty of info on top replacement, some with cost numbers. Dennis
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:21 PM
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Everything is there but I would replace the weather stripping..
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:16 AM
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W/S is around $200. You will need to get a tack strip set. about $40 Hardware ?? Labor would be $450 or so. That would be with no issues. How do your windows align now?
To get a good window alignment I may have to remove the door panels.
Also, many times the header has rust issues. The tabs that hold the tack strip in place have a tendency to rust away. Even worse there may be rust holes.
I would suggest you remove the canvas yourself to take a look.

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Old 04-15-2019, 09:49 AM
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Typical install prices are $500-$700 depending on your location - and that's assuming minimal frame tweaks are needed...
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Thanks so much for your input.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:55 AM
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On a two-top car IIRC the best practice is to align the windows with the hardtop and then adjust the convertible top to match the window fitment - experts can correct me if I have it wrong..
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Does anyone have access to an old chilton or haynes labor time guide ? Take that time and multiply by the shops posted labor rate and that would get you in the ballpark..no ?
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I would say no....

That formula doesn't take into account the intangible "value added" of an expert with years of experience doing the job on these old cars....there are some tricks that aren't in any manual..
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
On a two-top car IIRC the best practice is to align the windows with the hardtop and then adjust the convertible top to match the window fitment - experts can correct me if I have it wrong..
Good point, Frankie. It is a must on a two top car.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I would say no....

That formula doesn't take into account the intangible "value added" of an expert with years of experience doing the job on these old cars....there are some tricks that aren't in any manual..
Ya, If you go by instructions, like the one in the service manual, you will get yourself in big trouble. If anything, get the video from AK.
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