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My '80 has reflective glass t-tops, I recently discovered prices for them - jayzus! Like $1300 for a pair. That's a bench-job transmission rebuild. I had no idea they were so expensive - seems like they'd be really susceptible to breakage from flying objects too.

Besides eBay are there reliable sources for significantly less expensive fiberglass spares for everyday use?

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...Besides eBay are there reliable sources for significantly less expensive fiberglass spares for everyday use?...
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Glass tops rarely get broken from "flying objects". They're usually broken when someone drops one, and bangs it against something while removing or installing them.

The $1300 tops are restored original tops, with new glass, weatherstrip, etc. installed. There are also restored tops available that use acrylic, instead of glass, that sell for around $850 a pair. Used pairs of glass tops sell for around $700-$800, and can be found at swap meets, Craigslist, the Corvette Forum Parts Section, etc.

Used 78-82 single handle, painted fiberglass tops, sell for around $300-$400 a pair. Unfortunately, by the time you paint them, replace the headliners and install new weatherstrip, you could have almost as much invested in them, as a new pair of glass ones.
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Old 04-23-2019, 07:24 AM
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I have to agree Brass, I looked at them when I recently bought my 76 and thought the same thing.... I would love to have a pair of tinted glass or clear tops, but geez.
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I have to agree Brass, I looked at them when I recently bought my 76 and thought the same thing.... I would love to have a pair of tinted glass or clear tops, but geez.
Mine came with them - but now I'm a bit anxious riding around with them - lol. I find them useful at stoplights so I don't have to bend over to look under the rooflline to watch the light if I'm first in line and it's cool to have the sky view but wow, I'm sure going to handle them Iike the Crown Jewels.
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I have a pair of glass one on my car and hate them, wish I had fiberglass tops.
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Think those are expensive? Try a set of TWO bronze Collector Edition glass tops....$2000 plus.

The way to break the code on glass T tops is to be patient....you are buying a commodity.

Buy one, then when the other shows up, buy that....singly they are much cheaper...

Craigslist and PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE.

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Several of the vendors used to advertise a refurbishment service that included replacing broken glass and new weatherstripping for about half the cost of a new set, but I haven't seen an ad for that in years. I'm in need of new glass for both of my tops, so I'll either be looking for that service when the time comes or crying as I shell out the bucks for a new set.
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Several of the vendors used to advertise a refurbishment service that included replacing broken glass and new weatherstripping for about half the cost of a new set, but I haven't seen an ad for that in years. I'm in need of new glass for both of my tops, so I'll either be looking for that service when the time comes or crying as I shell out the bucks for a new set.
You can still have your tops re-glassed, but the cost is almost as much as just buying them, about $1000.

Another option might be to turn your old tops in as cores. You use to be able to buy restored tops, and turn in your old ones in for a credit. I know you can still do this with the acrylic replacement tops, but I'm not sure about the restored glass ones. They don't sell as many glass tops as they use to, so they were ending up with a lot of cores they didn't need. If they're still doing glass tops exchange, the credit was around $125-$150 per top.
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Besides eBay are there reliable sources for significantly less expensive fiberglass spares for everyday use?
I got my set (same observations and reason) from a posting on this Forum. You might luck out on Craigslist, too.
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I just bought a set of M92A tops off a member here in the Classifieds section for a really fair price.
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I have a 76 and have thought about having the T-tops wrapped with a reflective vinyl. Looks like a glass top but won't break if it bumps something.
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Iíve seen them on Facebook marketplace, these arenít mine so donít know what they came from or anything else about them but I saw these
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