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Bertrand 08-28-2008 02:58 PM

Another canvas top question
I found a Stayfast canvas top for sale on ebay from Tops 4 Less. It's pre-cut using a computerized cutting table and goes for $285 plus $16.95 for shipping. With everything that I've heard and read, installing one of these requires surgical skills, a hefty bank account, and your first born. So, I emailed Tops4Less and they claim that because it is pre-cut it relatively simple and can't be done in 3 to 4 hours. What gives? This is for an '81 380SL that it is nowhere near showroom caliber but with no rust and only 74,000 it's not bad either. Again, if it's pre-cut how hard can it be?

Strife 08-28-2008 10:33 PM

It isn't "hard" but it's tedious. I did one on my driver car so I would do a better job on my "good" car. I made a few mistakes...but not serious. Most, but not all, of what you need to know is in the ship manual or on these forums.

Gurunutkins 08-29-2008 01:18 AM

got to agree with strife, dont be put off its a simple job, just take your time. Mine took me about 5 hours over 3 or 4 days as I had to wait for glue to set before I carried on. I found that once I had the front bow done the rest was really easy. its just taking the first step!;)

DanielG 08-29-2008 10:40 AM

I have not done it, but before you start study your current top and take lots of pictures (with the top in position, partly folded -- in various stages of fold) just to have a better idea of how things are supposed to look.

Good luck!

peter serbanica 08-29-2008 04:35 PM

I wouldn't buy that top. I only use GAHHcom.

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