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67CruiseMaster

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Convertible top differences
« on: May 27, 2018, 11:44:13 PM »
Guys other than the rear portion of the convertible top differences, is there anything different at the front? Like the matches or the part that fits to the top of the windshield?
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KurtS

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 05:18:56 AM »
Huh? Differences between what?
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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 11:49:03 AM »
Are you asking about the top frame - power versus manual?

67CruiseMaster

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 07:14:21 PM »
Yes Pete. Is the front bow between manual and power top the same? Are the front latches same too?
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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 09:07:10 PM »
Yes the front bow is the same, the hinge between the front rail and the one over the quarter windows is different (which probably makes the entire front side rail different as the hinge is welded to one or the other rail), and the operating arms that push and pull the top up and down are different.
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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 09:09:55 PM »
I can't find the old discussions here or at the TC site on this, but I believe the only difference is the rear side frame sections, where the power top is more beefed up.  Heres' a Firebird discussion which is probably the same:
https://firstgenfirebird.org/f-a-q/manual-vs-power-top-parts/
   
The top is found in the Body by Fisher Service Manual, but I don't know if it details the differences.

67CruiseMaster

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 11:58:32 PM »
Thanks Mark and Pete. Just as I suspected. I knew the rear section was going to be different. Read some threads where someone put a motor on a manual top and it damaged the frame on the manual top. Good to know about the front bow. I suspect latches are same too.
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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2018, 12:01:21 PM »
Here is the only top frame difference, the middle welded hinges over the doors, power on left, manual on right.  Rest of frame is the same and can unbolted.  But this hinge is welded to the two side pieces.


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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2018, 08:17:56 PM »
Are you in need of a power frame or parts?

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2018, 08:26:41 PM »
im currently looking for a power frame yes.
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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2018, 01:57:20 AM »
I may be able to help!

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2018, 10:34:56 PM »
Does anyone have clear close-up images of the power frame linkages and attachment points?

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2018, 01:17:07 AM »
I have a entire top frame out in the open...minus the hyd cylinders. What shots do you need?

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Re: Convertible top differences
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2018, 01:06:08 AM »
IF you could, a couple close ones along the top of the first hinge similar to the side view that KevinW posted above. I'm interested in the attachment points and general shapes of the three short links. I'll be glad to share whatever I learn. Thanks!