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My T-Top install by FieroMaster88
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Report this Post04-14-2017 02:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroMaster88Click Here to Email FieroMaster88Send a Private Message to FieroMaster88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've decided to install t-tops on my 88 coupe. I'm still in the what have I gotten myself into phase of the conversion. I purchased the complete t-top roof kit from boysatt here on the forum. I got new glass seals and p seals from fieroparts.com. I got new lock sets from boomtastic. I also got a set of reproduction end caps. Some pictures of the parts:
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Ive been cleaning, sand blasting and painting parts. Have all the steel parts and frame finished. The aluminum trim pieces are going to get walnut blasted as soon as I switch over the media in my blasting cabinet. I also reconditioned the seals with some rubber seal conditioner from BMW.

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Report this Post04-14-2017 05:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Chief08Click Here to Email Chief08Send a Private Message to Chief08Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Looking good. It takes a lot of balls to cut your roof off, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Looking good. It takes a lot of balls to cut your roof off, can't wait to see the finished product.


Can't agree more!

I happen to have the C&C installation instructions in pdf if you would like.
Could email them to you.

I found them and downloaded them as a troubleshooting guide for mine.
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Can't agree more!

I happen to have the C&C installation instructions in pdf if you would like.
Could email them to you.

I found them and downloaded them as a troubleshooting guide for mine.


Yeah if you wouldn't mind. I've been unable to download it. My email is the one listed above.

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Report this Post04-15-2017 08:29 AM Click Here to See the Profile for railshotClick Here to visit railshot's HomePageClick Here to Email railshotSend a Private Message to railshotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I just sent the install manual to you.
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Report this Post04-15-2017 09:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroMaster88Click Here to Email FieroMaster88Send a Private Message to FieroMaster88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Got it! Thank you. I'm planning on cutting the roof next weekend. Have a few more parts to clean and paint.
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Got another package of new parts today. Has a new center bar, front molding and both rear moldings. I think I finally have everything ready to go. Now to get the time to install it.
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Report this Post04-23-2017 11:16 AM Click Here to See the Profile for railshotClick Here to visit railshot's HomePageClick Here to Email railshotSend a Private Message to railshotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Just keeping this up near the top and waiting to see if this happens or not.

If I had the skill set, I have been thinking about putting mine back to a solid roof as it was built that way to begin with.
LOL, not going to happen, but thinking about it..... has anyone ever put a T-top back to a solid roof car?

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Originally posted by railshot:

Just keeping this up near the top and waiting to see if this happens or not.

If I had the skill set, I have been thinking about putting mine back to a solid roof as it was built that way to begin with.
LOL, not going to happen, but thinking about it..... has anyone ever put a T-top back to a solid roof car?

(read signature lol)



I don't think I could ever convince myself it was worth it. I'd just buy another fiero that was a solid roof.
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I don't think I could ever convince myself it was worth it. I'd just buy another fiero that was a solid roof.


LOL, exactly what I just did!

The T-tops are staying..
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LOL, exactly what I just did!

The T-tops are staying..




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No real update this week. Need to get time to do the install.
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Originally posted by railshot:
I happen to have the C&C installation instructions in pdf if you would like.
Could email them to you.

I found them and downloaded them as a troubleshooting guide for mine.


I would like it Dave. My e-mail is correct in the profile/e-mail/PM/edit/quote toolbar.

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I would like it Dave. My e-mail is correct in the profile/e-mail/PM/edit/quote toolbar.

Thanks.


I just sent you a copy!
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Forgot to add pictures of the new trim pieces.

http://img.photobucket.com/...A5C8_zpscg4weelu.jpg

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When I did my t-top install years ago I pulled the seats out and used several old bedsheets to cover the entire interior, dashboard and all to catch the metal shavings from drilling a crap ton of holes (about 50 if I am correct) to rivet the t-top bracket in place. Made clean up a breeze.

If using a recip saw make sure you buy good blades which will make faster, cleaner cuts. I started with cheap blades which wasted time as I had to go chase more blades. Also I bought a harbor freight big ass rivet tool which made it a lot easier with those large rivets. Even having a big tool your arms will be sore when your done.

And lastly but should be the first thing, I used floor jacks under each door sill to support the car as I cut the top off. Was way easier than some other ways people supported the car to keep it from pinching the doors closed. Also before installing the t-top bracket rivets double check the door gaps so you end up with the doors aligned properly. Floor jacks make it simple to make any adjustments on the door gaps and are not in the way while you are working.


I did my install by myself in one day maybe 8 hours total. The next morning I washed it checking for water leaks and was done.

Good Luck and enjoy your new t-top fiero.

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I would like it Dave. My e-mail is correct in the profile/e-mail/PM/edit/quote toolbar.

Thanks.


Sorry cliffw, just saw this and emailed you a copy of it.
Glad I am being of some service to someone on here instead of just an old fart posting about his trials and tribulations. heheheh

Still waiting to see this happen, and to be honest, I just could not do it myself.... capable of it, but..... gulp!!!!!
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Also I bought a harbor freight big ass rivet tool which made it a lot easier with those large rivets. Even having a big tool your arms will be sore when your done.



The pneumatic ones make it even easier... and your arms don't get sore at all
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Tomorrow is the day. I finally have a day with everyone out of the house so I'm going to install my t-tops. I'll take pictures of the process and post them. Going to go pick up a saw and grinder today at lowes. One question, what is everyone using for adhesive when installing the frame?
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No advice on the adhesive, but a plug for a relevant product: I spent $15.00 on a Diablo brand carbide tipped metal cutting recip saw blade, and was miffed at the price, never spent that much on one saw blade in my life...but this one blade has now zipped through about 5 jobs that would have killed any normal blade...and it still looks and works like new. Highly recommended.

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Report this Post08-20-2017 08:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroMaster88Click Here to Email FieroMaster88Send a Private Message to FieroMaster88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Lots of work today. Everything fits good. Have to take it back out, install the front stiffening bar then install the t-top frame with sealant and rivets.


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Wow. Looking good
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Report this Post09-04-2017 12:20 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroMaster88Click Here to Email FieroMaster88Send a Private Message to FieroMaster88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Finally got some time to work on the car again tonight. Got the reinforcement bar and t-top frame sealed and riveted in place. It's now part of the car.



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Looking good so far!
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Nice to see this actually is happening!
And I agree, it does look good so far, can't wait to see the completed project.

Did the installation guide I sent help at all?
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Yes the installation guide has been great. Very helpful. Thank you again for sending it.
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About 90% done. Have to trim the interior trim, trim and install the seal runs along the windshield and install/modify the headliner.



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Man, looks like you did a great job on it. How are your seals?
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Man, looks like you did a great job on it. How are your seals?


Seals are in pretty good shape. I have some bmw rubber seal restorer that I have been treating them with. It's really brought them back to life.
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Pretty much done now. Have to glue the new seals to the glass, they leak slightly because they aren't glued. Headliner and trim is all installed. Pretty strange to sit in the car, look up and see sky after it being a hardtop for the last 17 years. I really like it!
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Nice, very nice. The next time I get up to Kalamazoo, I will have to take a look at it.

 
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Pretty much done now. Have to glue the new seals to the glass, they leak slightly because they aren't glued. Headliner and trim is all installed. Pretty strange to sit in the car, look up and see sky after it being a hardtop for the last 17 years. I really like it!

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