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How bad does the drop top kit for fieros leak??? by pavo_roddy
Started on: 12-07-2015 03:25 PM
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Report this Post12-07-2015 03:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pavo_roddySend a Private Message to pavo_roddyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
HI all

I wish I could ask a more educated question, but I do not know enuff.... If someone could break the question down to be more "fitting" that would be awesome!!! By fitting, would mean best results possible, give or take...?

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Ive had literally dozens of convertibles, from VW to Mercedes. As a general rule, they all will leak wind and water under certain circumstances, no matter what. Its part of owning one. Used to be the same with sunroofs and t tops, but those seem to have improved. You just have to set your mind if you own one, at some point its going to leak. I had a Corvette targa top and you actually got wetter with the top in than out in a good rain. In the rain you just got hit with the drops. With it in, it would pool up and pour in by cupfulls when you stopped, started or turned. I even spent nearly $1000 replacing all the window and roof seals (new OEM) and barely slowed it down. Left outside with the top in during a heavy rain meant 4" of water on the floorboards. I even drilled 1" holes in the corners to let it drain.
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I view all convertibles as sunny day cars. I am finishing a Fiero convertible right now with a California Convertible./ LA Machine/Brisa kit . It looks like the weatherstripping will hold back rain but the kit was produced in California where it hardly rains. Looking at the kit construction carefully, it looks like it has good seals, but it will surely leak. Like Roger said its just the cost of owning a rag top.

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Which kit or conversion do you have? I got mine to be very water tight, but it took some trial and error. I had a Holland Pontiac conversion. I drove mine all summer, rain and sun.

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Originally posted by jaskispyder:

Which kit or conversion do you have? I got mine to be very water tight, but it took some trial and error. I had a Holland Pontiac conversion. I drove mine all summer, rain and sun.



As above I have the California Convertible / LA Machine / Brisa Fiero Convertible kit. That is the kit that has the one piece retractable top and it fits only on the notchback. Its very different than the two piece Intermoda design. The car for my install is an 85GT. The problem is that the alignment of the windshield header piece and the top are not precise. This will require a very soft weatherstrip. I just have little confidence that it will not leak.

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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:


As above I have the California Convertible / LA Machine / Brisa Fiero Convertible kit. That is the kit that has the one piece retractable top and it fits only on the notchback. Its very different than the two piece Intermoda design. The car for my install is an 85GT. The problem is that the alignment of the windshield header piece and the top are not precise. This will require a very soft weatherstrip. I just have little confidence that it will not leak.



I was asking the OP

The other kit is "Automoda". For the LA Machine, take a look at the convertible tops used on 80s camaros/firebirds (at junkyards, if possible), otherwise sunbirds and such. I am familiar with the LA Machines, but have not owned one. That may help you come up with something that is flexible enough.
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