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 From 1971 Fisher Body Service Manual

Section 12

Folding Top

    1. Transfer reference marks from removed top cover to new one as follows:

    2. A. Place new top cover on a suitable clean surface, such as on clean roof of a car to provide proper contour and fullness, with inner surface of cover down.

      B. Position removed top cover over new one.  Carefully align back window opening upper corners and rear quarter upper corners of both covers.  Secure both covers together at these locations.  Carefully Jay out trim material of sail area of both covers.

      C. Transfer location marks for trimstick (upper and lower trimstick edges, as well as ends) as shown in Fig. 12-1.

      D. Then reverse position of covers by positioning new cover over removed one, as described above.  Re-check location of reference marks,

      NOTE: If any difference is noted, the average between the two is the correct reference to use.  Mark corrected references clearly.

      IMPORTANT: Transfer of reference marks must be done in a highly exacting manner for best results and minimum rework.

    3. Place folding top cover on folding top framework.  Then, position and locate top cover to trimstick according to reference marks, and tack top cover to trimstick.  Tack from top cover inner vertical edge reference on back curtain toward front.  Avoid excessive stretching, but keep material flat during tacking operations (Fig. 12-1).
    4. Position rear trimstick into body in reverse of removal operation (See Steps 10 I I of Removal of Folding Top Cover Less Back Curtain) as shown in Fig. 12-9).
    5. Secure rear trimstick to body assembled position and tighten attaching bolts (Fig. 12-6).
    6. Insert hold-down cables into top cover listing pockets and secure as follows:



      A. Raise front roof rail slightly above windshield header.  A length of welding rod or equivalent wire can be used to facilitate cable insertion by pulling cable through listing pocket.  Install attaching screw at rear of cable.  Then, apply forward pull on cable and install front attaching screw (Fig. 12-2).

    8. Insert and center retainer in top cover listing pocket at front roof bow.  Position retainer on front bow and install attaching screws (Fig. 12-3).
    9. Apply nitrile cement or neoprene-type weatherstrip adhesive to cementing surfaces of side roof rear rails and to quarter flaps.  Center top cover over rear bow and align quarter flap seams with . edges of side roof rear rails to remove all fullness from top cover.  A forward draw on cover outer. sides will aid this operation.  With quarter flap seams aligned with each rear rail, cement quarter flaps securely in place.

    10. NOTE: Top cover may require some lateral stretching along rear bow to achieve proper fit of quarter flaps to rear rails, and to remove fullness from top cover valance over rear window.

    11. Using an awl or equivalent tool, pierce flaps for side roof rail rear weatherstrip attaching screws.  Install weatherstrips to help maintain position of quarter flaps while adhesive is drying.
    12. While pulling top cover rearward slightly to straighten material over rear window, install tacks to secure cover to rear bow.

    13. IMPORTANT: Tacks must be installed in a straight line in center of rear bow.  Tacks ourboard of deck seams should not exceed 6 inches.  Also, tacking distance outboard of deck seams on each side should be uniform.  Pierce hole into top material and tacking strip at each outboard end of rear bow for wire-on binding clip escutcheons (Fig. 12-1).

    14. Lock front roof rail to windshield header.  Pull top cover straight forward at seams to desired top fullness.  While maintaining tension on cover over front roof rail, make pencil mark on cover outer surface along forward edge of front roof rail (Fig. 12-16).
    15. Lower top to stacked position.  Carefully, apply nitrile cement or neoprene weatherstrip adhesive to cementing area of front rail, to corresponding surface of top cover, and to front corner flaps.
    16. Raise top within four inches of windshield header and support roof rail on header with suitable wood block.  Secure cover to front roof rail by pulling top cover reference mark slightly beyond target so that pencil marks will be slightly under front edge of roof rail.  With doors open, align sides of top cover with forward pull, and secure corner flaps to cemented surfaces.  Remove wood block and complete cementing top cover to front roof rail.  Lower top and install several stay tacks.
    17. Raise top and lock to windshield header.  Check appearance of top trim, top operation and locking action of top.  If additional tension is needed in top cover, repeat Step 12 and pull top cover further forward.  Stay tack and re-check top for proper appearance and operation.
    18. Lower top and complete tacking of top cover to front roof rail.  Trim off excess material (Fig. 12-12).
    19. Carefully align, seal and install front roof rail and side roof rail weatherstrips.
    20. Raise top and carefully, apply a bead of neoprenetype weatherstrip adhesive around each rear bow tack head and into two holes pierced into top material for wire-on binding clip escutcheons screws.  Applied adhesive must be within area covered by wire-on binding.
    21. Install rear bow wire-on binding and escutcheons.  Tack from center outward to maintain a snug and straight fit.  Length of binding outside of deck seams should not exceed 6 inches and should be of uniform length on each side.
    22. When completed, folding top should be free from wrinkles and draws.  Install all previously removed trim and hardware.  Clean up top material and car as required.