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 Posted: 11-04-2007 03:26 pm
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Steve Jarvis
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I'm looking for a recommendation for a new convertible top. When we bought the car it came with an EZ On replacement that had been purchased several years earlier but never installed. I ran into the same problem with the rear bar as mentioned in another post. I talked with Randy (I believe) who suggested slitting the material. This worked and we completed the install.

The next issue is that there doesn't appear to be enough material from side to side at the body behind the doors to fasten the roof with either velcro or snaps. With one side relatively in place the other side is a good 1.5" from the body. It sounds like this is one of the tops that suffered from the multiple 1/16" or cutting errors as mentioned in the other post. I'd return it but it's way past any warranty period or even knowing where it was purchased.

So still need something to keep the rain out. From what I've read either the Robbins or a Caribou Canvas tops seem to be well made and good options. Any comments or alternatives? Thanks for your input.

 

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 Posted: 11-04-2007 04:13 pm
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Jensen Healey
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The EZ-On top is ill fitting, based on a shrunken vinyl top. Caribou is slow to deliver, up to 1 year in at least one case. The Robbins seems to be the only alternative at this point. 

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 Posted: 11-04-2007 05:33 pm
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Steve,

I bought a Prestige MH top about 4 years ago and fits good and looks real nice, I got the black top with beige on the inside, which contrasts with the powder coated top frame real nice.

 

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Forgot to send website

http://www.prestigeautotrim.com

 

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 Posted: 11-04-2007 05:46 pm
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Steve, are the sides of the Prestige top long enough to lay flat on the fenders so the snaps can be installed?

Does the window pull tight or wrinkle?

Does the top pull up at the corners?

How about some pictures? This would be of great help to those JH owners who haven't already wasted their money and time on an inferior top like the EZ-on.

Kurt

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 Posted: 11-06-2007 02:58 pm
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I had a Stayfast top by AA Best professionally installed and am very pleased with it.  Pix on the JHP Photo Gallery, Minnesota. 

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 Posted: 11-06-2007 11:43 pm
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For interest, I called Caribou Canvas several times over the last two days with no answer. I then checked out their fax number and it is out of service. There doesn't appear to be anyone at home. Any chance they are out of business?

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 Posted: 11-07-2007 12:37 am
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They seemed to be having significant problems years ago, their JH top was great once upon a time, but I would never recommend that anyone try to purchase something from them as they will most likely never see it.

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Thanks for all the ideas. Ordered the Robbins and will install in the spring. Too cold to do it now.

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 Posted: 11-28-2007 08:37 pm
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I have a Robbins 'pinpoint grain' top on my car, very pleased with it. I'd suggest that you add some snaps on the inside rear. I'm referring to the place on both sides where the top velcros to the body. I put 3 snaps on each side, there were already three snaps across the back when I bought the car and the top stays put.  The installation tool and snaps are available at any marine supply store.

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What can I expect to pay for a top plus having it installed? Is it best to go to an upholstry shop? I have 1 close by wanted $1400 for the top plus install.

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 Posted: 04-19-2010 09:28 pm
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It's not cheap to get a top installed by a reputable professional these days, but that sounds a little on the high side. I know people that have paid $2.5K for a custom, hand binded, German canvas top, so it will vary. If you don't want to install a top yourself, you would certainly benefit by visiting a number of upholstry shops in your area or nearby large city and compare as best you can. Prices vary considerably by area. A Robbins top will start near $500 for vinyl and $800-1,000 for different grades of canvas. Other cheaper tops are available too, it depends what your tolerance for a good fit is. The JH had a bad master pattern from day one and the companies with good quality tops, like Robbins, have already adjusted their patterns long ago to fit real cars.

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Rejen Classics in England sells soft tops at £220 (2009). It seems nice so far, but I haven't completed the install yet. The holes for the rear bar are large enough and match the positions of the lugs on the car.

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 Posted: 04-22-2010 12:15 am
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I have a lead on a hardtop can it be installed over a soft top or must the soft top be removed?

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Considering the low production numbers of our cars I've always been surprised that there were several hardtop manufacturers .... all of them fit without removing the soft-top. 

JH is much nicer than my TR6, that takes an hour and tools to switch tops in addition to always having to store one top or the other.

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 Posted: 04-22-2010 02:12 am
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You can un-hook the back of the soft top and stow it.

Hardtops are loud and change your car from a "convertible" to a hardtop. When the sun shines you may miss the ease of the conversion. I threw my Snugtop in the dump. Nobody wanted it, even for free!

Kurt

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Thanks for the info guys. I realize a hardtop poses issues however I am getting it for long trips and moves only. Given we have less than 10 days of rain a year here in Bullhead City the top is never up. The hardtop will remain off and in the garage unless I am overnighting somewhere or moving.

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 Posted: 04-28-2010 09:27 pm
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Well I got the hardtop. It was a 4 hour drive to Yuma the longest trip I have taken so far. The trip down was great. I met fellow member Terry Chandler. He has a great collection and we spent a few hours chatting and fixing the top to fit. The trip back was not so uneventfut. Two miles from Terrys house the fuse on the fuel pump broke. A servicemember stopped and helped me push the car to a side road. Note on trips do not wera clothing too loose fitting. My shorts dropped down around my ankles making running with the car to steer very hard. Well terry came out with his tools and knowledge and did a temp fix to get me home. I missed my turnoff in Vidal CA. in the dark and ended up in some deserted town where 62 West meets I-10 and was near out of gas. There was a 24 hour cafe (no motel or gas station) where they told me of a guy who would bring gas out. Well $55 I had 5 gallons in my tank and decided to drive to the next exit Blythe and stay at a hotel. Well the next morning the drivers window would not open (I do not have interior handles so I had to slide my 5:6 260 pound frame across the car and out the passenger side. After that the trip went fine.

BTW does anyone know what to use i.e. paint etc to restore the inside of the hardtop to a single stainless color? 

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 Posted: 04-29-2010 02:09 pm
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I haven't used it on my hard top Int. but on plastic lawn furniture and painted white railings, but ordinary bleach turns things back to new. I'd just be very careful not to get any on the exterior black.

Brett

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