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Triumph TR6 - Torn vinyl roof
|I have a small tear in my vinyl roof and suggestions on how to repair it?|
Try to Google vinyl repair kits. I know there is such a thing. Hopefully on your side of the pond also.
Thanks very much found a kit and it will be with me next week.
|I have two very large tears in my vinal so have just ordered a new cover, Having never fitted a cover to a frame can anyone out there advise me on the best way to approach this job or any pitfalls I may encounter as the workshop manual does not cover this job thanks|
Attach the back stiffening bar first starting at the center and working out one at a time per side. Pull on the vinyl as you attach each bolt....stretch the top a little.
Attach frame and stiffening bar to the car.
Get a can of 3M general trim spray adhesive.
Let the top sit out in the sun for a couple of days...top up with the vinyl over the leading edge of the top. It is easier if you have 2 people for this. After the top has been heated up by the sun so it will stretch, pull it over the front leading edge with the top in the full up position (not locked down obviously). Mark where the vinyl goes over the front edge with some sort of soap or white removable marker. Spray the center area of the top and the frame..let the glue tack up as per can instructions then attach the center of vinyl to the top frame. IMPORTANT! once the vinyl touches the metal it is stuck for good. Now pull the top (stretch it) towards each side. Get an idea where it will lay then spray ,let sit, and then attach. Trim excess vinyl and attach the front weather strip bars.
Finally sit back and have a wobbly pop.
Check cd 1 for detailed instructions w/photographs.
|Rick, Sounds like you have done this before, Guess me and my new vinal can sit out in the sun and blow the froth off a couple of cold ones! Thanks|
Yup, and also had a few wobbly pops. Kinda a fun Sunday afternoon job.
If you use 3M general trim adhesive ( a spray can) make sure you let it sit as per can instructions. Like I said, once the vinyl hits the metal, it is stuck! I found this adhesive to be VERY good and you need a good adhesive as you are pulling and stretching. You should find it at any auto supply.
IMHO this is the best adhesive for doing interiour work also.
It is kinda "stringy" when you spray but acetone cleans it up (or good ol nail polish remover).
A question for you. What do you need a top for?
When it rains, it is only for about 1/2 hour and usually is at lunch time.
|Rick I have never used my 'Rag top' for the reasons you mentioned but I have decided to sell my car, I do not use it except for maybe a drive on a Sunday morning and the last one in October led to another $200 fine for speeding and another stupid driving school class, If I lived where you guys do I may have a different view but in Florida the roads are very boring, It is immpossible to drive during the summer months with the top down as the sun and humidity make driving more than 10 miles a challenge not a pleasure, I have spent a lot of time on rebuilding and making this car what you would expect a 70s modified car to be. Rust free with substantial increase in performance, and looks to match, I am going to advertise in 'Hemmings' because I think ebay although seen by more people is too expensive, Just let me get my top on! clive|
I now recall you mentioning you are selling her....too bad.
I think the best roads for driving on are OR and WA states and our province, BC. They only have one wee problem though. TOO much rain. PA and VT deserve memtion.
You will still have good memories or your drives Clive.
|I think Clive just needs a new project. How about a classic Mini with a VTEC conversion?|
|Rick, you obviously have not driven our roads in the Southern Appalachians in TN and NE AL. Try it, you'll like it.|
Not bragging but there is a not a lot of states I have not driven in and TN is NOT one of them. Took my kids down to Pigeon Forge on a holiday by car. Went to take them "indoor sky diving". Did not get to meet Dolly though. Then through or should I say across The Great Smokey Mountains NP. and headed east to Virginia Beach and of course Williamsburg. The Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel was really cool.
Thanks for refreshing some very fine memories. Yes, some very fine country also.
It would be much shorter to mention the places (areas) I do not like in the US....Buffalo comes to mind on this list.
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