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    Convertible Top Frame Missing Hood stick advice needed.

    Being a newbie to the TR3 I found this out after I had the car's top frame powder coated. My car's top frame is missing the top stick (the one nearest to the windshield and the connecting arms. Has anyone crafted a replacement for one? If you have, would you please share what your process and everything you can about the repair. I'm hoping to not have to get a whole replacement as I've already had the pieces I have on hand powder coated.

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    Re: Convertible Top Frame Missing Hood stick advice needed.

    So, buy another frame that is complete, and rob just the parts you need from it.
    Randall
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    71 Stag LE1473L waiting engine rebuild
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    Re: Convertible Top Frame Missing Hood stick advice needed.

    Would like to repair this one without putting another frame in the inop category.

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    Re: Convertible Top Frame Missing Hood stick advice needed.

    The frame is assembled with rivets, which provide a degree of stiffness to the mechanism and prevent rattles going down the road. Also, the frame takes a VERY heavy load from the top when it's up plus air loads, has subtle curves and dents, and is actually precisely shaped when up. You can pick up a replacement for about $100...or even free if you live near someone like me. Trying to repair one is not likely to succeed, and I cannot imagine doing it without scarfing parts from a good frame...which is still going to put a frame "inop".

    I know you are trying to salvage your powder coating investment...but this is one of those hard lessons best to take and move on.

    Edit...and...I see you DO live near me! PM me and I think I can set you up with a set of old sticks.
    John

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    Re: Convertible Top Frame Missing Hood stick advice needed.

    They're much more durable than the cars; doesn't seem to be any shortage. I've got several that are effectively inop because I don't have the cars they came from. But they're bulky enough that you're probably better off buying from John or at least someone closer than I am.

    A sharp contrast to Stags, where the front bow routinely breaks, gets repaired and breaks again. I'll need to deal with that myself someday, if I want to use the rag top instead of hard top.
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