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bthompson
03-07-2009, 05:55 PM
Thought I'd upload some pics for us 1500 guys with attached hoods. Most sources, even the <span style="font-style: italic">owner's manual, </span>shows to fold the quarterlights over the <span style="font-style: italic">top </span>of the hood when folding it up. This is, I think, <span style="font-style: italic">NOT </span>the best way. It puts the plastic right up against the top clamps, and folds that narrow strip of vinyl (between the windows) around four layers of fabric, then tries to bend it around a tight bend.

I think that is a dumb way to do it. It puts too much strain on that little strip of vinyl, and risks poking holes in your windows. This is a method that takes better care of those side windows, and keeps the plastic away from the clamps.

https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top1.jpg
...From the driver's seat, undo the clamps (2) and snaps (6) on the inside. Roll down the windows and pop the doors.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top2.jpg
...On the outside, undo the Tenax fasteners (6).
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top3.jpg
...Pull the hood back to its 'balance point,' a little less than halfway back.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top4.jpg
...Tuck the side windows <span style="font-style: italic">inside</span>, making sure the fold is down that vinyl strip.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top5.jpg
...This is what it looks like from the back.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top6.jpg
...Now pull the hood free of the bows, draping it over the trunk as the bows fold down.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top7.jpg
...Make sure nothing gets pinched (especially the windscreen snap-tab!) and the bows are fully folded.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top8.jpg
...Flip the hood forward across the bows.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top9.jpg
...Reach in and adjust the fold again, making sure the vinyl strip and not the plastic is doing the folding.
https://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l39/W_J_Thompson/mg/top10.jpg
...Roll the hood down and around the bows. <span style="font-style: italic">Et voila</span>.

To erect the hood again, flip it over the trunk as before, pull the top to its 'balance point,' and pop out the quarterlights. Pull the hood forward, and fasten everything up.

RickB
03-07-2009, 06:51 PM
I think I like that!
Once it stops snowing here (yes we are having more snow here right now) and I've removed my hard top, I'm going to try doing it that way!!

Rick (when do we get sum o dat goble warmin' stuff???) Bastedo

maddy
03-07-2009, 07:04 PM
Yeah, it's snowing here also! Drove it today though!!!
Bill, thanks for taking the time to post the how to's. I've been doing it all wrong and have been concerned about it.

RickB
03-07-2009, 08:09 PM
Hey - I drive it EVERY day - just with the "appropriate" top... :wink:

Midget78
03-08-2009, 02:29 PM
Bill, thanks for the pics. I have yet to ever have my top down since owning my Midget and feel a lot more comfortable doing it after seeing your instructions. I heard it can be a 2 man job putting it back up?

bthompson
03-08-2009, 03:55 PM
I've heard that about the early 'erector set' tops, too...but the 1500 top is easily done by one person. With practice, a little over one minute putting it down, about 40 seconds to put it back up. Beats the heck out of wrestling with a Bugeye top!