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|October 10th, 2018 03:30 AM|
|SamIsbell||The torx bit is a T47.|
|November 16th, 2013 12:49 AM|
I thought I was on my own when it came to replacing my top this weekend. 750 to replace the top or 150 for a new frame and top. It was a no brainer. This thread has saved me so much guessing. Thank, you so much.
|October 31st, 2010 09:43 PM|
Iv'e done that too. It definately makes for a long day. The only thing i would add is to use some trim adhesive behing the rear panel with those 12 point nuts when you reassemble.
+ rep for the write up.
|July 9th, 2010 10:48 AM|
|July 2nd, 2010 04:37 PM|
Put the top up
and remove the vinyl liner that's behind the rear seats by carefully pulling it off these plastic bolts.. a little angular twist helps
Which reveals these
Now you need your 13 mm 12 point only!!!! socket to remove all theres.. there's like 30 all around the edge its time consuming unless you have an angled air compressed socket gun
oh and also that fabric screwed on the right of the picture above is part of the headliner, takes a small t-20 torx. remove that too
remove these snaps and save them there's 3 on each side around the edge behind rear seat windows
On to the frame of the top
there's going to be four of these LARGE torx bolts on the frame inside the car below where the seat belt was bolted in.. remove them [YOU MAY HAVE TO PUT THE TOP UP AND DOWN A FEW INCHES TO ACCESS SOME] (i cant remember torx size I'll post when i find it)
2 in this pic
1 on the hole
and the 1 bottom one connected to the car itself (rusty)
Remove the hydraulic pump
disconnect these clips by pressing where my pointer finger is.. remembering what one goes on top because there's two
remove wire clip that powers the pump. there's a snap in the middle you pry up
now these rubber triangle pieces are in holes in the frame for the pump. shimmy something in the bottom to pry each out one at a time.. if you get frustrated there's always two bolts on the bottom of the little frame you can remove with a wrench
and now there's four of these clips that hold the hydraulic lines to the frame, use your finger to snap them open. also there might be some zip ties.. cut those
LIFT TOP OUT WITH A FRIEND.. VERY HEAVY..
and now your top is out.
reverse the process to get new one in and i hope this helps everyone
here are the results !
|July 2nd, 2010 04:36 PM|
Installing new top Frame ,motor and all 94-01
So yesterday i spent a good 7 hours doing this. So if you're down for it I'm making this post for you. This guide is for if you have a COMPLETE replacement convertible top including frame, pumps, hoses and hydraulics. I got mine from a junkyard for $100 and removed it myself.. get small sandwich bags with labels for your bolts so you don't misplace them.
Lets get started first. Here's My car before
Start removing the back seats by pressing the bottom buttons under the bottom seat about a foot from the edge in towards the seat to unhitch it. theyre snug between the seat and carpet.
The white part is what you press
Next Just pull the bottom seat out sliding the seat belt clips through their respective holes
Now there are two 10 mm screws at the base edge of the back of the backseat.. Remove them
pull the seat upwards and it should come out of the slots the hooks on the top are in
Now where these slits are, goes some plastic pins, pop them out with a flathead or plyers or whatever works.. save them
Inside the door sill at the top should be these two snaps.. also pop them out but you can leave them connected to the sill.
And on the back of this is one snap that loosens with a screwdriver and pops out.. why cant all of these be this way.. don't unscrew it too much or it will seperate the two little pieces.
Now remove the two 10mm bolts holding the top of the seat belt bracket
on the bottom of the seat belt bracket there's one other nut. 13mm
pull up the window weatherstripping for the back window. you only need to remove the inside half.
now were going to remove the metal trim that goes around the entire edge of the convertible. there's two screws that are now accessible by removing the weatherstripping.
And one little one in the back corner
Open the trunk and there's about 8 or 10 more
Shimmy away and the trim should pop straight off
I did this for easy access to what we are about to do