Posts Tagged ‘Mechanical Stuff’

Hassles of the Hardtop Roof

Replacing the hardtop roof
Hardtop removal the easy way

Compare the above 2 images. What’s wrong with the second picture?

Anyone out there with a TBird with a removable hardtop will be able to relate to the misleading advertising (or creative licence) of the illustration above.

See the ease with which these 2 be-suited gents can remove the roof, smilingly? As Tracy will attest, the fibreglass shell roof is no featherweight. And after tears were shed (OK, that was me), we decided to agree to leave it to the wonders of engineering to remove and replace the roof.

So I ordered the original Spare Part roof pulley to do the work. In due course, the pulley arrived from Larry’s Tbirds in U.S. After further due course, and due indolence, it was attached to the garage roof.

Problem is, my garage doesn’t exactly feature Cathedral ceilings. So the process of removal involves: removing car cover, reversing the car with pinpoint accuracy, detaching the aerial, attaching the pulley straps, winching the roof, driving the car forward, replacing the aerial, and eventually driving to destination.

To replace the roof, perform the above in reverse order. Or consider the guidance of the ad: “the hardtop can be leaned against the garage door for months!”. Unless you need to use the garage door on a daily basis… in which case whingeing and winching go hand-in-hand.

Armadale Auto Parts Open Day

Alan’s Auto Parts shop in Armadale is a mecca for Vintage & Custom car owners looking for that hard-to-find dooberlacky for their love object (the car, not the Missus).

So the Annual Open Day in November is a real drawcard for Tbirders and other inter-denominational car-heads.

A couple of nice Tbirds showed up, and I met Steve, owner of the 56 Tbird. Behind the wheel of the Blackbird is a Black-Bearded nice guy.

Al promises to lay out some Astroturf next year to improve the photo opportunities. Note to self: don’t forget the sunscreen next year.

More Pictures in the Gallery.