<VV> Sluggish Convertible Top

J R Read_HML hmlinc@sbcglobal.net
Thu, 20 May 2004 14:59:24 -0500

It is my understanding (could be mistake on this) that if it was a power top
from the factory, that initial bend that the top makes (front 1/3 folding
upward) happens automatically.  If the top was originally manual and later
converted to power, you need to give an upward push on the front portion
(header bow) in order to get the bend started.  If you don't give it that
push, it will bind and (of course) slow the motor down.  What the specific
mechanical differences are, I don't know.

Mine was converted, so I always have to give that extra little push.  In
fact, it was converted on one car and later moved - swapped between cars
when I sold the other one.

My $0.02 on this one.

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Later, JR
'61 Rampside Standard 4/110
'65 Monza Convertible 4/140
'66 beater Coupe - icemobile 4/140

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven J. Serenska" <corvair@serenska.com>
To: <virtualvairs@corvair.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 2:01 PM
Subject: <VV> Sluggish Convertible Top

> Group:
> The power top on my '65 convertible has gotten quite sluggish of late.
> It's gotten to the point where I have to reach back and push up on it
> with my hand to get through the initial stages of the "up" cycle.
> My question is, is there such a thing as "progressive weakness" syndrome
> for power convertible tops?  Can I expect this problem to continue to
> get gradually worse?  Or should I be concerned about a sudden stoppage
> of the top in the near future?
> My dilemma is whether I should fix it now and not risk it getting stuck
> in the open position during a rainstorm, or whether I can wait a little
> while until the offseason when I'll have more time/money to do the work.
> Finally, are there specific parts I should be thinking about replacing?
> Thanks in advance for everyone's comments.
> Steven J. Serenska
> '65 Monza Convertible, 110/4, sluggish top
> '66 Corsa Coupe, 140/4, hard top
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