<VV> Fitch Roof Installation

Rob Landers CorsaRob at charter.net
Sun Oct 11 20:58:41 EDT 2009

Actually... the epoxy route doesn't work very well... cracked pretty badly
due to body flex.  My brother and I re-painted the car in 1996.  Based on
conversations with Mark North (Skip North's son... Skip was Fitch's shop
manager) who has owned a lot of Fitches and Mr. Fitch himself, we only used
2-sided trim tape on the front edge.  We had to double it up due to the lip
on the front edge but the car is currently sitting in the Bowling Green with
the same trim tape holding it down 13 years later.  But make no mistake,
body shop trim tape is not the same as 2-sided tape from Wal Mart... this
tape sticks like glue and paint sometimes comes off when you remove it from
a car.

The back edge of each wing does have a stud that goes through the fender and
a nut/washer holding it down inside the engine compartment on the backside.
The sides are held flush by the notch/ear that hooks around the drip rail
edge at the back end of the rear windows.  Some of the later versions of the
Fitch roof do not have these ears as they did make the top fragile when not
on the car.  However, I suppose you could use 2-sided trim tape on the sides
as well.

Rob Landers

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[mailto:virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of William Pierson
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 7:38 PM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: Re: <VV> Fitch Roof Installation

I installed the Fitch roof on the Sprint that is on display in the Corvrtte
museum. Robert Landers now owns the Sprint.
It was supposed to be installed, according to the directions, with brass
screws countersunk in the front of the roof and nuts/washers installed under
the headliner. I did not want to take the headliner down so I epoxied the
Fitch panel to the steel roof. As far as I know, it is still attached after
20 years.
Bill Pierson

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