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Old 12-17-2018, 11:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am still doing work on the top. I replaced the clear plastic rear window. I have also restitched the zipper in at a lower spot to allow for shrinkage. The clear plastic in the side windows are in good shape. I also restitched the zippers a little lower to allow for shrinkage.

I had to do some repair/restitching along the edges everywhere, windows, top edges, etc.

One thing I did that seemed to make the biggest difference is that I relocated the two anchors for the rear top bow. By removing the anchors/pivots, I could put one of the bolts into the rearmost hole to plug the threaded hole and protect it. The other bolt went through the rearmost hole in the anchor/bracket but it screwed into the frontmost hole along the top of the bed.

This very effectively moved the rear top bow forward about 1-2". Now, it's easy to fit the bottom plastic stays underneath the garnish slots. It was helpful with the two panels that come down on each side of the rear window. One of them had pulled all the stitching out from being too tight.

There was no way I was going to be able to get the other side off without breaking something because it was too tight also. Now the rear window is somewhat loose due to0 the fact that I had already restitched the upper zipper piece on a little lower.

I should probably post a picture of the new rear top bow anchor locations. They seem to fit perfectly and snugly even though only one bolt is holding each one now. It almost seems as though the designers decided to provide a simple means to alleviate the too tight syndrome when a soft ages and dries out/shrinks.

Probably giving them too much credit though.
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what happens if you break the zipper pull does anyone know the size and type for replacement?
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Check with a upholstery shop. They should have catalogs with these things listed in different sizes. Worse case is let them replace the entire zipper. Repaired many when doing that type work!
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Or if you live near a boating area, check with companies that would make canvas tops for boats. You might also want to contact companies that make aftermarket tops, but there is no assurance that they use the exact same size zipper.....
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Yes you can get crimp on zipper pulls, but barring having to find the correct size, check your junk drawer for a coil type key ring. Spin it through... done.
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I suppose much depends on what ‘zipper broke’ actually means.....did it come off the tracks? Just the pull broke? ???
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