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pattimelt

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VERY new here and need advice
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:43:49 AM »
So when I was just a youngin', my dad gave me my first car-- it was a 66 Mustang, and he told me that since I was in driver's ed that summer, that my job would be to take apart the engine and put it back together again.  Well, while I never became the mechanic he hoped I would be, I've always wanted another Mustang. 

After 26 years, I now have that 2nd Mustang.  It's in great shape, engine-wise, but definitely needs some cosmetic work!!!

I got it cheap, and the person that sold it to me gave me some replacement parts.  Well, the first thing I have to do is replace the darn window in the convertible top!!!  It's so bad, that if I don't have the top down, I have NO view out the back window!! I have the new window, but I can't figure out how to replace the darn thing..

Can anyone point me in the right direction to do this on my own, or is this something I should have a professional handle? Any clue as to how much this will set me back if someone else has to do it?

Thanks for any help!! 

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 10:50:33 AM »
First - welcome to the forum.
If you have a heavy duty sewing machine and know how to use it, no problem. A convertible top window is one of the items that's best sent to a pro. Don't be surprised if you are told the whole top needs to be replaced. It's a never ending battle with older cars.
Jim

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 10:57:41 AM »
LOL.. I figured as much.  The top itself is in great shape, but the window, otoh, is a mess.  There's a rip in it, and if I attempt to drive with the top up, I won't be able to see thru it, unless I unzip it.  Thank God I live in California, and it's nice out!! 

Thanks for the info.. now to go find someone that can do it for me..

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 01:59:49 PM »
Depending on your location in California, a referal could be made.
Jim

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 02:06:03 PM »
Jim, I am in Fullerton, in Orange County.  Tell me you have a recommendation for me!!

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 03:31:46 PM »
After you get it fixed, keep it in the garage.  The sun turns that plastic to a brown color, and dries it out so it cracks. 

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 04:47:24 PM »
It's a bit of a stretch from the SF Bay area but look up local Mustang related shops in the yellow and white pages and stop on by. Businesses work a lot better face to face than on the phone. Also consider joing a Mustang club which most of those shops have connections. Club members usually will give both a positive and negative recomendation.
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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 04:59:54 PM »
I'd go visit some local upholstery shops to get their advice on whether they can repair it to your satisfaction or not.  You might also want to price out  a completely new top to see what the price difference would be to either repair the window or to just replace the entire top.  I've seen verts with glass back windows, but I don't know about Mustangs with regard to that.  It might be worth checking into. 

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010, 06:37:40 PM »
I live in Tustin, CA. I priced out having new seat covers put on my 66 mustang through several upholstery shops in Orange.  There are a ton of them there.  The prices were all over the place so be sure to call around and get the best deal.  They're all hungry now....Try to use a shop owned by a legal American ...

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2010, 08:42:28 PM »
Thanks for the info.. now to go find someone that can do it for me..


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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2010, 04:27:56 AM »
Yeller pages! ;D

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Re: VERY new here and need advice
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2010, 04:33:22 AM »
It's a bit of a stretch from the SF Bay area but look up local Mustang related shops in the yellow and white pages and stop on by. Businesses work a lot better face to face than on the phone. Also consider joing a Mustang club which most of those shops have connections. Club members usually will give both a positive and negative recomendation.
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