New Convertible Top Boot Snap Question.....

Discussion in 'The ragtop shop' started by Paul Stewart, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    OK, so it's nice out now and I want to fit my new Legendary Top Boot! It comes with a snap kit and my question is this. The car didn't have a boot before, do I need to install the snaps or will it blow all over the place. The kit shows how to install the snaps into the boot, but how the heck do you install them into the convertible stainless trim????

  2. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    You don't need snaps, that is not how they came from the factory. The boot should have a plastic tab all the way around the outside. That tab slides under the stainless trim. If you are unsure what I mean, flip the boot over so it is upside down and post a picture of it.
  3. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    10-4, that works.

    Very tight, what’s the best place to start, inside or outside?

    Thank you!
  4. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    Attach it to the rail behind the seat first. Then I usually start at one side and go all the way around. I spray some quick detailer where it slides under to make it go easier.

    If it is brand new, you should let it sit in the sun for a few hours before putting it on if you can. It will need to be loosened up / stretched.
  5. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    Excellent, thank you Chris!
  6. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Buick Guru

    If it came with snaps one has to wonder if it is the correct boot. That type of boot can sometime be a PITA, but they look so good when installed as they give such a smooth integrated appearance
  7. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    4CF65FF5-B37E-4FB3-9766-4E62F3E15FF4.jpeg 267352D1-368F-449D-AF4A-3A31894A2608.jpeg Me likey! It was a tough stretch w/o the sun, but she fits!
  8. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Buick Guru

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  9. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    Looks great Paul! With mine, I never remove it from the channel behind the backseat. I undo the tabs around the trim, flip the cover on top of the back of the seat, put the top up, and then flip the cover into the top well. Just remember to flip the cover back out of the well onto the top of the backseat before you put the top down. Bad things happen if you don't, I found out the hard way at a car show where I had a friend who put the top down for me......
  10. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...sun is your friend when doing anything with convertible top (or vinyl truck bed cover)...
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  11. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Buick Guru

    I always put my convertibles out in the sun before a major car show if it needed to be shown with the top up. I would also use my heat gun to get any stubborn wrinkles out so that the tops always look flawless
  12. Larkster68

    Larkster68 Well-Known Member

    That boot looks great! This has been very helpful for me because I have the original boot from ’68 and a couple of the clips around the curves no longer hold, so the ends pop up, plus the under foam has rotted away. I was looking at ordering a replacement boot, but wasn’t sure how good they were, so now I know. I will order one soon, but won’t need it until the Fall when the AZ temp is then under 100 and I can put the top down without bursting into flames! Also, a couple of months ago I had the top replaced and found a guy that comes to your house and replaces it in the driveway, and he also bleeds the line and replaces fluid. My Skylark was ordered new with a black int and a white top, which it had when I bought it, but I always thought the top would look better in black. Anyway, as you see I did go with black and he did a fantastic job that took 1 day to complete.
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  13. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Well-Known Member

    I was actually considering changing mine to white! My car is all original and has the original top and interior, but I wish he would have ordered it with the white interior. Even in WI, that Black interior gets HOT!!!!!! ;)
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  14. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Buick Guru

    You guys haven't lived until you play with the big cars, we can't call up and order interiors and boots lol. My upholster has taken several apart for me and painstakingly made new from the pattern.
  15. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    The only snaps should be the two on each piston cover. They should not be visible when the cover is snapped on.

  16. Dan Healey

    Dan Healey Well-Known Member

    There are two snaps on each side that attach to the interior arm rest piece.
  17. Skylard

    Skylard Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys,
    I working on a convertible I got in pieces.
    Trying to determine if I need clips on the pinch molding for the trim.
    I wonder what the story will be when I go to put the boot cover on.

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