Very Tight Top

Discussion in 'The ragtop shop' started by Briz, Apr 12, 2020.

  1. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Had the top replaced on the 66 Cat few months back. Shop said it would relax in time. Being my fist convertible I thought it was normal to have to fight to get the top latched. Bought the 70 Electra convertible. and it had a new top on it but had been in the open stored position for many years with a non op pump motor. Got it working , the top came up and lined up exactly where it was supposed to go. clamped down with little effort.

    I'm thinking there is a problem with the Wildcat. Seems like it should go forward at least another inch. I have to pull hard enough on the latches to fear something is going to break. Is there an adjustment or will I have to unbolt the retainer around the back of the top to get the slack I need? When its raised the fabric is tight. like very tight.
     
  2. 12lives

    12lives Gravity is matter warping space-time - Einstein

    My only suggestion is to leave it in the sun for a day latched and see if that helps. You should not have to force it, just a firm turn.
     
  3. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    I have what I believe is the original top on my car. It's always an effort to latch it shut. Don't know it it's supposed to be like that.
     
  4. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Its been months in and out of the sun and still really tight.
     
  5. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...I was gonna say what Bill said. Sounds like it's time to revisit "relax in time" guys...
     
  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    My 71 Centurion was like that. I absolutely hated latching that thing. They shouldn’t be that tight, even new.
     
  7. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    You know you're getting old when you complain about tight tops.

    Got a complaint about rear ends while you're at it?
     
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  8. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Really depends on the rear end. Like my cars with a big fat bootie and my women with a little tight butt.
     

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