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Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: hydroman ()
Date: March 19, 2017 05:54PM

What is the secret to sliding the top boot into the retainer.

Bob Burrell
1968 Monza Convertible
140 PG
Yuba City, Ca

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: March 20, 2017 04:59AM

I use Dupont Teflon spray on the bead. You have to keep it real straight when entering the channel. Then its kind of a push pull deal. If its cold and stiff it would help to have someone pull it through while you are feeding it in.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: March 20, 2017 05:57AM

My comment is the same lubrication and alignment.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: hydroman ()
Date: March 20, 2017 08:07PM

Thanks guys. Was really hoping there was a easier way.

Bob Burrell
1968 Monza Convertible
140 PG
Yuba City, Ca

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: March 20, 2017 08:24PM

A bit of silicone grease goes a long way as well.

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: '66Monza ()
Date: March 21, 2017 05:42AM

Slow and steady, push and pull. A helper on the other side is a plus.

Kurt
1966 Monza convertible
140 - 4 speed

Pittsburgh,Pa.
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'66 Chevrolet Monza, Cleopatra in the drivewaySmall Corvair RF

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: 63spyder ()
Date: March 21, 2017 06:08PM

I had the same problem, and my question is do you just leave the boot attached to the back of the seat. Because there is no way I'm going through that again. Lol

Wayne in Glide Oregon
63 spyder conv.(wifes car finished ,owned 17 years)65 monza conv.unfinished 14 years and never driven,yet!!!.61 rampside (new toy and distraction)

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: March 21, 2017 06:14PM

I leave it in the well during the summer. The only time the top goes up is when I get caught in rain where I can't go fast enough too stay dry. I pull it out during the winter and store it. They ain't cheap.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: gerg ()
Date: March 21, 2017 07:03PM

This the retainer along the back side of the seat?

I just disassembled a LM convertible last week - first time for that - and saw some stuff I'd never seen.

gerg
Monroe, LA


1965 500 Coupe, 140hp / PG, Brown EFI - work in progress
1962 Rampside, 110Hp, factory 4 speed & 3.89 posi


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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: March 21, 2017 07:27PM

I have the original one for my convert and its in great shape. The harder plastic liner that the snaps attach to is brittle and the snaps are coming out of it. I have been trying to think of a way to save it as it really does look great.

Lee J
Southern New Jersey near Philly.
1966 Corsa 180/4 speed
1969 Monza convertible 140/4 speed

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: March 22, 2017 06:36AM

Hi Lee, my situation is the same. What did was take a piece clear flexible plastic, like from a heavy duty blister pack. I cut it to a length about 2" past both sides of the snap and the width of the seam threads. Then cut an oval hole for the snap, allowing it to slide a little as the originals do. Then I glued it with an appropriate glue. One has been in place for several years. I am a little more careful about how I pop the snaps off now. I can send a pic if this doesn't make sense.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: March 22, 2017 07:26AM

When the top is up the boot fits perfectly over the well, I see no reason to ever remove it unless like J. O. and the car has a lot of sun exposure.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: March 22, 2017 09:01AM

Here ya go Lee. The PIC isn't much help since the repair is so clear. The only glue I have that is that clear is the vinyl cement used for repairing pools and inflatable toys, so I guess that's what I used.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa

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Re: Top Boot Retainer
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: March 22, 2017 10:05AM

jjohnsonjo Wrote:
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> Hi Lee, my situation is the same. What did was
> take a piece clear flexible plastic, like from a
> heavy duty blister pack. I cut it to a length
> about 2" past both sides of the snap and the width
> of the seam threads. Then cut an oval hole for the
> snap, allowing it to slide a little as the
> originals do. Then I glued it with an appropriate
> glue. One has been in place for several years. I
> am a little more careful about how I pop the snaps
> off now. I can send a pic if this doesn't make
> sense.

Hi JO
Thank you for the pictures and the ideas!
Much appreciated!

Lee J
Southern New Jersey near Philly.
1966 Corsa 180/4 speed
1969 Monza convertible 140/4 speed



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/22/2017 10:05AM by gnvair.

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