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Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: April 08, 2018 05:57AM

I only drive Skyler the DropTop AirVair on pleasant days, park it under a long carport with a car cover on it.

I can cover it up and leave it with the convertible top and windows down.

Theft or molestation is not a big issue; I live in a safe dull area the local police refer to as "Hooterville" because of it's low crime rate.

For longer top life, is it better to leave the top down as much as possible....or always put the top up when parking it?



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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: April 08, 2018 06:05AM

It's a matter of preference. If you have to show the car with the top up then storage with it down can cause wrinkles that might not come out.
Some of my friends store their cars with the top down but they don't show their cars.

Lee J

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 08, 2018 06:12AM

Having owned several convertibles over the years including a few late model Corvair's, I have always left the top up but then again these were outdoor cars at the time.

Owners of convertibles like I currently own often suggest leaving the top up but leave the latches loose at both ends (windshield and body ends) during extended storage in order to help retain a snug taught fit.

With this in mind, I would think that maybe leaving your latches at the windshield header unlatched during storage with the cover on it would work best if your concern is the top stretching during storage.

My concern would be that leaving the latches loose, might result in slight shrinkage of the top material and possibly result in difficulty securing the latches when the car is taken from storage.

I would not suggest long term storage with the top down for a couple of reasons. One being the possibility of a wrinkled top that may take time to unwrinkled and the second possibility would be the potential of providing a home for mice who might chew on the folded top while in storage.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: April 08, 2018 06:30AM

I was just concerned about wearing out the power top motor and cables, going up and down every time I drove it.


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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Spyderman64 ()
Date: April 08, 2018 06:35AM

I used to leave the top down all summer and raise it for winter storage.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: April 08, 2018 07:58AM

I am like spyderman,
I take it down in the spring, and put it up in winter.

But they are stored inside, but with the latches loose, and covered with a suitable car cover in winter

Bob Bauer

Show-Me Corvairs

1966 Monza Convert 140 P/G with A/C, plastic wheel with tele-column am-fm posi-traction
1966 Corsa Convert 180 wood wheel tele-column am-fm sport steering posi-traction
1965 Corsa Coupe Crown V8 mounted mid-body temporarily red lined for repair
House Springs, Missouri

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 08, 2018 08:07AM

rnch Wrote:
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> I was just concerned about wearing out the power
> top motor and cables, going up and down every time
> I drove it.
>
>
> eye popping smiley

I had a power top on one of my Corsa convertibles and found that I preferred the manual top. I always found it difficult to properly get the top folded when putting it down as I found myself going from the top to the switch to check things several times during the process. Then when it came time to put the top up, I couldn't simply use the switch since the it was necessary to remove the boot first. The convertible I currently own has a manual top and I can put it up or down while sitting at a traffic light.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: April 08, 2018 08:41AM

I read somewhere, maybe in the Corvair body and chassis book, that for long storage, e.g. winter, it is best to have the top up but unmatched at the windshield to prevent the top seal that compresses against the windshield from losing its body and staying permanently compressed thus lessening it's seal. So that is what I do during winter. From Memorial day to Labor day my top is mostly always kept down.


Vin
Dayton, OH
1965 Corvair Monza Convertible (4 speed)

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: vairygood ()
Date: April 08, 2018 09:07AM

If I'm not going to drive my vert for a while(month or more) I put the top up,usually during the summer and spring its down.

Buster Tindel
Gulfport Mississippi
63 vert
65 Corsa 140 4 speed

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: April 08, 2018 11:53AM

rnch Wrote:
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> I was just concerned about wearing out the power
> top motor and cables, going up and down every time
> I drove it.
>
>
> eye popping smiley

I used to leave my top down all the time, and found that it would shrink and then I had a difficult time latching it. After that, I always put the top up, and latched it. I wouldn't worry about wearing out the power top motor or cables, since motors and cables are a lot less expensive than a top replacement.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: April 08, 2018 02:39PM

I'm up in winter down in summer, it's inside if I'm not using it. One year I didn't raise it until December and had to give it a day to stretch back before i could latch it, then it was back down for the parade. I'd leave it down and if you don't have to put it up for rain latch it for a few days every six months to keep it stretched.

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

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: April 08, 2018 07:08PM

The convert top on my 64 Bonnevile was put on in 1993 , still looks new. Stored inside but it's out on most sunny days . Top hasn't been down in over 20 years.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: April 08, 2018 07:14PM

If you want to get the most from the top as far as lifespan the top should only be down when you are driving it.

If you want the most convenience, leave it down in the summer and up in the winter (if you park inside of course). Just know you will have to replace it more often, especially the back window.

Nick
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1964 Monza Spyder Convertible #435 - Rotisserie restored - Check out my restoration thread here: [corvaircenter.com]
Recreational Mechanic/CORSA Member/COG Supporting Member/US Navy Veteran
Northern Colorado, USA

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: April 11, 2018 12:40PM

My top is stored up, and latched, unless I'm driving it with the top down.

Its a Clarks top, replaced in 1999 or 2000. Was stored outside for about half that time.

There is no issue with the header seal - still seals just fine. No top shrinkage / Stretch noted, either.

Eric P.
DeWitt, IA
Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts / Corvair Minnesota / Corvanatics
61 Rampside, 65 4-door/140PG, 66 Monza Vert, 66 AutoX Car, Manx Vair Buggy, Rupp Chevy Jr.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: irvan ()
Date: April 11, 2018 04:33PM

I leave mine down all summer and up for winter. I have unzipped the rear window for top down driving but thinking about leaving zipped in this year while down for summer. Opinions?

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: JerryM ()
Date: April 11, 2018 04:42PM

irvan Wrote:
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> I leave mine down all summer and up for winter. I
> have unzipped the rear window for top down driving
> but thinking about leaving zipped in this year
> while down for summer. Opinions?

I leave my '65 zipped and it hasn't seen any damage. It likes to wrinkle as its folded, so it requires a little finessing to keep it straight.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: April 11, 2018 05:44PM

I used to leave mine zip when dropping the top.
Yes, it took a LOT of finessing to keep it from wrinkling.
Then, I once heard someone talking about unzipping the window to drop the top.
DOH ! ! !
I had never thought of that!
MUCH better!
Do what ever works for you, but I would unzip it myself.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: Layton Curtis ()
Date: April 11, 2018 05:55PM

When I put the top down I don't unzip the window. I kept some towels handy and make sure that they are in the middle of the window when I fold it. That way it keeps the vinyl from creasing.

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: vairygood ()
Date: April 11, 2018 08:24PM

That's the same thing I do Layton.It works.

Buster Tindel
Gulfport Mississippi
63 vert
65 Corsa 140 4 speed

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Re: Is it better (for top life) to park/store it with the top up or top down?
Posted by: vaporloc ()
Date: April 14, 2018 03:25PM

2ragtops Wrote:
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> I am like spyderman,
> I take it down in the spring, and put it up in
> winter.
>
> But they are stored inside, but with the latches
> loose, and covered with a suitable car cover in
> winter


Oh crap=== My secret is out. Thought I was the only one who did that...

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