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    I have an 02. This morning I noticed there is some tearing away under the window on the inside of my top on both sides. This top was replaced before I purchased the car in May. Has anyone else experienced this and what did you have to do to get it repaired? The weather is so perfect but I'm afraid of putting the top down because I don't want the tears to get worse. Also, what kind of place repairs the tops? Thank you for any information.

  • #2
    Do you have pictures? If it is a new top installation, it may have to be repaired by a shop. If it is the glass separating from the top, you will be able to re-glue.
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    • #3
      Automobile Upholstery shops frequently do convertible tops too. Just Google for a local shop that installs convertible tops and you'll get some quick answers.
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      • #4
        I just got a car out of the top shop to repair the same problem. He used an epoxy to secure the top to the glass. He said he does 10-15 back glasses a week in his shop and that all brands have the problem.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tbear View Post
          I just got a car out of the top shop to repair the same problem. He used an epoxy to secure the top to the glass. He said he does 10-15 back glasses a week in his shop and that all brands have the problem.
          With a new top, this might not be her problem, unless they did not replace the window when they installed a top.
          02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. acc.#165 - 21 states-Dc
          02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-22 states-DC
          03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
          03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
          04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white #137 - 17 states-DC
          04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
          04 Merlot-Merlot htp-sand-Bill Grassnig- 16 states-DC
          04 TR-TR htp-sand 5 states
          04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 5 states-DC
          05 IG-IG htp-p/white acc.t #82 - 48 states-DC
          05 Dusk Rose-DR & C/mere htps-cashmere seats - 48 states-DC

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          • #6
            I'm thinking they didn't replace the window. Still trying to post pictures.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rebeccabyrd View Post
              I'm thinking they didn't replace the window. Still trying to post pictures.
              If the glass is loose to the bottom of the top, then you need to have that glued like Dave did.
              02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. acc.#165 - 21 states-Dc
              02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-22 states-DC
              03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
              03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
              04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white #137 - 17 states-DC
              04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
              04 Merlot-Merlot htp-sand-Bill Grassnig- 16 states-DC
              04 TR-TR htp-sand 5 states
              04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 5 states-DC
              05 IG-IG htp-p/white acc.t #82 - 48 states-DC
              05 Dusk Rose-DR & C/mere htps-cashmere seats - 48 states-DC

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              • #8
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                • #9
                  Picture 2
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                  • #10
                    Picture 3
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                    • #11
                      That seems to be a problem created by the person who installed the new top. If you can find another Thunderbird to look at you might be able to redo some of this sloppy work yourself.
                      02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. acc.#165 - 21 states-Dc
                      02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-22 states-DC
                      03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                      03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                      04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white #137 - 17 states-DC
                      04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
                      04 Merlot-Merlot htp-sand-Bill Grassnig- 16 states-DC
                      04 TR-TR htp-sand 5 states
                      04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 5 states-DC
                      05 IG-IG htp-p/white acc.t #82 - 48 states-DC
                      05 Dusk Rose-DR & C/mere htps-cashmere seats - 48 states-DC

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                      • #12
                        Thank you. I'll take it by a trusted place and see what they say.

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                        • #13
                          Rebecca, I just used gorilla glue about three years ago and it has held up fine. Good luck.
                          Bill Coates-Canfield, Ohio
                          2003 -THE GREY GHOST- MSG, Saddle with Saddle dash kit, door panels, boot and visors

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wcoates View Post
                            Rebecca, I just used gorilla glue about three years ago and it has held up fine. Good luck.
                            You put gorilla glue on the cloth around the window? It's almost like the cloth is dry-rotted.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rebeccabyrd View Post

                              You put gorilla glue on the cloth around the window? It's almost like the cloth is dry-rotted.
                              yes
                              Bill Coates-Canfield, Ohio
                              2003 -THE GREY GHOST- MSG, Saddle with Saddle dash kit, door panels, boot and visors

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