[Spridgets] FW: advice/recommendations needed for new top

Larry Daniels ladaniels at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 30 10:03:52 MDT 2008

Bud, when I had the top put on my wife's MGB, it was not exactly a perfect 
fit.  Not bad, but not perfect.  The installer said I should have had him 
order it as then, if there was a problem with it, he could send it back. 
The price he quoted me for a top was literally within a couple dollars of 
what I paid.  There was nothing he could do for me on the one I provided.  A 
lesson learned.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bud Osbourne" <abcoz at hky.com>
To: "'derf'" <derf247 at gmail.com>
Cc: "'Spridgets at Autox. Team. Net'" <spridgets at autox.team.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] FW: advice/recommendations needed for new top

> Thanks, Derf.  Whatever I buy, I'm going to have it professionally
> installed.  I figure I'll spend $250-$350 on the top; I want it to be
> right, and with no screw-ups (the top that came on the car, 26 years
> ago, appears to have been an amateur installation).  Since my comfort
> zones are fitting & welding, and mechanical work, I'll continue to stick
> with what I do best.  We have a guy, in Indiana, PA (about 2 hrs drive,
> for me), who does beautiful work and at a very reasonable price (like
> $75).  I've watched him install a few tops, during his annual
> demonstration, at The Roadster Factory Summer Party, and he REALLY knows
> his stuff.  Gets it done in under an hour, as I recall, including
> pausing to answer questions from the audience.
> Bud Osbourne
> -----Original Message-----
> From: derf [mailto:derf247 at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:53 AM
> To: Bud Osbourne
> Cc: Spridgets at Autox. Team. Net
> Subject: Re: [Spridgets] FW: advice/recommendations needed for new top
> I put a <$200 ebay top on my Miata and I am pleased with it.
> Installation is a long painful process.  But, you don't have to spend
> $500 on a top.  On the other hand the $500 tops are nice, too.
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