[TR] TR4A Soft Top Installation
dave1massey at cs.com
Sat Dec 31 09:40:39 MST 2016
do it on a warm sunny day
This is a recipe for setting the top too tight to erect on a cool day - when you really need to. This is one of my pet peeves. Folks say you must wait for a warm, sunny day to put the top up. I say no, you need to be able to put it up when you NEED to put it up, such as when you are on a fall color tour drive and the clouds roll in and it starts to rain. I had a top installed one spring (cool weather) and it fit just fine and it went up regardless of the weather.
<<Rant mode off>>
From: glemon <glemon at neb.rr.com>
To: john-marie <john-marie at sbcglobal.net>; <triumphs at autox.team.net> <triumphs at autox.team.net>
Sent: Fri, Dec 30, 2016 2:59 pm
Subject: Re: [TR] TR4A Soft Top Installation
I am not an expert either, but used the information on the buckeye site and VTR http://vintagetriumphregister.org/maintenance/ (scroll down) to fit my TR250 top and it turned out fine. I actually like the VTR site better for this particular how to. Basic instructions, do it on a warm sunny day, in the sun, find the side to side center of the top, start from that center in the back and work forward. sidewalk chalk is your freind.
I think the main difference between the 4a and 250/6 top is the velcro seals on the sides, otherwise pretty similar.
---- john-marie at sbcglobal.net wrote:
> Looking for some expertise on this subject. I am beginning to install a Robins top on my TR4A. The closest instructions I have found was a Buckeye Triumphs article on installing a soft top on a TR250/TR6. Much of the article is useful, but not meant for a TR4A. My thoughts for the webbing is to attach them to the rear retainer bar, bolt the bar to the body and fit the webbing. Have the old webbing to help locate the frame ribs. Fitting the rear of the top to the bar, after it's unbolted, seems straight forward. The top has a fold at the rear that will set the position of the bar and Lift-the-Dot studs. I am less sure on how to handle the the front. Based on the old top, the front flap is is folded over the one piece steel channel seal and riveted to the header. And there is a rubber seal to be attached. Any suggestions on how to do this and get a tight top will be greatly appreciated. I claim no expertise. Any comments are welcomed.
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