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Thread: 1993 Mark VIII convertible progress

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    Finally got back to working on this car.

    The rear window stitching is rotted. The top guy said the only way to sew it is to take the top off and stitch it with a machine.

    I think once that top comes off, it's going to need to be replaced, and the tops aren't even available. Maybe I'll get a custom top made over the winter.

    I'm trying to sew the window back in by hand, to hopefully get another season out of it. I know it won't look as nice as a machine, but I don't plan on using it much with the top up.

    I try to use the old holes when possible, but that's pretty hard to do sometimes. I have to use a mirror, and getting my arm on the inside of the window is tough. It took me about 6 hours over a few days to get about half of it done.
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    You need someone inside the car to help. I'm sure it'll work just fine. Mine had a new top installed about 5 years back. No clue who did it as it was before I owned it.
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    Your doing a hell of a job stick with it Bill Best of Luck!

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    I would have just tried to glue it LOL

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    Thanks guys.
    I did a few more stitches today after work. A second person would help, but I'm getting there.

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    Hey Bill, Did you try that stuff seen on tv? They made a boat float made from screen doors with this stuff lol

    https://www.flexsealproducts.com/product/flex-tape/


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    Quote Originally Posted by warden View Post
    You need someone inside the car to help.
    Quote Originally Posted by billcu View Post
    A second person would help, but I'm getting there.
    I offered. LOL.

    Bill, you could sew it in such pattern, where you go two holes over, and come back one, two over, come back one. It will look uniform that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad1stGen View Post
    I offered. LOL.

    Bill, you could sew it in such pattern, where you go two holes over, and come back one, two over, come back one. It will look uniform that way.
    Yes, I'm going to finish the first stitch all the way across, then I'll be able to extend the top some and go back and do the second stitch so it's double stitched again. That should be easier and faster as the holes will already be lined up.

    Thanks again for the offer to help, I wanted to get it started here and once it was started I just kept going with it.

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    Thanks for the glue suggestions, but I don't think there would be a glue strong enough to hold the plastic window to the cloth. It's very tight when the top is latched down. My stitching might not be strong enough.

    I might run a small bead of RTV on it just for waterproofing though.

    My sister tried that flex tape on her pool, it didn't work, but it wasn't on the inside of the liner like the commercial, it was on the plastic skimmer box.

    Bill
    1994 Deep Jewel Green 183,142 miles
    1997 White LSC 135k miles
    1998 White Collectors Edition 175k
    1994 Black (#2) 100k miles
    1993 Deep Jewel Green Convertible

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