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    Thanks Kirk.

    I finally made it to the other side with the first row.

    I can't believe it lined up perfectly with the original stitches.

    I thought for sure I'd have to do some "adjusting".

    Enough of this crap, I'm off to the cruise!
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    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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    I finished one row of the double stitches, I still need to finish the other row, but I might get caught in rain this weekend, so I thought I'd try checking the stitches and rest of the top for leaks now.

    The seal for the top by the windshield was mostly missing, you can see the orange adhesive and white caulk here and there, with some rubber pieces by the A pillar area.

    I removed the rubber pieces and most of the caulk and stuck on a strip of closed cell foam seal I found for pick up truck cap mounting. I put some paper towels around all the sealing areas inside the top and sprayed the outside of the top with water to check for leaks.

    It wasn't too bad, all the paper towels were dry except at the A pillar areas on both sides at a spot that I didn't seal yet. There were no leaks at my stitches.

    Here's some photos, I don't have the after photo of the new seal yet, as I'm leaving the top up and clamped to make sure the adhesive sticks.
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    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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    I think I'm beginning to understand why people always claim old convertible tops are so "finicky." Age and neglect, leading to quick fixes that don't actually work.

    You really saved this one, Bill. Keep up the good work.
    Mike Martin

    1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
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    Very nice. I could see how you wouldn't want to get caught in the rain how it was, and watch as it slowly gets more damage.

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    Thanks guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by tixer View Post
    I think I'm beginning to understand why people always claim old convertible tops are so "finicky." Age and neglect, leading to quick fixes that don't actually work.
    That's why they call them 'Ragtops'.

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

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    if money grew on trees, you could just roll it in to any upholstery shop and they'd stitch you a nice new one. But it would be at least $1200 and if you went with a nice chestnut canvas color OOOOHHHHH boy
    lookin mighty fine there Bill...just keep track of your hours/time so you can put a value on it so when I come in to a large sum of cash I can make you an offer you cannot refuse

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    Thanks again guys.

    Here's some shots of the seals I put on, along with a before shot for comparison. The first one was where the top meets the top of the windshield area,

    I also added 2 pieces that weren't there before, there was a big gap where the top meets the windshield vertically. I circled the seal strips I put there, one on each side. There's a shot of the top not latched, then latched.
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    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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