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 Post subject: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:36 am 
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In this build thread, I'll take you through the steps of installing a T-Top roof in your Fiero. Actually, my Fiero!

Here's a few notes before we begin.
-This is not an official "how to" manual but rather my version of doing a T-Top conversion.
-I'll be installing a T-Top roof into my 84.
-I will use RTV black silicone, PL Premium bonding adhesive, seam sealer and Avinox brand fasteners to secure it all together.
-I picked up an 87 space frame that had the T-Top option. Therefore, I will be reusing most of the components from that car.

Anyhow,on to the show.

Here's the unsuspecting donor. I just cut the roof off at the "A" and "B" pillars after removing the glass.
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After removal, you'll have to separate the components.
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Take your measurements. Note: This cut is actually curved!
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Cut the roof off the recipient.
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Do a test fit.
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Paint the freshly cut metal to prevent rust.
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Actually, paint all brackets and braces to prevent rust.
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I used PL Premium as a bonding agent on the "H" frame. It's not seen here but there was also silicone applied to any area's that might allow water penetration.
Here, the reinforcing header is glued and riveted prior to installing the "H" frame.
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"H" frame glued.
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"H" frame secured with Avinox rivets.
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This is a real easy conversion to do and it only took a few hours to get to this point. Minimal hand tools are required. I have the advantage here because I have an air-powered tool that allows me install 1/4" rivets easily.
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That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. More documentation, and yes, pictures to follow. I'll address the missing weather strip installation.


Final note:
- T-Tops looks are a matter or taste, I think C&C could have made the open frame (T-Tops off) look better. But still, it makes the Fiero look more interesting and adds to the cool factor.
- Resale value should be more then a non-T-Top Fiero. (That is if you ever plan on getting your invested money back).
- If you think T-Top, I say go for it!


Last edited by Lunatic on Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:35 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:20 pm 
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I'm planning to get my extra frame powdercoated before installing it into another car, I have a very good idea for making a set of T-Top seals but it would take a fair bit of work, next to no expense whatsoever, a little time, one day, lol. But basically using scrap, afterward it would be relatively easy to make multiple sets. I don't want to post the information on the internet but I will share in person.


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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:06 pm 
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NOTCH 8 wrote:
I'm planning to get my extra frame powdercoated before installing it into another car, I have a very good idea for making a set of T-Top seals but it would take a fair bit of work, next to no expense whatsoever, a little time, one day, lol. But basically using scrap, afterward it would be relatively easy to make multiple sets. I don't want to post the information on the internet but I will share in person.


We'll chat in person soon enough. We can then discuss the matter.


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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:41 pm 
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Lunatic wrote:
NOTCH 8 wrote:
I'm planning to get my extra frame powdercoated before installing it into another car, I have a very good idea for making a set of T-Top seals but it would take a fair bit of work, next to no expense whatsoever, a little time, one day, lol. But basically using scrap, afterward it would be relatively easy to make multiple sets. I don't want to post the information on the internet but I will share in person.


We'll chat in person soon enough. We can then discuss the matter.


Don't forget to invite me, got to keep this T-top club exclusive :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:32 am 
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x-thumpr-x wrote:
Don't forget to invite me, got to keep this T-top club exclusive :lol:


Don't worry Adam, we'll keep you in the loop. I look forward to seeing what Rob has to offer!


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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:52 am 
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Yesterday I dragged the T-Top roof section out of the basement to strip it down to the basic frame. Took me all day to remove all the rivets, need a bigger air compressor.

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 Post subject: Re: T-Top Installation.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:38 pm 
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Lunatic wrote:
- Resale value should be more then a non-T-Top Fiero. (That is if you ever plan on getting your invested money back).
- If you think T-Top, I say go for it!


Get my investment back??? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry, but I gave up on that a Loooooooong time ago :D


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