Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 1, 2000

Some people have more skills than others, and that's why we have friends and a list of favors to swap. This comes from the age-old bartering system. You remember that from grade school, right? You know, the "I'll trade you three chickens for a new wagon wheel" type of stuff. But today, it is more along the lines of "I'll help you wire your garage for 220 if you reupholster my seats."

Some skills we can easily show you right here in the pages of this magazine. Learning to overhaul a set of brakes or rebuilding an alternator are fairly basic tasks that need little hand-holding and a good set of instructions. Other skills such as painting a car or installing a new ring-and-pinion gearset take time and patience to master.

So why do we show operations such as ring-and-pinion replacement, or in this case, the replacement of a vintage convertible top? You see, sometimes a person simply needs a little push to get him going on a task. Some like the challenge, while others want to complete the repair or upgrade themselves, but simply need some guidance as to the correct parts and proper installation. Those times where we got stuck and were hit by a "gotcha" will help you work around them.

Replacing a convertible top takes time and patience to complete and you still may end up taking your vintage Mustang to a convertible top specialist for replacement. At least after reading this how-to article, you will know exactly what they are going to do to your prized four-wheel friend when you drop it off. Mr. Autocraft in Bartow, Florida, helped us by installing a new top, top pads, and a rear window in a '65 Mustang. The top, pad kit, and rear window-as well as the '65 Mustang-came to us on loan from Classic Creations of Central Florida.

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