Cruising season is more than a six-month proposition in many corners of the country. For some convertible owners, thats a godsend. Theyd rather have their car be seen with the top down because the cloth itself is in very bad shape.
Its something that no self-respecting convertible owner should tolerate for long. Its a fact that these convertible tops do not last forever. Theyre subjected to the elements (in many cases). Even sun can have a detrimental effect on a convertible top. Replacement is your only option.
Doug White of Clermont, Florida, acquired a 66 Fairlane convertible. This car is his joy-riding car, and he takes great pride in it. The top hadnt been replaced in nearly two decades. It was time.
Rick Stevens at Convertible Pro took on the challenge. His busy shop in Winter Park, Florida, has developed a reputation for quality work, so we were fortunate to get Dougs car in on a Monday morning. With the help of the folks at Hydro-E-Lectric, Doug drove off that day with a shiny black top on his white 66.
The mechanism was fine on this car, so the cloth was the only replacement necessary.
EPILOGUE This project took seven hours, as Rick worked nonstop through his lunch hour. The car came into the shop at 8 a.m. and left at 3 p.m.