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Convertible boot problem

Postby 124Germ on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:05 pm

I have the boot for the convertible top (it came with the car) and I hope I have right one, but I can't seem to make is fit right. I see where the rubber bungies go in the back and down the sides, also where the ends snap onto the side panels, but I have this cable that runs along the back of the boot. I can't figure out where they hook into.

I have attached the pictures of the cable and a place where it could attach if it was longer, plus one of how the boot looks installed. I would be willing to remove the whole top permanently, but I guess I should have it for those "just in case" moments out.

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Thanks for any suggestions and help
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby mPedro08 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:29 pm

I've got three of those things but none of them have that cable in them.....
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby Jimb on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:50 pm

I believe the cable should be an elastic

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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby Danno on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:54 pm

If that cable is what's think it is, it belongs to the top, not the boot, and should basically run through what would be called the rain gutter on a hardtop (don't know what it's called on a ragtop) and connect to that little tab that you show a picture of. There should be one on each side.
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 124Germ on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:08 pm

Okay, so the cable isn't used. What holds the ends of the boot tight, other than the snaps? The boot seems really loose the way it's installed.
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby TX82FIAT on Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:46 pm

Do you have two C shaped metal inserts that go in the boot at the curve point. These inserts have a piece theat hols the boot to the chrome piece on the trunk. I wonder if the cable is a way the prior owner thred the chrome notches and hooked to something inside the car to keep tension ob the boot.
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 124Germ on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:14 pm

TX82FIAT wrote:Do you have two C shaped metal inserts that go in the boot at the curve point. These inserts have a piece theat hols the boot to the chrome piece on the trunk. I wonder if the cable is a way the prior owner thred the chrome notches and hooked to something inside the car to keep tension ob the boot.


I have the rubber bungy style things that hook onto the chrome pieces above the trunk and hook onto the studs on the inside panels. Is that what you were talking about?

I have no idea what keeps the boot tight and smooth, mine looks all loose and will flap around in the wind as I drive it around.

So , if I understand the proper installation of the boot is:
1. hook the straps on the back chrome hooks above the trunk
2. pull down the straps to the studs on the inside panels
3. snap the ends to the snap on the inside panel.

I guess I could have the wrong boot also, not sure what the correct one looks like installed. If anyone has some pictures of how yours in installed, that would help a lot.

Thanks
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 4uall on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:40 pm

I can take more photos at home if you would like

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Correct tie down method by itzebtze, on Flickr

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Correct tie down method by itzebtze, on Flickr
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby Danno on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:49 pm

Jay, I always wondered how those straps worked. Where do they attach below? I've never really NEEDED them, but would definitely use them if I knew how!!!
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 4uall on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:00 pm

they attach on the side covers( photos will follow tonight) plastic pieces
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 4uall on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:03 pm

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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby bobplyler on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:16 pm

I don't see any of the hooks in the top that hook to the trunk.
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 4uall on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:20 pm

03554 Rear Deck Hook, Chrome
:wink:
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby Danno on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:27 pm

bobplyler wrote:I don't see any of the hooks in the top that hook to the trunk.
http://www.international-auto.com/index.cfm?fa=p&pid=2445&posid=1263474

those hooks don't go in the top, they go in the boot.
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Re: Convertible boot problem

Postby 4uall on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:36 pm

I must have mis-understood the question :shock: :?
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