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  • Preventing Hard Top Bushing Rings On Rear Deck

    Last fall I applied Static Cling Car Sticker material to the rear deck below the bushings of the hard top. Today removed the hard top and the cling material and the paint was undisturbed.
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    1974 TR6 CF19837U

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    According to the hard top instruction manual, the rear bolts should be adjusted to provide a .100" gap between the rubber buffers and the deck.
    Berry

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    • #3
      Yes. Good insurance option, but the HT is supposed to float/gap from the deck
      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
      Redlines always.
      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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      • #4
        I was concerned about the bumpers hitting the paint, but they never did. I have plenty of room. I wonder if you are missing the rear seal.

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        • #5
          Interesting. My hardtop touches the paint but perhaps I'm just tightening the bolts too much. I'll keep that in mind when fall comes around.
          73 TR6
          Libertyville, IL
          My TR6

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          • #6
            Originally posted by phil73 View Post
            Interesting. My hardtop touches the paint but perhaps I'm just tightening the bolts too much. I'll keep that in mind when fall comes around.
            One side of my hard top buffer does touch the paint and the other side has a .008 (feeler gauge) gap. I actually tried to close the side with the gap thinking the rubber was supposed to touch the deck area. Having driven cars with wind in the face since 1952 I've had enough, so this top has only been removed once in 5 years. The one time I did remove the top after having driven it for about year showed no sign of paint scuffing. Don't know or care if this was from the harder acrylic enamel paint applied 20 years ago or not. I like the looks of the hard top as it sits.

            Dick

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            • #7
              i have some damage from that ring - learned some of this too late, but glad others are catching this - and I can remember thinking - i need to adjust these so they touch! Thanks for posting, leadfoot.

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