55-57 Hardtop issues

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Daves1955TBird
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55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by Daves1955TBird » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:21 pm

I have a early 1955 Bird, Black. I have owned the car since 1976 and the hardtop installation is always a problem. Is there adjustment in the rear attachment pins spacing or do I have to spread the chrome 2 hole receptacles bolted to the body? When I install the top one pin lines up but the other hits the receptacle making it a pain to install evenly down onto the body. I store it mostly in summer and use the rag top instead. My Ford manual doesn't go into detail about adjustments. Help and suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: 55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by Joe Johnston » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:15 am

The 2 deck mounting plates can be moved to proper position. Its a bit of trial and error to get them in the proper distance apart, the top fitting the door windows and the plates angled the same for cosmetics.
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Re: 55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by Daves1955TBird » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:21 am

Thanks, thought maybe the top & its posts had an adjustment I couldn't see. I will move them wider.

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Re: 55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by adg57 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:03 am

After you adjust the plates on the rear deck, suggest checking the front and side latches for fitment before tightening the back plates.
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Re: 55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by DynoDan’55 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:21 pm

Plate adjustment is usually a compromise, since if set to fit hardtop pins exactly, then the soft top typically won’t fit unless the plates are angled just right. A lot of trial & error swapping tops is likely before final tightening is correct.

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Re: 55-57 Hardtop issues

Post by Daves1955TBird » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:23 pm

Thanks Dyno Dan, I hadn't considered the rap top fit and as you stated on-off-on-off-on and now with a little bump on the passenger side (hardtop) they both settle right in and alignment is perfect. Again thanks all.

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