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7/5/15 2:57pm - Original Message: 'Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Like start sanding the car so you can shoot primer on it 4 days before the gathering.  All would have been fine if, during the sanding process I didn't discover how truly awful this body happens to be, the car, not mine. Although mine is in rough shape as well.  Passenger side was hit at some point in its life.  I'll have to have that fixed by a pro.  I sanded a small portion at the top of the door jam in back and made a nice dime sized hole. 

I also had the t-top lock plate backer, that would be the part that the screws that hold the plate to the body fall into the neverland.  Haven't tried to fish it out yet, anyone have any ideas? 


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7/5/15 5:04pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Since you need body work done, how about we just roll it over on it's roof and the parts should fall out onto the ground. LOLLOLLOL

Try a telescoping magnet to fish the parts out.


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7/5/15 9:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Take the rear quarter panel trim out, and you should be able to retrieve that stoopid plate. 

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7/5/15 9:28pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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I bet a gaggle of owners standing in a hotel parking lot can figure it out.  Bring a screw driver and some duct tape and beer for the winner!   Smile

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7/6/15 9:02am - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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After thinking about it, why do I need to put it back in, I just let my t-tops "fly free" anyway.

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7/6/15 11:36am - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Adams' Apple said: Take the rear quarter panel trim out, and you should be able to retrieve that stoopid plate. 



+1 on Joel's response. Been there, done that. Remove the quarter panel plastic interior trim and pull back the carpet. It should be down in the bottom. Won't be at the gathering, but certainly hope all you guys (and gals) have a great time !!

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7/6/15 11:36am - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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johnu said:  Bring some... duct tape

That's what the duct tape is for, Dave....LOL



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7/6/15 2:35pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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dads2vette said: After thinking about it, why do I need to put it back in, I just let my t-tops "fly free" anyway.


I really like that idea. Easier than rolling your car over on its roof. 

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7/6/15 9:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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dads2vette said: After thinking about it, why do I need to put it back in, I just let my t-tops "fly free" anyway.



Use the extra duct tape on them!

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7/7/15 6:49am - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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johnu said:
Use the extra duct tape on them!


Extra implies that I could have too much duct tape. You can never have too much duct tape.

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7/8/15 8:21am - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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The farther and farther I got into the initial sanding the more apparent it became that this is not going to be a quick 20 ft primer job. Major repairs discovered. So I shot it with primer so it looks ok flying past at about 30 if you have bad eyesight and are blindfolded. This AM I started putting it back together.  This was a bad idea!  After my move I'll get a better handle in what the body needs and have a pro do the job, way too much for this hack.

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10/19/15 5:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Sometimes you do something dumb'
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Milwaukie, OR - USA

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'78 Silver Anniversary T Top coupe,58k orig miles. THM350 auto, 350 L48, JBM headers,Oyster White interior,.as of Nov '15 in process of painting.

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The T Top lock plate(rear) backer can be recovered by LOOSENING the interior vinyl trim piece where the seat belt/retractor go thru..Six black phillips head screws ARE REMOVED..and the trim is moved downward and toward the interior a bit so you can see behind it easily..Then you'll probably find the steel backer inside the area right above the rear of the door jamb..
Reinstall the T Top rear plate and check the fit..Don't forget to put a thin layer of the 3M double sided tape between backer plate & body for water-sealing.. 
IF the T Top fit is good and snug..and if all is well, resecure the interior curved vinyl trim..Adjustment of the snugness of the T Top is simply done by screwing the threaded lock down knob in the front in or out to loosen or tighten..It's on the open-close lever mechanism..Jim


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