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7/22/07 12:06pm - Original Message: 'top down or not?'
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Elma, WA - USA

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So what I am finding is there are times this summer when I leave the top down while its parked for a few days. I put a towel in the widow before I fold er down as to not blemish the plastic, (any more than it is).
 
But I have to wonder, is it bad to leave the top folded in the car for days? Or even over night?
Any feed back would be interesting.
 
And how bout someone sitting on the panel that folds over the top? We had er in a parade and someone sat there. Kind of drove me crazy but it seemed like it worked out.
 
Any exp with that?
 
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7/22/07 4:12pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Man I leave mine down all the time, don't know if it is good or not but hell it is what i do.  ifn the person does not crack the fiberglass i just don't see no harm.  

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7/22/07 10:12pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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I leave the top down almost all of the time.  I considered buying one of those pillows that goes in to protect the window but was told it was a waste of money.  I've never had any issues with the window.
 
I've wondered the same thing about that back "hatch."  I'm with Larry - if it doesn't crack, it's ok, but ya gotta wonder, what weight will crack it?Shocked


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7/22/07 10:42pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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I leave the top down on "The Toy" most of the time during the summer also.  I have a large towel that I roll up and place it in the fold of the window just for some piece of mind.  I do occasionally put the top up and latch it at the window and let the back dangle with the deck up.  But when in storage during the winter months it is fully connected so it gets stretched out again. Norsky2007-07-22 19:58:20

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7/23/07 12:27pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Just don't forget the sunscreen. 

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7/24/07 10:48am - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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what kind of moron would forget the sunscreen, really now.  NOTE TO SELF:
"self you have to apply the sunscreen, just packing it does no good"


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7/24/07 4:25pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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TOP DOWN ALWAYS!  ONLY GOOD LOOKING WOMAN SCANTILLY CLAD ARE ALLOW TO SIT ANYWHERE ON YOUR VETTE. GUYS GET THEIR TEETH KNOCKED OUT . LOL   HAVE FUN  AND ENJOY THE RIDE.

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7/26/07 9:46pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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Just don't forget the sunscreen.Rolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing[/QUOTE]     
I Guess we can consider this as an inside joke for those who made "the gathering" LOL Eh Mike ? I'm sorry, I hope it wasn't as painful as it looked Rocky.       


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7/27/07 5:22am - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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What is funny in my area is when you see the top down, windows up and the heat is on full blast cause it is only 50 degrees out.Rolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing

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7/27/07 6:52pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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I usually keep the top down all the time, and I too keep a towel in the fold.  Never have had any problems. 
 
Just don't put the top down while it's wet and leave it.  It could get moldy. 


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7/27/07 7:02pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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What about just taking the tops off and pulling the back window out and putting it in it's storage tray?  (Gotta get me on o' them coupe rag top rain coat thingys)
 
Oh,  you guys were talking about verts????


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7/27/07 8:43pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Thanks for all the reply's. I sure feel better bout leaving it down.
Yes a large towel rolled up in the window works great and falls right in the back when the top is lifted.
 
BTW, No guys will EVER sit on MY Vette.
 
But them scantly clad women will have to pass the wife test. (And thats a tough test to pass...)


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7/27/07 9:17pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Huntsville, AL - USA

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My top stays down during the summer. Late fall, winter, and spring I leave it up when in the garage. Not sure if it does any good, but I also put a towel in the fold when the top is down.
 
Now as far as someone sitting on the top - my rule is thatg only Jessica Alba can sit on the deck lid. There are two reasons for this. 1. Do I really have to say it? She's not ugly...Big%20smile 2. If the lid cracks, she can afford to fix it! Rolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing


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7/27/07 10:08pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Never was a "vert" person. Now you've got me rethinking that John.

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8/1/07 7:28pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Is there anything to apply to the canvas that helps it stay nice and soft?
 
How about getting the blemished look out of the window?
 
My top is in good shape cept for the back window...


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8/1/07 9:01pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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try using FLUTZ heard great things about it on the use of it on plastic windows, as far as the top i use the aerospace 303 i think that is what it is called, contact me and we can get together thinkin i have a small bottle in the garage some place.

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8/2/07 12:42am - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Elma, WA - USA

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Thanks Larry. What a great day it was for a drive today!
I am developing a exhaust leak though.
That stuff drives me nuts....


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8/5/07 3:41pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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Frederick County Corvette Club (Maryland) Tan 64 365 Hp Conv 4 sp Red 72 4 sp Conv ..running a '68 327 Blue 76 Coupe L 48 4 sp White 79 Coupe L 82 auto Silver 98 Conv, 6 sp 35th Anniv '88 vette

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During the Summer the Tops are DOWN in my 64 72 & 98 Verts, well at least
90 percent of the time as I have been know to drive in the rain and I'm almost bald...

Anyway The major problem with this is that the Vinyl Top itself can get wrinkles...not good for the looks of the car especially if you ocassionally show the darn thing... Solution is to put the top up and use a hair drier to stretch the wrinkles out...

As for the Towel... I have the pillow in one of the cars (who knows which one however ...I normally do not worry about protecting the "glass" BUT then again I only show my car in NON NCRS shows etc and therefore I do not have to show it with the Top UP...

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8/5/07 8:53pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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[QUOTE=jt's73] Is there anything to apply to the canvas that helps it stay nice and soft?
 

How about getting the blemished look out of the window?

 

My top is in good shape cept for the back window...
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I used Rag Top cleaner & sealer on my white top for the 01. It came highly recomended by other vert users. I purchased it at NCM when I was there in June. I suppose it will do a great job if the top ever gets wet..... Tuxblacray2007-08-05 17:54:11

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8/10/07 11:12pm - Reply: 'top down or not?'
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ClapClaphi guy,  had previous parade with our 442 convertible,, like you, drove me
 
crazy but no harm done!
 
i've seen tops left down for awhile but never during the cooler weather as
 
creases seem to develop.
 
enjoy the ride!
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