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Old 07-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

I have to replace the top on the car and the guy that I got the car from had a brand new top still in the box. He gave it to me just wondering should I install it or should I get a pro to do it. Has anyone done it and how hard is it. Thanks
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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i have done it. it is pretty hard. but with some patience, anyone can do it. my local shop quoted me 800$ just for labor. so i went for it. i think if you can get it don at a shop for a reasonable price i would let them do it. i just dont see it worth 800$.

if you are gonna do it i recommend an air stapler. i picked one up at menards for 25$ and it came with all the different size staples i needed.

i also recommend buying the 20$ how to dvd that late model restoration sells.mand i would also watch it through 2 times before doing it so you understand well. after i watched it it, i set up a tv in the garage and used it for reference as i installed.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

I talked to the local place today and the labor starts at 400 and goes up from there. So I think I am going to try it myself. Some one said I should join a local Mustang club and see if they could help with installing the top. Does anyone know of any clubs in the syracuse NY area? thanks
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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no matter if someone helps you or not, buy the dvd. they install the whole top in the video with step by step instructions. i would even by it first to help you decide you want to do it for sure.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

Do you have a link to the DVD that you have suggested? I agree I will watch the DVD and keep reserching this as this would be a good project while the car is in the grage for the winter. Thanks
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:39 PM   #6
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http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...stallation-Dvd

if i knew where mine was i would sell it to you cheap. but im not sure off hand. its been about 1 1/2 years since i did mine.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

Thanks I will order one up.
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No problem. The video is kinda low budget. But it is essential for a diy'rr to install a top. The one paragraph instructions that come with a top don't give you even 5% of the info you need.
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i think you can find the step-by-step process online man, i think ive seen it before but try to google it, you may get lucky
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i think you can find the step-by-step process online man, i think ive seen it before but try to google it, you may get lucky
I googled extensively when I did mine. And nothing online even comes close to comparing to the DVD. Well worth the $$$
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ill tryt to look for it, one of the guys in the other forums did the step-by-step not to long ago, it was really good, just throwing it out here, but i know the dvd would be a lot better, just trying to save you sum $$$
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ill tryt to look for it, one of the guys in the other forums did the step-by-step not to long ago, it was really good, just throwing it out here, but i know the dvd would be a lot better, just trying to save you sum $$$
i understand. but this job is pretty advanced. so i wouldnt skimp. i would read online and watch the video. most normal restoration shops wont even do it.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:53 AM   #13
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

I have ordered the dvd and I have not found any step by step instructions on the net for the top. So now I am working on the top's hydrylic hoses and the motor now. Is it common there is very little how to on the net for convertible's I have not retored a car in 25 years and things are real different now I am having trouble finding a chilton shop manual. Thanks
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There is a good how to on the whole top mechanism somewhere. I am work now, but I will see if I can find it later. Trojan horse posted it about a month or two ago on here. Maybe you can search the forums and find the link in a thread.
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

Thanks I will look on the forum as well
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I had a quick minute. It's actually a book I was thinking of that you have to purchase. Sorry but here it is.

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...Top-Guide-Book
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Your welcome. I would check amazon for a chilton. Hilton's are better imo but local auto parts store will probably carry a Haynes.
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

Haynes is what we have in the local stores. I have ordered the book as as well as the dvd and will look at the hiltons book next. Thanks
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good between the dvd and books you should be good to go.
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Re: I have just purchased a 1987 Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible

Thanks for all your help
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