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Old 02-23-2014, 01:23 AM   #1
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So I finally found the right part to replace my convertivle top. I was going to try and do it myself to avoid a $90/hour repair bill. I found one guide online and it said 8-12 hour home installation time... Is there a faster way, or should I suck it up and have them do it?

I'm replacing the top, rear window curtain and glass, and both cylinders.
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Hey guys,

So I finally found the right part to replace my convertivle top. I was going to try and do it myself to avoid a $90/hour repair bill. I found one guide online and it said 8-12 hour home installation time... Is there a faster way, or should I suck it up and have them do it?

I'm replacing the top, rear window curtain and glass, and both cylinders.
Suck it up and pay the note. I paid $300 including install for just the top not including everything else you just mentioned. There's staples and having to put the top up and down a lot.
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Suck it up and pay the note. I paid $300 including install for just the top not including everything else you just mentioned. There's staples and having to put the top up and down a lot.

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I would rather just pay to have someone do a convertible top. If you end up ruining something or it doesn't look or work right when you are done, you've just wasted that money and will be paying someone else to do it all over again.
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That's what I was kind of thinking, I just wasn't sure if there was a semi easy way to do it
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No easy way. See if you can stick around during install and lend a hand/learn. Some shops won't mind.

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Does anyone know of any repair shops in the Denver metro area? I could only find the one guy at 90$/hour
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Does anyone know of any repair shops in the Denver metro area? I could only find the one guy at 90$/hour

Can't you find someone to just give you a set price for the job and not charge you by the hour?
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That's literally the only guy I could find
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That's literally the only guy I could find

Maybe you need to talk to a classic auto restoration shop and see who they recommend. They aren't going to send classic cars they are restoring out to someone who is going to do a bad job. I just did a quick search and it looks like there are quite a few convertible top places listed around your area, so there has to be some choices. But make sure you go to one with a good reputation.
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Well I found that guy through a local maserati dealer but I'll see if I can't find some on Google or something
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DIY, learn something new, save $hundreds, make sure its done right the first time. Vert tops are a ***** but nothing someone with mechanical experience can't handle.
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I would just do, but I have done it before. Its more that an 8-12 hour install tho. Chalk up a whole weekend to do it and do it correctly. Its not an easy install but if you pay close attention to the removal and read the instructions a few times you can do it. It will save you a lot of money also.
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