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This is a discussion on New Top Time within the Convertible forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Greetings All, Newbie to the forums here. My 2001 Z28 is in need of a new top (camel). Any suggestions ...

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    Greetings All,

    Newbie to the forums here. My 2001 Z28 is in need of a new top (camel). Any suggestions on make, etc. Are some brands better than others, some to stay away from? Also an idea of price to install the top?

    TIA

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    the cheapest i could find on top installation in my area was 230...most 500...when someone slashed my top to steal shit from my car ...i was furious..but thats life..

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    ....new top

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    ....hehe sorry for the irrevalent story..but yeah..i bought the top off a shop on ebay for i think 250...don't go plastic...like the ones on the mustangs.....oh at the time i don't have pictures of it with the new top..but once i get to it ill post up...oh and don't pay cheap for the installation...get a decent installer...

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    I don't even lock mine for that reason. But I have a stock system and don't leave anything in there. I am working on a weld in lock box to be able to store my piece when going into banks, casinos, ect.

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    many people have told me to do that..after this shit happened

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    leaving car unlocked will give you a ticket... leaving windows open and top down will not give you a ticket.
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    buy stayfast canvas

    I just replaced mine in October. I purchased the Stayfast Canvas top. Top, new rear window, installed was $1100.00

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    rear window was fucked or what?

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    yes, it was falling out. the top was ok, but i decided to do them both.

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    hey did it come originally with the tan top?? read somewhere thats a rare find

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35thAnniZ28 View Post
    hey did it come originally with the tan top?? read somewhere thats a rare find
    Yes, it was tan top & interior. I like it tan, but I sometimes wonder if I should have got it in black. I kinda wanted to keep it original looking. I was really wanting a white on white, with tan interior, but when you are buying used, you cannot be picky.

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    When my tan top goes, I plan to go to a black top, wont be long, maybe a few years. I have been watching a few forums on top replacement and no one has been brave enough to do the work them selves. Must be a real PITA.

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    Thanks for all the replies

    All,

    Thanks for the replies, I am still looking, I do have a quote for the top replacement at $1400. Also does that usually include the headliner, and what about the cables? Chevy1966, that is the same color as my top and interior also. Interesting that it's considered rare, is that only for the red cars? Mine has the dark blue exterior...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zguy2001 View Post
    All,

    Thanks for the replies, I am still looking, I do have a quote for the top replacement at $1400. Also does that usually include the headliner, and what about the cables? Chevy1966, that is the same color as my top and interior also. Interesting that it's considered rare, is that only for the red cars? Mine has the dark blue exterior...
    Mine did not include the headliner or cables. They were both in excellent shape. I did not know they were considered rare either. I had a friend who owned a sebring silver ss, with ebony leather, and it had a white convertible top. They said it was really rare, but I personally did like the color combo.

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    Sorry to hear about all the misfortune. I have 2 convertable 4th gens and believe that has to be the only drawback,,,they are easy targets for thieves. I won't leave mine parked anywhere I cannot keep an eye on it. I have a beater for that.

    On a brighter note,,,One of mine has a tan top,,,the other is a black top. I like the looks of both but I have to admit,,,that tan top really makes the car pop out. I don't see many tan top cars at all in any body color. It's what attracted me to this car years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy1966 View Post
    yes, it was falling out. the top was ok, but i decided to do them both.
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    What do you mean the rear window was falling out? My 02 SS vert had this problem. The rear window was removed and resealed. Top is in perfect condition though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    What do you mean the rear window was falling out? My 02 SS vert had this problem. The rear window was removed and resealed. Top is in perfect condition though.
    the material around the glass was separating.

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    some stupid black glue bullshit right?

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    I hear thats not a big deal, guys on ls1tech talked about fixxing theirs...fwiw.

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    When he says material I am thinking of the actual fabric tearing apart around the window,,,,at least that is my guess,,,,because when my back window came loose it was actually the black window adhesive that creates the seal and holds the window still that was loose on mine,,,,so I simply glued it back in with the proper window weatherstripping adheasive. There was no need for a new top in my case,,,but in his case it sounds like top replacement was necessary.

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    You are correct in that assumption. Right after I purchased car it started tearing a little at a time. I figured I would just replace rear window, but because the top was already 8 years old the colors did not match. So I bit the bullit and rerplaced it all.

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