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    A friend of mine has the opportunity to buy at a reasonable price, a N.O.S. convertible top for his Lark convertible. He does not wish to have it installed right away, as the present top on his car is still serviceable. He wonders what may be the best way to store the N.O.S. top, to preserve it best...any particular way to fold, keep in the (heated) house as opposed to garage, etc. Any ideas? He doesn't check in here too often; I told him I'd post and get back to him.

    Thanks!

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    (formerly Greenville, PA)
    Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
    All are in Australia now

  • #2
    First, I hope it's a lot cheaper then a new production top and includes a rear window. If 40 years of storage have not killed it, a few more won't hurt. If he does not have the rear window, it's unlikely that a new production window will fit, if he does, I'd bet it has permanent wrinkles by now. There is nothing special about a NOS top compared to a modern one.

    64 Commander-64 Daytona
    64 GT R2 clone-63 GT R2
    63 Avanti R1
    63 Daytona convert-63
    63 Lark 2 door
    62 Lark 2 door
    60 Lark HT-60Hawk
    59 3E truck
    52 & 53 Starliner
    51 Commander

    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      First, I hope it's a lot cheaper then a new production top and includes a rear window. If 40 years of storage have not killed it, a few more won't hurt. If he does not have the rear window, it's unlikely that a new production window will fit, if he does, I'd bet it has permanent wrinkles by now. There is nothing special about a NOS top compared to a modern one.

      64 Commander-64 Daytona
      64 GT R2 clone-63 GT R2
      63 Avanti R1
      63 Daytona convert-63
      63 Lark 2 door
      62 Lark 2 door
      60 Lark HT-60Hawk
      59 3E truck
      52 & 53 Starliner
      51 Commander

      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        what JDP said.. plus,I'd keep it warm and dry and away from mice. I'm worried about my headliner I bought 2 yrs ago-still in the box,on top my pool table.oh well..

        LaSalle,Il
        61Hawk
        Oglesby,Il.

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        • #5
          what JDP said.. plus,I'd keep it warm and dry and away from mice. I'm worried about my headliner I bought 2 yrs ago-still in the box,on top my pool table.oh well..

          LaSalle,Il
          61Hawk
          Oglesby,Il.

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          • #6
            What those guys said, Bill. I can't think of any good reason to buy and try to install an NOS, 40-year-old top. The probability of it surviving the stretching and manipulation needed to properly install it is slim.

            However, on the bright side, [8D] it might make a good conversation piece if you could somehow design a framework to make it an awning/sun shade to sit under at car shows! BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #7
              What those guys said, Bill. I can't think of any good reason to buy and try to install an NOS, 40-year-old top. The probability of it surviving the stretching and manipulation needed to properly install it is slim.

              However, on the bright side, [8D] it might make a good conversation piece if you could somehow design a framework to make it an awning/sun shade to sit under at car shows! BP
              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

              Ayn Rand:
              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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              • #8
                Thank you guys, I'll make sure he sees everyone's opinions.

                Bill Pressler
                Bill Pressler
                Kent, OH
                (formerly Greenville, PA)
                Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                All are in Australia now

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                • #9
                  Thank you guys, I'll make sure he sees everyone's opinions.

                  Bill Pressler
                  Bill Pressler
                  Kent, OH
                  (formerly Greenville, PA)
                  Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                  Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                  1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                  1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                  All are in Australia now

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                  • #10
                    I just had a top put on my car. It was bought from SI about two years ago and hadn't been taken from the box. It was badly wrinkled and the installer had a hard time stretching it. FWIW.


                    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                    Museum R-4 engine
                    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                    • #11
                      I just had a top put on my car. It was bought from SI about two years ago and hadn't been taken from the box. It was badly wrinkled and the installer had a hard time stretching it. FWIW.


                      [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                      '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                      '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                      '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                      Museum R-4 engine
                      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                      '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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