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Old 01-27-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default 1934 Ford Installing New Top Insert

I have 1934 5wd Coupe. I am getting ready to install vinyl insert in my coupe. Maybe I get some pointers for installing rubber in channel, vinyle insert, and steel trim piece. I never install one these insert so any information will be very helpful. Thanks.

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Haven't done it myself, but DavidG had recommended Juliano's as a source for kits and installation help. Keep us posted (preferably with pix) as to how you make out. Here's a link...

http://www.julianos.com/how2_top_kit.html
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #3
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Got my 34 roof kit from LeBaron Bonney came with easy to follow instructions. Pete/Ct
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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Installed mine from Julianos .After 10years no leaks ,easy to follow directions ,Some wind noise Lee34
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:18 AM   #5
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We fitted a Julianos to our original 32 3w . Lots of work as we didnt realise we had no original tack strip( If you dont have it you dont know its missing). So as Julianos is designed to pop rivet to the roof out side of the original channel,( this sure wasnt going to happen in our case) to fit a Julianos to the original channel means you need to fill the channel to roof height to get a level surface for the aluminium attachment strip.
So for a stock roof I think Le baron bonney would be a much better bet.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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Pete,

Sorry, it wasn't me that made that recommendation as my only (five-time) experience has been with the LeB/B kits.

As was appropriately stated above, the starting point is determining what, if anything, you are missing in the way of the original steel perimeter mouldings. They are not included in the LeB/B kit but they do sell them in straight sections made of aluminum. Mere mortals would be hard pressed to create the four quarter-round corners, but there is fellow in California who has the equipment and know-how to do it right.

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Old 01-29-2012, 02:13 PM   #7
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Sorry, it wasn't me that made that recommendation as my only (five-time) experience has been with the LeB/B kits.
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I stand corrected!! I went back and checked and it was Dick Spadaro who referenced the "Julianos" source. Here's the link to that thread...
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53594
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #8
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Question for lee34 (or anyone else)... What do you do to try & make it leak-proof? I installed a LB kit in my 34, and never made any attempt to seal it, as my primary interest was strictly cosmetic. But, it would be nice to seal it, too. (I used original tack-strip, and original steel top molding.) I was tempted to fill all the voids with black RTV - any opinions?
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.... Mere mortals would be hard pressed to create the four quarter-round corners, but there is fellow in California who has the equipment and know-how to do it right.
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Here's the guy Dave is mentioning, "Here's the information about the Oxnard, CA bender of reproduction top insert tack strips: Mark Mitchell of Mitchell Machine & Fabrication, (310) 649-7963, marksshop@la.twcbc.com."
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Bobh;I just used the material and went by the direction provided by Julianos .You also have to form the 4 corners plus the slight curves on the sides.At the time I installed the top this was all that i could find.I had no tack strip covers and with this kit none was needed.The biggest complaint is wind noise.I have owned this car over 51 years and the noise was not there with the original Henry or the first replacement. I think the noise comes from the protrusion of the retainer for the material . I do not show my car as original .if I did I would loose points because of top and other modifications But I have NO LEAKS.(yet) Lee34
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