Is the fabric top on a convertible car as safe as a convertible hardtop?
No. Because the material is lighter and not as heavy as the hard top, so if there is a bad storm or you are traveling at high speeds, the wind will get under the canvas hood and pull it up removing the hood from the car.
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Ok Here is the deal, after making 100's of calls and asking service centers and "professional convertivle repair shops" no one seems to have the answer (or pro's don't want to… tell) I tried several adhesives without any luck, and finally something worked 100% and cures in less than five minutes, best of all is inexpensive and it's available at wally world or any hooby or arts and crafts store..........................what is it? !!A HOT GLUE GUN!!.... it bonds glass to canvas, cloth or whatever you want to call the convertible top material like crazy, clean up you may ask? just use a hot air gun and it cleans in an instant I fixed my 1998 corvette soft top for under 20 bucks, I hope this works for you as it worked for me!..........................Joel AKA..MEXSAT ANSWER Have a '03 Corvette Convertible and did the following: 1.Clean surface, unlock the top and place a 2" spacer to relieve stress on window interface. 2.Apply thin coat of 3M Glass Primer [08682 or 08681] to the glass area to be glued -10 min dry time. 3.Apply 3/16" bead of 3M Windo-Weld adhesive 10.5 oz tube  over primer - Press the surface of the top around the window to provide a good contact and extrude excess adhesive. 4.Prop up the window from inside the car to provide good contact between the glass and top - this is important. I also placed some duct tape in a few locations at the window top interface to assist in holding the top to glass. Cover top to protect from rain - leave top unlocked with spacer. 5. I let it cure for 3 days because of my outdoor weather conditions, but the curing conditions [Temp/RH] can be found on the 3M Web Site. 6. Carefully clean excess adhesive with razor blade. 7. Cost about $25. Materials can be ordered online or at a body shop supplies retailer.. A different solution:. Not sure if this will improve the answer or not, but I used Goop ($3 at Wal Mart) to reattach the glass window to where the heat seal failed on the canvas top and so far it's holding great.
The Fiero Store (www.fierostore.com) has a picture of a red Fiero notchback that appears in it's picture cycles that is a hardtop convertible. You might have to hit refresh a …few times but it does appear in the middle picture as they cycle through. It could be done just like any other convertible conversion on a Fiero. The underside of the body would have to be braced first, as if the frame is cut in any manner without the bracing and the drivetrain is still in the body the chassis will flex. As the rear clip is easily removable, it would just be a matter of combining the upper portion of the fiberglass roof, the rear window, and the upper portion of the rear clip into a latchable unit that could be removed from the inside. Latches could be obtained from any common convertible in a salvage yard (Sebring, LeBaron, etc.) Any way it goes it would require significant work. Source: Have owned four Fieros over ten years.
\nPossible? Yes. If you have enough money, I am sure someone can do it.
Ok Here is the deal, after making 100's of calls and asking service centers and "professional convertivle repair shops" no one seems to have the answer (or pro's don't want to… tell) I tried several adhesives without any luck, and finally something worked 100% and cures in less than five minutes, best of all is inexpensive and it's available at wally world or any hooby or arts and crafts store...what is it? A HOT GLUE GUN!!... it bonds glass to canvas, cloth or whatever you want to call the convertible top material like crazy, clean up you may ask? just use a hot air gun and it cleans in an instant I fixed my 1998 corvette soft top for under 20 bucks, I hope this works for you as it worked for me! Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_glue_a_glass_rear_window_to_a_convertible_fabric_top#ixzz1DeZFE6ee
I would use 100% clear silicone.
Depends on the car, on some cars you can buy a hard top, but i think you can always custom make one, which will come with a scary price.
The 1957, 58 and 59 Fords were available with a convertible hardtop.
Ford made a hardtop convertible in 1957, 58 and 59.
No, the convertible model has a soft top only.
no, i have a 2000 Chrysler sebring jxi convertible and there are no hard tops available for it, i have looked. It does stay very warm in winter though if you're worried about …that, you just need to let it warm up for a few minutes first.
nope concertibles that they make these days are as good as hardtop if it has soft top it might get colder faster but it will stay as cold as hardtop overnight at same temp. Th…ey heat up as fast as hardtops but no they are not any noisier then regular vehicles.
The safety rating on a hardtop convertible is actually much better than that of the safety rating on a ragtop. The hardtop safety is comparable to that of the solid top standa…rd vehicle.
lincoln made a 4 door convertible in the 60's but I don't think anyone mads a 4 dr. hardtop convertible.
"Yes, hardtop convertibles are more expensive than soft tops. But they have some safety issues that make them safer than soft tops.You do lose some trunk space with the automa…tic models."
The hardtop convertible has become very popular in recent years and a number of car manufacturers offer models with this feature.Mercedes, BMW, Peugeot, Vauxhall and Ford all …offer hardtop convertible models.
Many kinds of cars are compatible with convertible tops but mainly they are sports cars, luxury cars and jeeps. Pretty much any cars can be converted into one with a converti…ble top.