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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 28, 2013 09:19AM

Looks like you just missed one.

[www.mgexp.com]

He mentions that he may have more leads.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 28, 2013 10:02AM

Actually I saw that one but $950 was out of my range...[www.mgexp.com]. It was definitely a beautiful one though. I have reached out to him to see if he has other leads.

I'm still thinking new seals for the Snugtop while I'm looking. Not sure if I should sand and paint it or just clean it up - not sure if resale value is better with the original finish vs. gloss black. What would you think?


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: September 28, 2013 11:09AM

Seem to be two schools of thought on tops, basically those who hate the Parrish Plastics design and those who love it. I fall into the later group but it is not without a few issues. Still I feel it compliments the looks of the car better than any other top out there. To me the Snugline comes in second in appearance and while the factory tops might perhaps be the best in terms of quality to me they are pretty ugly. Some will say just the opposite of course so it's purely a matter of personal taste and you should get what you like the best.

Of course mine has sat on the shelf for years. Oddly enough I think the car is actually quieter with the soft top up. That might change the next time it gets painted and relined.

Jim


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
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11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: September 28, 2013 11:47AM

Rob, I'd do what was minimally necessary to make the top functional and leave the vinyl. Don't think you'd get any more (or less) out of it for the effort of stripping, filling, sanding, and painting.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3840 posts)

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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 28, 2013 12:21PM

I have no idea, Rob. I probably wouldn't put a lot into it. Then again, I've had my B for 26 years & never considered buying a hard top for it.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5880 posts)

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10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: September 29, 2013 11:30AM

I wouldn't put a lot into it either to start with. I think I spent less than a hundred to have mine painted and then a bit more for new plexiglass and seals but the 'glass had to be trimmed to fit and the rear seal was less than perfect. Running it for awhile as-is will give you a chance to identify the issues you want to fix and decide just how much you like it. Then it doesn't cost you much if you want to try a different top. It's irritating to spend money on it and then find you need to do a repair that will require a respray.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 29, 2013 03:58PM

Thanks. I think I'm going to take the advice and do minimal work which is to replace the base seal, rear window seal, and the door window seals. I've found a match for the rear glass (and side glass in the top too) and have a few options for the base. The door window openings are a bit tougher because thy have to be able to hold up to the friction of the windows going up and down. Hard rubber seals will need to be just the right fit. Sponge (closed cell) rubber seals could be less exact but am thinking they'd wear/tear pretty easily.

Would any of you with a hardtop post pics of the seal your top uses for the door glass? Thinking that may help me find something that will work.



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5880 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: What do you think?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: September 29, 2013 04:46PM

Rob, I think mine uses a bulb type (hollow) foam seal and it had held up just fine.

Jim


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2020 posts)

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02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: What do you think?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: September 29, 2013 06:11PM

On the Sunbeam board, they used Ford Explorer upper door seals for a Parrish top.
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