1966 Mustang

Tools Needed to Install a Convertible Top

Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:53 pm
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There are a few obvious tools like a staple gun but here is what we used.

  • heavy duty staple gun
  • 12.2 volt lithium ion battery staple gun
  • Scratch Awl
  • Masking Tape
  • 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" staples
  • clamps (at least 4)
  • portable drill/screw driver
  • various sizes of screw drivers, philips and regular
  • measuring tape/stick
  • marker/chalk
  • ropes/bungee cords
  • digital camera/video
  • someone to help hold things

Staple Guns

The first problem we had was that we were not working in a garage. So we had no power and therefore could not use an electric staple gun or air compressor. When you are working in a parking lot you need to accept that compromise is coming.

We already had a heavy duty stapler but we thought we needed something better. So we found a pretty heavy duty lithium ion stapler at Home Depot. It could handle all the staples we needed to use and it recharged in about an hour.

This was about $100, after using it for some of the simpler tasks we ended up taking it back. Our old stapler worked just fine.

Other Important Tools...

Probably the tool we needed the most was the scratch awl. Whether you needed to find a hole for the top pads or the 30 holes for the well-liner you absolutely need an awl.

Another great tool to have is the measuring stick we had. It is a lot easier to use to measure the bow distances than a tape measure.

The camera is very important too. Take a lot of photos, particularly when you are dismantling your old top. Get photos of all the joints, rear bow, front bow, including the weatherstripping.

Unless you are a professional, and have installed many tops I don't think you can consider this a one-man-job. You really need someone to help, and it is always good to have someone to yell at.

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