Before you can install a new top, bow positioning must be spot-on to achieve proper top te
If you're stripping down a convertible top, we suggest measuring top bow dimensions to see how they compare with ours. What matters most is a top that will fit perfectly when it's time for installation. There are specified distances you need to have between top bows for good fit and function. These measurements aren't center-to-center, but from trailing edge to leading edge. Here's how measurements stack up.
No. 1 bow to No. 2 bow: 16 1/2 inches
No. 2 bow to No. 3 bow: 16 3/4 inches
No. 3 bow to No. 4 bow: 15 1/2 inches
No. 4 bow to stainless molding: 20 1/2 inches
No. 4 bow to drain trough: 22 1/2 inches
If you examine your '65-'73 Ford Shop Manual, you can fabricate a bow locating gauge from plywood, which will enable you to position bows to factory specifications.
Top adjustment isn't all that difficult according to Richard Smykay. There are five ways to adjust the top mechanism:Bow No. 2 up/down adjustment
Side rail camber eccentric at balance link
Side rail camber set screw at hinge
Header to side rail adjustment (fore and aft length adjustment)
Frame bracket to body bolts (side to side adjustment)
* Information courtesy Richard Smykay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aside from the convertible top frame, stay pads are the backbone of your Mustang's convert
Stay pads are positioned, trimmed, and installed. Each side is attached first at the heade
Holes are punched for attachment screws at the No. 1 bow to anchor the stay pad. Attach he
Sail pads are next. They attach at the stay pad (No. 4 bow) and at the top well. When the
The bifolding rear window panel is prepared next. Note the special care Mustang Country sh
The rear window panel is positioned and installed next. It must first be anchored to the b
From this perspective, you can see the rear window panel and top well material being attac
The rear window panel is stapled to the No. 4 bow. Again, use minimal staples because you'
For '65-'68 Mustangs, the distance from stainless to window is 41/2 inches.
To work out wrinkles, be prepared to use a heat gun as you go. Don't get too close to the
Convertible top material attaches at the top-well hold-down. This should happen when you i