Tuesday, March 8, 2011

how to install vinyl top on vw rabbit 1984 model and how to remove old convertible top?





FIRST HOW TO REMOVE ORIGINAL TOP:----



REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




See Figures 1 and 2

Removing and installing the convertible top from the frame requires special tools and adhesives, and also requires cutting the top fabric. The job is best left to a well equipped body shop with convertible top experience. The procedure described here is for removing the top and frame together as an assembly. Installation requires two people.

  1. Open the top to release the tension, but don't fold it back yet.
  2. Bend open the metal tabs under the luggage compartment lining and pull the headliner off the tabs.



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Fig. Fig. 1: The convertible top frame can be removed with the cover still attached

  1. Pull the rear window defogger wiring out of the window seal.
  2. Remove the window frame hinges and pull the cover off.
  3. Remove the trim pieces at the rear corner of the rear windows.
  4. On manual tops, remove the bolt to release the tension on the gas pressurized strut. Remove the clip at the other end and remove the strut.
  5. If equipped with a power top, disconnect the cylinder from the top frame.
  6. Disconnect the tensioning wire from its anchor on each side. A 4mm open end wrench can be used to prevent the wire from twisting.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Cross-sectional view of how the top cover is fastened to the body

  1. Peel the top cover and tensioning wire out of the channels on the sides, then out of the rear channel.
  2. Remove the headliner at the rear corners and remove the belt fastening bracket.
  3. Remove the trim pieces covering the main bearing hinge. Remove the three bolts on each side and remove the top as an assembly.

To install:
  1. Fit the top into place and start all the main bearing hinge bolts. When they are all started, tighten them.
  2. Attach the belt at the rear corners.
  3. Secure the tensioning wire to the anchors at each side and have a helper and top cover into the channel with a wooden drift.
  4. Carefully align the beading and drive that into place with the drift.
  5. Install the gas strut and try closing the top to make sure it fits properly and operates smoothly.
  6. Install the rear window frame.
  7. Attach the headliner and install the remaining trim pieces.

MOTOR REPLACEMENT



The top can be operated by hand, if necessary, by opening the valve on the pump. Turn the valve counterclockwise until it stops.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Unclip and remove the left side luggage trim panel.
  3. Disconnect the motor wiring.
  4. Loosen the filler plug to relieve the pressure. Have a rag handy to catch any fluid that may spill.
  5. Disconnect the hydraulic fittings that are accessible. Make sure the fittings are clean before disconnecting them and cover them with plastic or paper to keep dirt out. Do not use rags because the lint is enough to cause problems with the hydraulic system.
  6. Remove the mount bolts and remove the pump and disconnect the remaining hydraulic fittings.

To install:
  1. Connect any hydraulic fittings to the motor which will not be accessible when the pump is mounted.
  2. Connect the remaining hydraulic lines.
  3. Connect the motor wiring.
  4. Fill and bleed the hydraulic system.
  5. Install the luggage trim panel.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.

POWER TOP CYLINDERS



See Figures 3, 4 and 5

  1. Unclip and remove the left side luggage compartment trim.
  2. Bend the metal tabs and pull the top material up until the cylinders are visible.
  3. Remove the lockring and pin to disengage the pushrod from the frame.
  4. Unfasten the bracket nuts to remove the cylinder from the frame.

  1. Disconnect the hydraulic line and remove the cylinder. Make sure no dirt or lint gets into the hydraulic system. Use plastic or paper covers to protect the fittings.

To install:
  1. Secure the cylinder to the frame with the bracket nuts.
  2. Connect the hydraulic line to the cylinder.
  3. Engage the pushrod to the frame, then install the lockring and pin.
  4. Secure the top material.
  5. Fill and bleed the system.
  6. Install the luggage trim panel.

BLEEDING THE SYSTEM



See Figure 6

  1. Remove the left side luggage compartment trim panel.
  2. Turn the valve on the pump to the left (counterclockwise) until it stops.
  3. Open and close the top by hand twice, then open the top and leave it open.
  4. Close the valve (fully clockwise).
  5. Remove the filler plug and add hydraulic fluid as needed. Do not overfill.

The hydraulic fluid level must be checked with the top open. The level must be between the MIN and MAX marks.



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Fig. Fig. 3: Disengage the pushrod after removing the lockring and pin



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unfasten the bracket nuts to remove the cylinder from the frame



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Fig. Fig. 5: Power top hydraulic system



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Fig. Fig. 6: Manual valve and filler plug


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HOW TO INSTALL VINYL TOP:----

IF THE INSTALLATION FIGURE IS MISSING.PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:---
VINYL TOP INSTALLATION GUIDE
INSTALLATION:
1. Detach window moldings and vinyl top side moldings.
2. Remove old top.
3. Clean/remove old glue from the vehicle top, pillar post and valance using Ditzler Wax & Grease
Remover or equivalent product.
NOTE: The wax & grease remover will need to soak into old glue for a minimum of 5 minutes to
soften it. Remove old glue by scraping with razor blade. and wipe roof dry.
4. Clean roof with soap and hot water. Wipe top clean.

5. Using roof side reference points determine the center of the roof. C = Center
6. Measure the center deck width (between the two (A) seams) of
your new Legendary Auto Interiors, Ltd. vinyl top.
7. After you have determined your center deck width divide this
number in half and then measure from the top center line out to
determine the placement location of the seams (A). At these points
draw straight lines on the roof from the front edge to the rear edge of
the roof and parallel to the center line. (See Fig. 1)
8. Before applying adhesive, check the overall fit of your new Legendary Auto Interiors, Ltd. vinyl
top by placing the vinyl top on the roof of your car.
NOTE: Be sure to leave enough material front to rear to accommodate the rear window lower
valance panel on those vehicles which have a lower valance.
NOW THAT YOU HAVE CHECKED THE FIT OF YOUR NEW LEGENDARY AUTO
INTERIORS, LTD. VINYL TOP AND HAVE CLEANED AND MARKED YOUR VEHICLE ROOF,
YOU ARE NOW READY FOR INSTALLATION.
9. Thoroughly apply spray glue to one seam of your vinyl top and to the roof of the vehicle along
line (A). Attach top along one of the outside lines (A) marked on the roof. Once you have located
one seam on the roof, hold the front edge down on the seam line and pull with a light tension at
the rear. Press down the entire seam with your hand to adhere the material to the roof.
NOTE:
A. Be sure to use a generous amount of spray glue on the material and on the roof.
B. The spray adhesive must be dry to the touch but not completely dry before starting installation.10. Spray glue the entire center deck of the vinyl top including both seams. Spray glue the center
deck area of the vehicle roof.
11. Pulling tension along the other seam, align the second seam and press down the center deck
and the second seam. At this point the vinyl top should be attached seam to seam and front to
rear.
12. Spray glue and attach the valance area below the rear window as described above. (only on
those vehicles with rear window valance).
13. Spray glue and attach the sides of the vinyl top to the roof from each seam outwards. Follow
the same directions for glueing described above.
14. Spray and attach the pillar posts. Follow the same directions for glueing described above.
15. Trim excess vinyl around the edges. Be sure to align and mark the location of your chrome
trim before you cut any excess material.
16. Leaving about 2 inches of material all around the rear window, trim and tuck in material
around the rear window. Trim excess vinyl to accomodate window trim.
17. Install your rear window trim and any remaining trim moldings.
MATERIALS NEEDED:
1. Contact Cement (Spray Trim Adhesive)
- 3 to 4 cans minimum.
2. Razor blades
3. Scissors 4. Screwdrivers - flat tip and phillips
5. Tucking tool 6. Measuring Tape
7. Felt tip marker 8. Straight Edge
IMPORTANT NOTE:
ALTHOUGH ALL LEGENDARY AUTO INTERIORS, LTD. VINYL TOPS ARE REPRODUCED
TO ORIGINAL SPECIFICATIONS AND ARE FULLY GUARANTEED, WE RECOMMEND
HAVING AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR TRIM/UPHOLSTERY
SHOP INSTALL YOU NEW LEGENDARY VINYL TOP.
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Important Information
Volkswagen made changes to its convertibles in 1995. From that year onward the cars may be referred to as "Cabrios" or "Golf III". These Cabrio convertible tops used the same Cabrio vinyl as the earlier tops LIKE ON RABBIT. Although similar to earlier "Cabriolet" tops, the geometry of the "Cabrio" top is changed.So just name of VW brand car is changed and years but vinyl top installation procedure is similar.The link below sell the vinyl top installation guide:---Click the link below:---

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