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Old November 2nd, 2014, 07:59 PM
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Def 90 NAS fiberglass hard top removal instructions

I have searched high and low. Does anyone know how to remove a NAS fiberglass hard top? I'm hesitant to just start unbolting it as I know these are rare to find in great shape (as is mine), can be fragile and are made of several pieces. Also it doesn't look like these are bolted but maybe threaded into rivets?

I have zero experience doing this so want to be careful and do it right. I need to remove it to perform some surface rust repair and repainting along where the top meets the body.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, the last owner looks to have installed wooden strips to insulate between the body and the top but I seem to recall this should be lined with rubber stripping. Anyone know if this rubber stripping is sold anywhere or will any type of rubber weather stripping work well enough.

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Old November 2nd, 2014, 08:07 PM
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Good idea there's definitely a right and wrong way - I remember cracking a back corner piece.... That was in 1996 so I can't help you unfortunately.
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The key thing is to unbolt the nuts that are behind the C pillar on the metal bolt strip on the side panel. Everything else is pretty self explanatory. Sometimes the bolts in the rivnuts in the cappings spin and you have to cut off the heads and then replace the rivnuts. Same for the ones on the front, but you can grip the rivnuts by removing the trim on the top of the windscreen.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Question on the rivnuts if I have some that need the heads cut off are replacing these fairly easy? Do I need a rivet gun? And are replacement rivnuts available? If not I may think twice about taking this off!
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Question on the rivnuts if I have some that need the heads cut off are replacing these fairly easy? Do I need a rivet gun? And are replacement rivnuts available? If not I may think twice about taking this off!
You cut the bolt head off and then drill out the rivnut if it spins without coming out. Easy to buy from usual suspects or McMaster (I just bought genuine). You need a rivnut gun or a rivnut tool (like a bolt thing).

No big deal, just be aware so you know it might happen.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 01:12 AM
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Take your time, force nothing, and don't do it alone! The top panel is very fragile at the B-pillar coupling. Lift gently with a friend from both sides, and support on either side of the B-pillar. Store perfectly flat, well supported, or vertical on its tail end with its top side leaning against the wall. The rest is self-explanatory. You'll be fine and later realize you were overly concerned. I've done it 6 times in 6 seasons, once alone and I'll never do THAT again!
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I forgot about your mention of "wooden strips." I'm not sure what you mean and how they were used. Post a picture and we could help more.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 11:02 AM
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If you go to the Tech Articles section of this web page there are the factory instructions for installing the top, removing is just the reverse. It has illustrations and parts list maintenance and so on.
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Perfect thank you
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