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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:11 PM
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How to stretch a soft top?

Please allow myself to introduce myself.My name is Jeff,I bought Hippert's D90.I can thank John(phoenix37)for getting me into it.It has been a long raod.I have replace both axle assemblies,Complete suspension,engine,rims,tire,bumper and alot of cleaning.I know i've missed a bunch of stuff.I was able to get it running well enough before the engine swap to take it to Fall Herritage.On to the question,the top has been sitting for a long time off the truck.What can i do to stretch it out.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:15 PM
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Blow dryer does wonders.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Wow, welcome Jeff! I've been asking for updates on that truck like once a month since it sold and phoenix37 never answers!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:09 PM
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Welcome Jeff!

Before we can answer your question we need pictures and lots of them!

Just kidding (although please do post pictures).

Is this a bestop or tickford? If it's a tickford I am not sure you can stretch it a whole lot but If you can get it into a warm garage it will help. Vent the exhaust and crank up the heat and let it sit long enough to warm up the whole top, and then start pulling and snapping.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:26 PM
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p.s. Josh, please tell us what you are looking for in a defender. Trying to figure out your needs/wants
He's got a horse with boosts... now he's never going to get a rover
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:27 PM
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trying to figure out how to post pics....
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:30 PM
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Click "Go Advanced" below, then scroll down and click "Manage Attachments" and it should be obvious from there. You may have to resize them if they are too large.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:41 PM
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Heres a start...i think somone has a video from Fall Heritage.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 09:14 PM
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Great job, the truck looks great...

I would put the truck in a garage and put an electric heater in the truck and let it warm up for an hour, then start to stretch the top on. Be patient, and go slow.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 09:21 PM
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Looking good! Yeah ignore me and listen to Scott. Much better idea :D
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Wow, welcome Jeff! I've been asking for updates on that truck like once a month since it sold and phoenix37 never answers!
Really? I guess I never scroll that far down.. Jeff truck looks good. Glad to see you getting more active on the board.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 10:11 PM
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Hey John,i thought you had a couple of pics from the last time we went out.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 10:42 PM
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i do...here they are
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He's got a horse with boosts... now he's never going to get a rover
Sad to say but the horse might be more reliable...plus, I'm a bit partial to that specific horse model

Back to regular programming...yes, try a space heater with the top draped over the truck or let it sit out in the sun, that is, if it ever comes out in Maine this time of year?
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:35 PM
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Both rigs look great. That last pic makes the blue one look almost willow green

I would say get a badger top and make putting a soft top on easier (or wear a heavy jacket and forget the top)
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Old December 4th, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Beautiful. I think Mike will be very happy you are putting her to good use!

Did you do anything to the interior? I remember looking at the pictures and thinking that would be the hardest stuff to fix/repair.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 08:42 AM
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I just put my windows back in for a cold LA winter. Space heater in truck and a super hot blow dryer. Blow dryer could easily dry a horse in ten to fifteen minutes
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Wait Hippert's truck came with a top?
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it came with TWO!!!!
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