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Old 10-07-13, 11:58 AM   #1
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I have a newly acquired 1995 Corvette Convertible with some gaps under the rear of the top. Was wondering who the premier convertible top repair shop in the area might be. Would like to get this fixed before the cold weather sets in.
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Old 10-07-13, 03:32 PM   #2
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Mark, Congrats on your new ride. It it the top or the weather Stripping? Do not park the car with the nose pointed downhill until you get that fixed as rain water can get in to the interior.

If it is the weather stripping (or latches)-Go to Bryner Chevrolet. Their Tech (Steve Spencer) is THE best.

If it is the top-WJN Auto interiors in Willow Grove.

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Old 10-07-13, 04:44 PM   #3
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It's the weather stripping. I talked to Williams Top in Langhorne, and they said to buy the weather stripping and they would install, but I didn't get a warm fuzzy from them. Bought the weather stripping on Eckler's though and waiting for it to come in. Car is in great shape - 35,500 miles. I bought it for my daughter a year and a half ago, and she put on 175 miles since, so I bought it back - nothing like paying for the same car twice! Just needs new seat covers and a replacement shifter console - previous owner used it for a cigarette rest and it has two nice little burn marks on it. Suggestions for those replacement parts, Bob?
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Try GM-As a CCDV Member (if you are), you get parts at Bryner at cost plus 10%, A really good deal. Call Bryner's parts department to see if they can get one. They can search the country.

As for a used correct part you can call Contemporary Corvette in Bristol as they have a Corvette salvage yard and may have this in stock. (Not to be confused with Contemporary Corvette in West Chester, Pa-a restoration shop).

Let us know how you make out.

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Be careful where you go. I would tell the shop owner that before you pay him one dime you want to sit in side the car and have a garden hose turned on it while you check for leaks. I took my 92 to a local guy that is suppose to be good. The old one never leaked, the new one leaked and still leaks like a sieve, I had 1/2" gaps between the glass and the new weather seal. I've had it back twice and it still leaks. I could have done a better job in my garage. Email me dpterranova@yahoo.com and I'd be happy to tell you who botched up my top.
PS: If you find a good guy make sure you post your experience here.
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GM no longer supplies parts for Corvettes prior to 1997.

Try the same place you found your weather striping (Ecklers) or Mid America. They both carry all that stuff.

http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-parts.html
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Sometimes, GM dealers have parts in inventory that can still be purchased. I bought a factory Power Key for my 1990 ZR1 from a dealer in California through Bryners parts dept. They searched it via their computer system. That was a few years ago but was well beyond what they "Still sold".

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On a car that old the weather stripping and rubber trim get hard and are no longer pliable. I have had good results restoring those parts using Shin-Etsu grease. Wipe a liberal amount on, leave it overnight and wipe any excess off. It soaks into the trim and makes it pliable again. Works great at preventing dry rot too. I have been able to bring back trim that was hard as a rock.

You are welcome to bring the car by my house and we can try it.


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