Date registered: May 2003
Vehicle: 2012 Focus SE
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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RE: 1975 450SL Hardtop help
eriklevi - 7/5/2005 5:25 PM
Don't have a manual. I have the tool to release the top at the windhield, but don't know do you release the sides/back.
Hi and welcome!
First of all, this is a two-person job. The top is way too heavy and awkward to be handled by one person. The sides are released by turning two crome screw heads just inside the side windows. Use the same tool as the windshield release. You will se that the screwheads have the slot for the tool. You will then see what looks a lot like a window crank on the driver's side panel under behind the driver's seat. Turn that crank all the way to the rear That will release the knob in the back. Then don't forget to disconnect the rear window defroster plug on the passenger side back panel. After you've done that, you and your assistant should lift the top up at the windshield and gently tug rearward then straight up. If the rear knob is stuck (it often is) twist the top left-to-right gently, that shold free it up. Don't forget to have a blanket or towel ready to put the top down on. After the top is off, if the boot is not released already, give that window crank-looking thing one more push rearward. That should release the boot. Open it up and lubricate the rods and joints you'll see under there with some grease.
Finally make sure the fron windows are DOWN when you do this, it's way too easy to damage them while fiddling with the top.
Also, you should be in the R107 forum.
Hope this helps,
Felicita e un bicchiere di vino con un panino.