Graham, your point is well taken about finding the right installer. I had seen the article in the Star Magazine about Heritage and gave them a call but no one was available at the time I called, so I will be trying again. I have this sneaking impression that they only make and install their own tops, but we will see.
Scott, you point to the same consideration that Graham and I have (Finding a good installer). All of my rubber seals are in absolutely perfect condition, so I don't need to worry about that. The top on my car has only been up a few times in the last 20 years and suffers from window abrasion that I just can't get out and the glued seams have de-laminated (just the seams that run the length of the top and the one above the rear window, below the last bow) The top canvas looks like new, but if it's being held only by the threads and won't last long.
How long did it take you to do the self-installed top, Scott? Also, what glue did you use? I was advised to use only MB top adhesive and not Contact Cement because it allows you just a bit more working time and doesn't stain the interior surfaces of your new top (supposedly it can be cleaned up really easy if you do make a mistake).
Norman, thanks for the comments. I will certainly look into them.
Given the price of the top, it's not really a big deal, but add to that the price of install and it can easily amount to a fair amount of cash simply wasted if not installed properly. I have had quotes from several locals of which all have done 107 tops and the prices range from $600 to $1000 for installation.
I am also looking at the World Upholstery visors at $115 each, which when compared to OEM at $400+ are a steal.
This is going to take a bit of time to get sorted out, but it's a must do project.