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I am looking at purchasing a new top for my 73 450SL

Has anyone here purchased and installed (or had installed) an Upholstery World Top. I am looking at their highest grade unit and would like to hear your comments. I have read all the threads about different tops, but I am looking for those that have actually used Upholstery World.

I am also considering getting their sun visors.

Any comments would be appreciated.

Loren
 

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I am looking at purchasing a new top for my 73 450SL

Has anyone here purchased and installed (or had installed) an Upholstery World Top. I am looking at their highest grade unit and would like to hear your comments. I have read all the threads about different tops, but I am looking for those that have actually used Upholstery World.

I am also considering getting their sun visors.

Any comments would be appreciated.

Loren
Loren,

I bought my leather seats from them. they are a good company.

But, main problem I see with tops (and I would like to get one too), is finding someone who knows how to install it. That's what is stopping me from ordering. No matter how good the actual top is, an inexperienced installer can mess it up.

There is a Vancouver company that advertises in the MBCA Star (I know nothing about them). Name is Heritage Upholstery & Trim (604) 990-0346 Heritage Upholstry & Trim. Seem to be of British origin, but have manufacturing in Vancouver. Not sure how much SL experience they have, but might be worthwhile asking. Their ad says "Specializing in SL Models to show standards"

On the other hand World Upholstery does have plenty of SL experience - I bought my seat covers from them in 1989!
 

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I assume you mean World Upholstery. Yes, two of them. One I had installed by a so-called "professional" and the other my sister and I installed. The quality of the top is good, no complaints there. The quality of the install done by the "pro" is problematic. My sister is very happy with the way her top turned out.

If you're looking to do it yourself, I'd suggest finding a willing helper. There are places where two people are pretty much required. It would also be a good idea to use the opportunity to replace all the rubber on the soft top.
 

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I bought the "top of the line" german cloth top three years ago from topsonline.com and am very satisfied with it. I installed it myself with new rubber gaskets front and back. Install took less than a day. It helped that the front fold line was marked with tailors chalk.
 

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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.

Loren
 

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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).
It took most of two days, for two people. We used the 3M spray adhesive - just sprayed it into a lid and brushed it on from there. We had plenty of working time.
 

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I have to agree with the other comments on the installer. I love the top I got, but all my issues have had are installation related. Your quotes are in the right range. Out the door I paid $765.00.

Oh, and the installer had my car for 2 days to do the install.
 
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