69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Bluestuff
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69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Post by Bluestuff » 11 Apr 2019, 03:02

Hi guys,
I seem to have an endless list of repairs to this 69 convertible ?
The latest problem i have is the soft top is slow and strains to come all the way up or down.
Before i start taking things apart, can any ne sugest the mostly likly fix ? :think:

wawazat
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Re: 69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Post by wawazat » 11 Apr 2019, 05:08

Sounds like a leak in the system from your description. I had the same problem on my '69 convertible. Cylinder seal on one side. Slow loss of fluid over months. I started to see the top moving slowly then it wouldn't build pressure to bring top frame against the windshield header. I removed the interior, cleaned up the mess and replaced the cylinder and line set. Filled the reservoir and bled it and everything has been good since that time.
1969 Cougar convertible restomod

polanskys
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Re: 69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Post by polanskys » 11 Apr 2019, 16:13

When you pull the back seat and rear side panels, the cylinders are on either side and the pump in the middle behind the seat back. Just pulling the rear seat you may be able to see some leakage of hydraulic fluid. If you need to replace a cylinder, replace both or you will be doing the job on the other side sooner than you think. If you are just low on fluid that may do the trick, but if you are the question is where did the fluid go.

Steve

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Post by Bluestuff » 14 Apr 2019, 18:27

Took out the seats, and yes there was low oil with air in the system,
and yes i filled it back up, but yes the LH ram is leaking ! 😩😩😩
How sevicable are they, should i try to get them repaired or will it be easier and cheaper to just get two new ones ?

wawazat
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Post by wawazat » 15 Apr 2019, 06:26

There were some rebuild shops I found when mine failed in 2017. It was faster for me to drive to NPD in Detroit and get a new one so I went that route. I still have the original cylinder in my parts stores.
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Re: 69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Post by walterf » 15 Apr 2019, 07:13

I bought new rams from an outfit called Hydro-e-lectric out of Sarasota, FL. They were around $117 each, fit easily and work great. The case is aluminum so be sure to start threading the fluid lines by hand or you can easily strip them.

Bleeding is the hardest part of the job. Have an accomplice work the top swich while you feed the pump reservoir with a turkey baster or large syringe. My [original] hydraulic lines are clear so you can see the air. I found there's no need to get every air bubble out for it to work perfect.

polanskys
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Post by polanskys » 15 Apr 2019, 17:38

The bulbs used to clean a baby's nose work great.

Steve

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Re: 69 Convertible top is weak ?

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Post by waterlife » 15 Apr 2019, 18:41

Seriously consider replacing the lines while your there, at 50yrs old and very brittle not much life left in them!
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