I picked up what I believe to be an original S1 hardtop, though not original to my car last year. Guy had it sitting in storage, but did not know much about it. The fiberglass was nice, but no window and the interior was all coming off the edges. I put in rubber, a plexi window, and re-attached all the interior. Need to paint the fabric at some point, but that’s another project.
Getting prepared for the winter, I’m finally trying to attach it to the car. The front brackets all land and latch well, but having trouble with the rear brackets.
I had to sand a bit off the back right side of the top to make it possible to attach, but the back left was already curved out and sits a bit higher. With the rubber on there’s no noticeable difference, but I’ve attached pictures without the rubber for reference. The left sides with the brackets unattached – the gap closes when I push the top down to get the brackets aligned.
I had to mill the holes on the left bracket attached to the top vertically about 1/8" to get that side to attach.
Besides having to do that milling, here are my problems:
First, there is a gap between the top and the back of the windows that can be seed in the pictures. Is that expected?
Second, I removed the lower screws on the bracket that attaches to the hardtop to align/attach everything. The left side will accept the lower screw but it does not have the small screw attached from behind. On the right side, you can see from the fabric that the bracket is angled versus where it was previously attached, so the lower screw won’t fit unless I mill it. It appears the reason the bracket attached to the car is pushed forward is because of the small screw attached from behind.
So as to the small screws/machined holes…
Am I supposed to use a screw on the top right from behind? For the machined hole on the bottom left, what’s that used for? The brackets that attach to the car came with the top, which came with a nipple piece screwed into it, but it doesn’t appear to serve a useful purpose.
Could this be a top from a series 3 car (which I now are longer) – not sure if there’s a way to tell/measure the difference.
Or is this just a pain everyone goes through marrying the top to the car?