I’ve been here with convertibles, but this one has been folded for 40 years and it is stiff as heck, worse I’ve seen. I’m soaking the rivets but so far I’ve gotten it half unfolded before it jams up tight. If I pull any harder I’m going to bend something.
Anyone been there - done that? What worked to loosen them up?
Has anyone riveted the bows back together having given up on the original rivets? (A daunting proposition) How about barrel nuts (sleeve nuts or sex nuts)?
I won’t be needing to install it for a year or more, but it would be nice to test-fit before disassembly.