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SCISSOR TOP PARTS (71-76 GM FULL SIZE)

 

 
1971-76 BUICK LESABRE AND CENTURION, CADILLAC, CHEVROLET IMPALA AND CAPRICE, OLDS DELTA 88 ROYALE, PONTIAC CATALINA AND GRANVILLE

Convertible Service carries a full line of replacement parts for most 71-76 G.M. FULL SIZE convertibles. Visit our online store for pricing and availablility.


1971-76 GM FULL SIZE CONVERTIBLE TOP MECHANISM TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS FROM CONVERTIBLE SERVICE: 

Click here to download our Scissor Top troubleshooting sheets (Click to open or right click and select "save as" to save) (.pdf format, requires Adobe Reader)

 

Slow or inoperative scissor top: It’s easy to assume that the problem is the motor, but, friction from worn parts is the most common cause for a good motor to not be able to operate the top. Often it’s not just worn side rails or side gears, but a combination of several of them being worn at once. See “Worn Side Rail test”, “Worn Side Gear test” & “Bad switch, relay or motor” tests below to be sure.

 #2 Bow folds incorrectly when raising top (one side goes forward toward the header bow): Two things control the position of the #2 Bow; See “Worn #2 bow side brackets” & “Side Hold Down cables” below.

 Only one side of top operates: One Drive Cable may be loose or broken. Inspect both, first at the side gears, then at the motor behind the rear seat back.  If drive cables are functioning, perform the “Worn Side Gear test”  below, on both sides.

 Top guide pins won’t reach forward enough to drop into holes on the windshield: 1. Side rails not adjusted or bent. Follow Fisher Body Manual adjustments. If problem persists, bent side rail may need replacing. 2. Top material may be too tight at the header bow, in the rear quarter, or both. If it is, loosen the top, if possible, or install a new top after properly adjusting the frame. Also, see if tightness of rear window curtain on the #4 bow is holding the outer rear rail assembly back. 3. If only one guide pin can’t be pulled into it’s hole, try resyncronizing drive cables so that the bad side comes up to the windshield a little sooner than the other side.


 TESTS TO HELP YOU FIND WHICH PARTS ARE BAD:

 

 Worn Side Rail test:   With top lowered 2 feet back from windshield, one side at a time, grab the front of the side rail and move it up and down. If there is more than 2 inches of play (caused by slack at the side rail elbow pivot), the side rail has too much wear.

Worn Side Gear test:   With the top folded all the way down, disconnect the drive cables and unbolt the side gears from the 3 inch siderail links. Grab the side gear appendage and force it through it’s travel, all the way forward and all the way back. A worn side gear will either bind up at one or more points (going in either direction), or, will move too freely in either direction. A good side gear will have constant firm resistance throughout travel in both directions.

Worn #2 Bow Side Brackets: Check for play where pivot ball/rivets swedge to the bracket; also, see if bracket is bent.

Side Hold Down Cables: Each side cable should have a 2” shunt cable attached to the #2 bow. See if it’s disconnected or broken, or, if the ends of the #2 bow core substance can no longer hold the cable screw. Replace side cables or #2 bow.

Bad switch, bad relay or a bad motor?: This is a little more complicated. Call our info line, 626-285-2255. We’ll help you, free!

 


We carry virtually all of the convertible top frame mechanism and drive components for 1971 to 1976 GM full size cars.


 

GM Full Size Convertible Top Repair Manual, 1971-1976 GM Full Size
Sound advice: Never do anything to a convertible top mechanism without the factory service manual. Diagrams, pictures and instructions are a must for adjusting & repairs. (If you already own a Fisher Body Service Manual, do not buy this. This same info can be found there.) YEARS AND MODELS COVERED: 1971, 1972, 1973 1974, 1975, 1976, BUICK LESABRE AND CENTURION, CADILLAC ELDORADO, CHEVROLET IMPALA AND CAPRICE, OLDS DELTA 88 ROYALE, PONTIAC CATALINA AND GRANVILLE
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