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Hi all,

So, my top in my 60 has been in-op for a couple yrs
I have a (brand new) FoMoCo motor. Before it stopped,
the deck lid would bleed down. & open very
slowly. So, I need new cys and (maybe)
that solenoid by the LH tail light.
But the top went up & down no problem.

I'm wondering if I could (as a temporary fix) put in a set
of 58-59 deck lid supports (those springs) just so I can
access the trunk. The screw latches are working.
I have a couple car shows coming up, tools & access to the
spare would be nice. Just until I have time (& $$$$$$$) to
fix it.

I'd almost bet too that if I got the D/Lid open, the tray would
flip & the top would go down. Not sure.

Any thoughts? Does someone have a pair of those?

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Old 04-21-2016, 09:56 PM
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John, IF you do not have the information on troubleshooting the '60 Convertible top it is in the TRL, including the instructions on how to open the deck lid manually if you have to. Go to the TRL and do a Ctrl F (for Find), type in 1960 Convertible Top and that should take you right to it. On Page 5 you will find the instructions on manually opening that deck lid. Click on it, and in fact, if you do not have the instructions, you might want to print out every link there is there on troubleshooting the '60 convertible top.. Good luck and let us know how you come out with it. Click on the TRL link that is always part of my Signature element or that of jopizz's .
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John,

I understand what you are trying to do. The difficulty is going to be finding the springs themselves. You can try contacting Carl Heller (partsetal), Bob's Bird House or some of the other vendors that sell used parts. I guarantee they won't be cheap if you do find them. I've never heard of anyone doing it so I don't know what you may have to modify to get the springs to bolt to the trunk floor. You will probably pay less money getting the parts you need to fix it correctly since those parts are being reproduced.

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I replaced both deck cylinders on my car a couple of years ago. They were either $150 each or $150 for the pair, I don't remember which. I bought them from Convertible Service. (I looked them up - $140 each) Pretty easy to do, easier than swapping to the '59 system, I bet.
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Hi Ray,
Yeah, I have all that. I figured I could get a pair of those cheap.
Maybe not. I used to know where all the cars being parted out were. Been outta the TBird program for awhile.
I was just thinking of a temporary fix. I actually have an extra pair of those cyls. I'll prob just send em to the hyd shop to be rebuilt. I do need that deck solenoid. I think that's what lets the lid bleed down.
Have you ever tried to lift one of those lids w/o any asst?
Been there, done that. Takes two men & a mule.
I don't know WHAT Ford was thinking, not having a backup to get in the trunk w/o having to lower the gas tank.

Thanks Ray


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John, IF you do not have the information on troubleshooting the '60 Convertible top it is in the TRL, including the instructions on how to open the deck lid manually if you have to. Go to the TRL and do a Ctrl F (for Find), type in 1960 Convertible Top and that should take you right to it. On Page 5 you will find the instructions on manually opening that deck lid. Click on it, and in fact, if you do not have the instructions, you might want to print out every link there is there on troubleshooting the '60 convertible top.. Good luck and let us know how you come out with it. Click on the TRL link that is always part of my Signature element or that of jopizz's .
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