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    We have a Guest who owns a '71 Mercedes 250C with the Golde Sunroof. He has written me to ask if I know where he can find some parts for it. I have given him the list, as I know it, of the various companies that he might be able to find what he is looking for. If you know of any company that I have not listed here on this sub-Forum, who supplies Golde Top parts, please post that information here, for all to see, including Shawn. He has already contacted VW and Porsche, and struck out with them. It has been my understanding that the Golde Top/Sunroof parts for most makes of cars that have them are universal and fit other makes, like our Tbird '60 Golde Tops.. Here is what Shaw had to say in email to me.

    "Hello, I have a 71 Mercedes 250C with a Golde sunroof. Would you know where I can get parts for this type of sunroof? (the 2 parts that kick the sunroof up at the back, and the 2 parts at the front that keep it on track). I know these are rare, but it never hurts to ask. Thanks. Shawn Smith"
    Last edited by YellowRose; November 25th, 2019, 11:28 PM.

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    In addition to Shawn Smith looking for Golde Top Sunroof parts, I just got this from Don at the Bird Nest today. Does anyone know where you can find this part? Here is what Don said.

    "Ray, I have a customer that has been looking at the squarebirds.org like about Golde Top sunroof parts. He is looking for these: It talks about the replacement brass piece, but no list or contact info on where to buy them. His email address and name are: Don Lytle donjlytle@msn.com Could you steer him in the right direction? He has 2 or 3 squarebirds. Thanks, Don Bird Nest."

    If anyone knows where we can get these parts, please let me know!

    UPDATE: In contacting Ken Harkema, I found out that he had the last 2 Golde Top "lifters" he bought from Paul Wilson for sale on eBay! He gave me the link, and I was able to log in right before the sale ended and bought them for Don Lytle quickly before they got away. In the picture of them are the two OEM pot metal ones, one with a break in it in that top curved area, and the other still in good condition, along with the 2 brass ones that Paul made. Those are the last two lifters left in captivity as far as I know. They arrived here a few days ago from Ken and I turned around and mailed them off to Don, and he received them yesterday and is one very Happy Camper. I hope to have him joining as a Forum member shortly. He owns 3 Squarebirds, the Golde Top, a Hardtop and a Convertible, I think. He thinks I am rather amazing that I was able to find these almost (and now probably impossible to find) Lifters... Me, I was just doing my "Bloodhound" thang, trying to find a fellow Tbird Lover/owner some parts.. Thank you, Harry, for providing me with the contact information for Paul! Here are the pix of what I sent Don.















    Last edited by YellowRose; November 20th, 2019, 02:57 AM.

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    • #3
      Hi Ray,
      Paul Willson, Phone: 302-945-0571, 29760 Oliver Walcott Dr, Hillsboro DE 19966. Cell 201-481-4401 sells the sunroof panel 'lifts'. These 'lifts' raise the rear of the sunroof panel upon closing. His 'lifts' are made from brass rather than pot metal. In the picture shown in your message above, the brass lift is the piece second from the right. Harry

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      • #4
        Harry, I JUST spoke with Paul Willson, and he just told me that he no longer has the brass lifts, and can'f find anyone who will make them at a decent price. He said that he DOES have the Cups for the Golde Top roof. So if anyone needs that, he is your contact. Thanks for posting his contact information... Call him and order it from him. He has them for $35 as I recall, and they are a bit more stouter than another version that is being sold for $50 by someone else...
        Last edited by YellowRose; November 9th, 2019, 07:33 PM.

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        • #5
          I was speaking with Ken Harkema today and he told me that he has some parts regarding the Golde Top for sale on eBay. He has a Golde Top panel for $200, which is NOT complete with all the parts, if I understood that right. He also has one for $300 which IS complete with all the parts, as I recall... You can double check that with him. If I was a Golde Top owner, I would invest in obtaining a complete, with all parts, Golde Top Sunroof. Because, sooner or later, you are gonna need parts and they are nearly impossible to find these days. His eBay id is nifty6t as I recall. Or if you can't find them, call Ken at 619-462-6478. The "BloodHound" has struck again! I put my nose to the ground and came up with the last remaining 2 lifters...

          Update! Here is the link to a listing of some 80 Tbird parts that Ken has for sale on his eBay site. If you are looking for parts, you may want to check this out...

          https://www.ebay.com/sch/nifty6t/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

          Last edited by YellowRose; November 25th, 2019, 01:21 PM.

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          • #6
            The "BloodHound" has struck again! Ray you never cease to amaze us with your detective work along with our other members and locating much needed parts for our members/ guests. Keep up the good work
            Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
            Thunderbird Registry
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            60 HT (Sold )

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            • #7
              In looking for more Golde Top parts, I contacted John Draxler of Thunderbird Ranch to see if he had any Golde Top parts. To my surprise, he said that he did have quite a few parts for the Sunroof. He also said that there are some of the more intricate ones that he makes himself and machines them. He said that if you are looking for Golde Top parts to send him good pictures of what you are looking for and he will tell you if he has them. Your best bet in getting him is to send him an email at: John Draxler jdrax@tbirdranch.com.

              Note: I just added four pictures and additional information from John Draxler to his Ad in the Advertisements Forum! He send me information and pix of parts that he now makes available, in brass, instead of pot metal. So go check it out, and look for John Draxler ~ Thunderbird Ranch. I re-titled his listing and brought him up into the J's.. BTW, for whatever reason when you go to the Advertisements Forum, the vBulletin software does not list it any Alphabetical order, as it used to. To get it in Alphabetical order click on Filter and the Down Arrow. Select Order Ascending, and let it do its thang. Then click on Sort By and Title, and let it do its thing. Then you should be seeing them listed in Alphabetical order down through the listing. At least that is how it works for me.
              Last edited by YellowRose; November 12th, 2019, 01:57 AM.

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              • #8
                That Golde Top/Sunroof that looks to be complete with parts, is back on Ken's eBay site for sale again! IF I were a Golde Top Squarebird owner, I would jump on this because, sooner or later, you are going to need parts, or may need them right now, to get your Sunroof operational again.. It also includes a set of rails, which, Ken says are impossible to find any more of. IMHO his asking price is fair, and if you have any questions regarding it, contact him. Below is the link to it. Some Golde Top owner needs to jump on this before it gets away to some speculator that is gonna sit on it and run the price up. There is ONLY 1 1/2 days left on this auction...

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/Thunderbird...gAAOSwq~Bdva-L

                Then Click On See Other Items to see 4 pages of 1955-1966 Tbird parts he has for sale on eBay... You can contact him through his website. Here is the link. http://kensklassic.com/about.htm. His phone number is on his website...
                Last edited by YellowRose; November 26th, 2019, 11:31 PM.

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                • #9
                  Ken told me today that the 1960 Golde Top Sunroof he has for sale IS missing 2 parts. The handle to slide the top back, and the plastic cover for it. The plastic cover IS available from Paul Wilson and John Draxler (see posts above). John may also have the handle if you need one. Should one of our members here buy that Golde Top Sunroof, please let me know in a PM. I certainly hope it goes to one of our members who needs the parts badly and that will help them get their Golde Top back in operation again. Ken also told me that he has a lot more Tbird parts that he has not placed on eBay yet, acquired over the years of repairing and restoring different Tbirds in the past. You can send him an email, let him know what you are looking for, and he can check to see if he has it. Here is his email: kensklassics@cox.net.

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