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Manual Convertible Hold Down Clamps

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I have a 69 convertible with a manual top. I have a hold down clamp on one side but the other side is broken. I cannot find any for this year only for years up to 68 which mounts differently. Any idea of how i keep the 69 top down if it is a manual one? 

thanks,
Melinda

 

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good luck on this.  I would try to get the existing parts repaired, but that is probably not possible.  They can be repaired if they are aluminum, but not if they are pot metal steel. So find out what kind of metal they are.  If they are aluminum, you need to find a good heliarc welder, they repair propellers for boats all the time. 

I also wonder if the hold down clamps are the same with a manual or power top.  I do not know why that would make a difference.  You need to find out what the differences are.  I have a 69 vert with a power top, if it helps I can do some measuring.   Look on fleabay for options. 

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I drove a '69 for years with the top down and only one hold down clamp.  Gravity did a nice job of keeping the top down.  But my top fit well and laid down nicely in the well.   Sure, it looked better with two clamps but I could not find a replacement and the broken one was pot-metal.

I suppose a top boot might hold it down a bit - that might be an option..  

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