In Reply to: switching used hardtop help......... posted by Blaine Big Daddy Clark on January 14, 2000 at 18:26:16:
When you stop and think that the dealer has to tear apart and put together TWO cars, the high labor cost starts to make sense. When my (new) top was originally installed, they quoted - and I paid for - two hours labor. The labor quickly became four hours, plus a return to the dealer for one more adjustment after a few weeks. This year I haven't been to the dealer at all for adjustment - the top went on perfectly.
There really is no obvious installation hardware that you can see, its all buried inside and under all the car trim pieces, including wiring which must be run from the console. You can probably mount the top yourself and, except for rear window defrost connections and final window adjustments, it may fit just fine. The installer adjusts the top so that the side windows close tight and so that the back gasket is just resting on the rear of the body without scratching but still won't let water in.