I am just in the process of removing my rear window for a refurbishment, I have read numerous threads and thought I would pop in my 20p worth and need a bit of advice
First pic is my savaged hood
Firstly I tackled the bolts to undo at the rear of the hood - Where it lifts up to put away. (see pic)
There are about 12 or so in total and are a size 3 allen key
8 came of easily (just a spray of WD40 five minutes before) where as four (the end two each side) were stuck and ended up just spinning my allen key bit, these probably take the brunt of the water, I tried a torx with no joy
I got a small bladed air saw and cut a line through the middle of the screw which enabled me to get three back off using a flat headed screwdriver (see pic of screw with line in it) last one I completely grinded off as the screwdriver just bent the metal out and it was shagged (see pic)
Onto the zip
The zip was stuck - prob not been undone for years ( I certainly never have in my six months ownership + standing for 2 years) It looked like it was glued on! this took the longest time as i used a blade to clean most of the glue/rust off from the zip and after much WD40 and tugging the zip backwards and forwards it finally opened. If you zip is screwed do not be tempted to cut it off - you will be regretting it later! do it with it all complete.
Just the elastic strips left, if you follow the two strips they lead back to snap on clips that can be easily undone
Now the problems
I have taken it to as many local places I can find - sewers, saddlers even cobblers! Nobody will replace undo/redo stiching the plastic for me!
Does any one know a local (West Midlands) place I can go to get it repaired I have seen this one on ebay
But it would make the rest of my hood seem tatty even after I have restored the hood with a good product
Also in the pic of the damaged rear screen you can see all of the bobbling to the side of the hood, can this be reduced or not?
Thanks in advance for any help
PS to the mods, if you could let me include IMG code I will make a few nice tuts as I have plenty of pics from the whole restoration