Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
If the roof and the brackets on the windscreen frame are adjusted correctly, it should lower itself onto the frame (pins drop into holes) so the hooks are lined up ready to engage - then just move the levers (with one hand) while the hood cover is closing and before the back of the roof is locked down. Shouldn't even need to touch the roof (mine had no central handle anyway on the phase-2, but my phase-1 did).
That's how easy it was on my yellow Spider - after a small adjustment to the driver's side pin seating - but my newer black Spider is miles off - roof front rail has to be pulled backwards (hooks on both sides catch on the frame and fold the wrong way - so quite a lot of manual intervention is required to release the closing switch, lift the front of the hood by hand and reposition the hooks inside the frame, then line up the pins with the holes and push down - hard to do from inside the car - and only then can I close the levers.)
To adjust the seating for the pins, start by removing the sun visor and then the pillar trim (it has a press stud, is hooked under the other trim, and has other hidden press clips to pry out). Undo the three 6mm Allen capscrews that hold the seating in place. Move it (only a small amount of movement is possible), retighten bolts. It is also possible to loosen the pin on the hood frame - if you add a washer under the hex, it becomes possible to move and retighten without it digging into the metal frame/settling back into its first position.
Just as a bonus, my black Spider with its tight-fitting auto-drop windows leaks really badly both sides - water pours in at the top-front corner of the window - never had any leaks on the older Spider with loose-fitting hood and no auto-drop, though that car had some wind whistles (the black Spider has no wind whistles), all very puzzling.
Because it needs more than the adjustments I've mentioned, I need to figure out how to stop my black Spider's hood moving too far forward. There are rubber stops on the folding mechanism but adjusting these has made no difference. Maybe the whole folding mechanism can be unbolted from the car (at the base plates) and moved slightly aft.
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Last edited by alexGS; 14-05-13 at 12:55.