I'm doing this on a budget, which means that I have to find the most cost-effective way of getting a new hood onto the spider. Could i fit it myself? Possibly, given some time and somewhere out of the rain. At the moment, I have neither - up to my eyes in work, and having to work in a driveway. Are there fitters near where I live? (Northern Ireland). Found two, one charges a reasonable amount and does a good job - he already recovered my drivers seat bolster for me - the other charges nearer dealer rates for his time. I could ask them to source the hood and fit it - which is going to work out around £700. Or I can source the hood myself and then the only cost is the fitters time. Which works out around £480.
So what I'm trying to do is avoid a situation where I hand the guy the two pieces and say fit it, and he comes back with, mate, the zips don't fit, there's nothing I can do. So I'm trying to work this out ahead of time so it all goes smoothly. Hence the questions, do the zips all match, etc. I'm grateful for all the help. So far I have established that the upper zip portion, in replacement hoods, is stapled to a cross bar, through a broad tab of hood material on the inside of the hood. Since I've got both sides of the zip on the new rear section, this should not cause a problem. I have the car booked in for the first week in October, the hood is being made as I speak, the genuine parts rear section stretched out on the spare bed enjoying a cigar and a gin and tonic, so hopefully we're good to go.