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Do you always leave your roof up or down #594279
10/09/19 05:53 AM
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Hi,

My car sat in the garage not driven with the roof off for about two months (had a DVT frown and wife refuses the drive the stupid thing), the weather went from nice to cold and wet and I had to go to the doctor. So with fingers crossed the car started, I put the roof up and the stupid thing split across the back window. It would have gone from bent to flat too quickly.

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The roof works very similar to a Morgan easy up roof. I release the metal cover off by pushing a button, lift the roof and connect the front to the windscreen, put the metal cover down and clip it in place, then lower the back of the roof and clip it into the metal cover with things that look identical to the back catches on the easy up roof. I find to get them to clip in I have to give it a bit of a push which seems the same as a Morgan as well, that is when it split.

I generally always drive with the roof off, Canberra might get cold but we have virtually no rain, so I am in the habit of leaving the car in the garage with the roof off 90% of the time. But thinking that maybe the roof might last longer if it is left up when not in use, the back window probably would have.

The mohair has lots of wear parts mainly where it folds so I am looking at getting a whole new roof made which I know is not cheap.

So wondering do people generally leave their roof up or down when the car is in a garage and do you think it would last longer if up and down all the time or no real difference?

Last edited by ChrisConvertible; 10/09/19 05:57 AM.
Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594280
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I leave it up but not tensioned in the winter. sounds like you have a Simmonds hood though that doesn't look like a Morgan


JohnV6
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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594282
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I too leave the hood up unless car is being used again within a few days, if only to keep that rear window stretched. Also keeps the dust out of cockpit although dust sheets employed at other times.


Richard

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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: Richard Wood] #594284
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I have a glass back window but still leave the hood up in the garage. This keeps it taut and greatly lessens creases forming in the material.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594293
10/09/19 07:47 AM
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On the Aero S2 I leave the hood up and latched but not tensioned. It also avoids a musty smell developing in the cockpit. Spiders on the other hand also love to say thank you by leaving presents as a result.....


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594294
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Up for me too, unless I'm deffo driving it the following day


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: CooperMan] #594299
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Originally Posted by CooperMan
Up for me too, unless I'm deffo driving it the following day



Same for me.
When the factory fitted a new hood, a few years ago, this was their recommendation.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594313
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I like to leave it up for as long as possible, oh sorry, wrong forum!!!! I always put the hood up if I'm not going out for a few days as it keeps the window flat and tensions the material


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594351
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I was advised by Sean at Allon White to leave the hood up under tension , and use a hairdryer (on lowest setting) to heat the plastic rear windows to get the creases out.

It has worked for me OK .


Andy G
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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594378
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Thanks, yes it is a Nissan not a Morgan which is why I put it in the non-Morgan vehicle forum, but I thought Morgan owners would know more about convertible roofs than owners of other makes of cars. Plus most of you would have got advice from a dealer when buying the car.

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My plan is to get a new roof made for it, then hope it lasts a long time. From these comments it seems everyone puts the roof up so it is not kept folded fr too long, but some with the roof not under tension and others under tension. Overall it seems under tension is the most popular.

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