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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594381
10/09/19 01:42 PM
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I have the studded hood not easy-up.If fitted then it is left up in tension to keep shape.
If not in use then folded to keep the clear plastic sections flat.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594388
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I think the general recommendation is for a convertible roof to be left up and probably tensioned when not being used for periods, but to stop my back window creasing when down - most of the summer - I use a length of foam pipe insulation folded into the window, it's worked so far, but the car is only 3 years old, so I'll let you all know at its' 10th anniversary if it really is a good idea.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594729
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I wouldn'teave the hood down for even 5 mins when the car is put away, even for the night.. Always under tension. I wouldn't like to be left all crumpled up. Wouldn't do the joints any good!
Also, having the old style roof, I can roll it up and leave attached at the rear when driving with the roof down. That way the windows don't crease and it is well positioned to put up in a hurry should there be a thunder plump.

Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594730
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The PVC hood is more prone to shrinking in cold weather.

The first couple of summers I left my (Mohair) Roadster hood down for long periods and it survived OK.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594748
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The PVC hood does indeed shrink in cold weather & is a pain to put up after having been stowed away for a while.
For that reason, as well as the fact that Belgian weather is more often worse than the British one, I keep the hood up most of the time, but without fitting the doors.
I only drive topless if the weather forecast indicates at least 3 days without rain...


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: DaveW] #594767
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Originally Posted by DaveW
The PVC hood is more prone to shrinking in cold weather.

The first couple of summers I left my (Mohair) Roadster hood down for long periods and it survived OK.

+1 ---- Still do. It is down at the moment.

Last edited by Gambalunga; 12/09/19 02:52 PM.

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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594783
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I left my hood down for about 7 years and mice chewed some sizable chunks out of it. After glueing home-made vinyl patches over the holes it has been perfectly servicable since.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: Gambalunga] #594787
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Originally Posted by Gambalunga
Originally Posted by DaveW
The PVC hood is more prone to shrinking in cold weather.

The first couple of summers I left my (Mohair) Roadster hood down for long periods and it survived OK.

+1 ---- Still do. It is down at the moment.

Agreed mine is the poverty model PVC that responds better to a good stretch.


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: Giles] #594811
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Originally Posted by Giles
I only drive topless if the weather forecast indicates at least 3 days without rain...


You would never drive in the UK if you did that!


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Re: Do you always leave your roof up or down [Re: ChrisConvertible] #594815
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I always close the roof, easy up PVC. When the car was in the workshop for six months last year due to the wildlife accident, the roof was not stretched. Ok the car stood luxuriously parked in a heated hall. But it took two months until the roof was so relaxed again that I didn't have to fear a crack in the window. The shrinkage was so strong.


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