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> Targa Tops, The differences between early and late
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post Jun 20 2007, 09:52 PM
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The differences between the early (pre 73) and later Targa tops is shown below. The most significant difference is the step where the window seals attach. I suspect due to the different windows used in the 73 up cars. I'm checking that out now. The step is noticeably taller or hangs lower on the later tops.

Other differences are shown but I suspect they won't have a major impact.

Thanks for those at WCR who volunteered their tops for the inspection

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post Jun 20 2007, 10:00 PM
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post Jun 20 2007, 10:02 PM
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post Jun 20 2007, 10:02 PM
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1st!

damm, that's one ugly late top you got there ... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool_shades.gif)


wanna trade?
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post Jun 20 2007, 11:29 PM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Jun 20 2007, 09:02 PM) *

1st!

damm, that's one ugly late top you got there ... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool_shades.gif)


wanna trade?
(IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) Andy


Yep, like the owners sunburned head, it should have been covered up..... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif)
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post Feb 15 2009, 12:59 PM
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This is good information. Maybe it would be better suited in the originality forum where it might be easier to find?

My 73 has an early top according to the info here. Is it possible that my 73 came with the early top or is it certain that it was replaced at some point in time? It seams to fit pretty good. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)
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post Feb 15 2009, 01:11 PM
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QUOTE(Slick914 @ Feb 15 2009, 10:59 AM) *

This is good information. Maybe it would be better suited in the originality forum where it might be easier to find?

My 73 has an early top according to the info here. Is it possible that my 73 came with the early top or is it certain that it was replaced at some point in time? It seams to fit pretty good. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

im pretty sure my 73 has an early top too... if thats the case then thats the way my car came.
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post Feb 15 2009, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE(dw914er @ Feb 15 2009, 11:11 AM) *

QUOTE(Slick914 @ Feb 15 2009, 10:59 AM) *

This is good information. Maybe it would be better suited in the originality forum where it might be easier to find?

My 73 has an early top according to the info here. Is it possible that my 73 came with the early top or is it certain that it was replaced at some point in time? It seams to fit pretty good. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

im pretty sure my 73 has an early top too... if thats the case then thats the way my car came.


'73 was a transition year. If you have a '73 with a early top, i suspect you also have the early windows and mechanism, as they go together.
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Feb 15 2009, 01:42 PM) *

QUOTE(dw914er @ Feb 15 2009, 11:11 AM) *

QUOTE(Slick914 @ Feb 15 2009, 10:59 AM) *

This is good information. Maybe it would be better suited in the originality forum where it might be easier to find?

My 73 has an early top according to the info here. Is it possible that my 73 came with the early top or is it certain that it was replaced at some point in time? It seams to fit pretty good. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

im pretty sure my 73 has an early top too... if thats the case then thats the way my car came.


'73 was a transition year. If you have a '73 with a early top, i suspect you also have the early windows and mechanism, as they go together.
(IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif) Andy


which month was the turn around? My car was built july 73, so I suspect that august+ was the later then?
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post Feb 15 2009, 04:29 PM
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QUOTE(dw914er @ Feb 15 2009, 01:58 PM) *

QUOTE(SirAndy @ Feb 15 2009, 01:42 PM) *

QUOTE(dw914er @ Feb 15 2009, 11:11 AM) *

QUOTE(Slick914 @ Feb 15 2009, 10:59 AM) *

This is good information. Maybe it would be better suited in the originality forum where it might be easier to find?

My 73 has an early top according to the info here. Is it possible that my 73 came with the early top or is it certain that it was replaced at some point in time? It seams to fit pretty good. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

im pretty sure my 73 has an early top too... if thats the case then thats the way my car came.


'73 was a transition year. If you have a '73 with a early top, i suspect you also have the early windows and mechanism, as they go together.
(IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif) Andy


which month was the turn around? My car was built july 73, so I suspect that august+ was the later then?



Add My '73 to the others with an early top, but definately the late model window mechanism. I've don't believe any '73s came with early windows, so it seems unlikely so many '73s would be running around with the early tops if they were incompatible. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif) (right back at Ya!) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/av-943.gif)

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QUOTE(rascobo @ Feb 15 2009, 02:29 PM) *

would be running around with the early tops if they were incompatible. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif) (right back at Ya!) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/av-943.gif)

I've got a late top and early windows and it does not seal right at all.

The top should match the windows ...
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PS: Maybe the transition year was '72, can't remember. Somewhere in there they switched windows and tops ...
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.....and there are seal changes as well. Hey Andy, didn't I give you a early top? Or was it a late?
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post May 9 2009, 09:06 AM
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Any yet another difference...the height of the rubber bumper
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QUOTE(computers4kids @ May 9 2009, 07:06 AM) *



Resurrecting (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

When using a late roof on an early car should the early rubber stops be switched over to the late roof? (I have 74 doors on my '71)

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post May 26 2014, 07:13 PM
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So which rubber block is early/late?
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post May 26 2014, 07:19 PM
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Looks like it's early on left and later on right.

If I'm not mistaken.
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post May 26 2014, 10:16 PM
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What about the weight difference?
Mine is insanely heavy to compare to one of friend's one.
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post May 26 2014, 10:24 PM
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Early doors are screw type and late doors are scissor type? Now I gotta go check my top too....
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post May 26 2014, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE(kkid @ May 26 2014, 09:16 PM) *

What about the weight difference?
Mine is insanely heavy to compare to one of friend's one.


I think it was mentioned recently that early tops are about 17 lbs. Late tops are about 4 to 5 lbs. heavier if I'm not mistaken.
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I had heard that there were two different types, but never did check into it.

I have two spare tops, but only have one in front of me at the moment. From what I just read, it appears to be an early one.

I'm pretty sure our '71 has the correct (early) top, being that it was purchased from the original owner, but this thread has me wondering about the tops for our '75. If a PO installed a tail shifter transaxle in this car, as well as some other questionable modifications and repairs (most of which I've rectified), it's quite possible it may have the wrong top(s) too (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

The smooth black top makes a lot of squeaking noises when driving on bumpy roads, even with a new rear seal. If I push up on the rear section, the squeaking stops. I don't remember if the tan (summer) top squeaks, but it leaked like a sieve in moderate to hard rain (IMG:style_emoticons/default/pat.gif)

Will be checking the other tops soon (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif)
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