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J-hook

The POCF came with a sort of J-hook. However, I can't find anything down in the top bay that provides a place to hook it. Given that it's an aftermarket top, it's possible that it needs an accompanying bracket bolted in down there to have some place to connect.


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You could use a simple J-hook, as ALFA did on the last series of Spider hardtops.
Simplistic .. if not somewhat crude.
Attaching a hardtop to a 1985 Spider

This link may provide some ideas:
Hardtop ? Valve Chatter

If you decide to attach a latch to the top, you may find what you need on page 14 in this catalogue:
Europa Specialist Spares Ltd

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Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


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I believe Mark's pictures are in this thread (I found it googling for "ironblock 102 hardtop site:www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/1900-2000-2600-1950-1968/" where it showed up as the second link).

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Progress on POCF

I got the aftermarket fiberglass top back from Johnny's upholstery. I like his work. As this top didn't have a headliner originally, just a sort of stick-on foam, I fabbed side panels to make it look less like the bilge of a cheap bass boat, and picked a nice off-white headliner material. Well, Helen picked it. She's got most of the taste in the family.

The original hold-downs were crude, so I'm fiddling with ways to improve upon them. I'm pretty sure that the mid-point hold downs (just behind the seats) must have used a sort of tab-washer under the soft top pivot bolt. That should be easy enough to make. The front, being even more visible, I hope to convert to the toggle-over pieces as are on the soft top. An adapter plate will be required, but again, not a terribly difficult chore.

I've got the rear rubber cushion-seal in place (aircraft wing-root seal), and found a good looking side window seal that is now hammered into place. Looks good. I've not yet sorted out the forward seal. The piece used by Alfa for their hardtop won't work. A piece from a 750 soft top might. I've got a piece of that, but have ordered another 102 soft top front seal to see if that will fit better. There's almost certainly an American aftermarket seal that would match the original, but I've not run down that path yet.

The "chrome" trim around the rain gutters is a Boka plastic edge strip. It comes with a bead of glue inside, which is supposed to bond once it's in place. Hope so.

Anyway, today's first test fit turned up a few issues, but all-in-all, much forward progress.

"Tank" said he'd have the metal hard top done by March 15. I found on Thursday that he hasn't sent out the chrome to be redone yet. Any bets on March 15? Nah. Didn't think so.
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Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...
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