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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.
http://http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spider-1966-up/30782-attaching-hardtop-1985-spider.html

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

Don P
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).

-Ruedi
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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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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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POCF fitted

Got all the hooks in place, and have fitted up the POCF hardtop. It fits amazingly well. The original system used nasty hand-crafted, bent hooks with threads on one end to grab things. I've used the original style toggle-over grapples for the two side hold-downs, and just the hook and RH-LH nut system from the original style grapples for the front. I'm going to clean up the front installation slightly by making my own upper studs, but for now it looks OK, and works.

If this were to be my only top, I might have the convertible top tonneau cover modified with a small cut-out for the securing hooks. As 95% of my driving will be as a convertible, I won't do that. Keeping the clean lines.

I figured out a way for the toggle-over grapples to reach down and grab under the main convertible top frame rod. It seems quite secure, and again, no animals or original Touring components have been harmed or modified. I'll face a more difficult decision when I get the factory top done and have to consider drilling the hole in the upper skin for the hold-down bolt.

I've been leaning toward molding a new rear plexiglass window, as the original shows some age. I've polished on it for many hours, and it would serve, but crystal-clear plexi would be nice. However, I took a closer look today, and it is definitely a compound curve. The entire span is sort of bulged outward. That would require a substantially more complicated mold than a simple drape-over affair. More thinking to do. The new rear window sealing rubber should arrive early this coming week.

The emblem on the side was made by a fellow up in Canada who advertised on the BB that he was having his machinist make a run of 10" emblems just for fun. Being CAD driven, it was not a big deal to get him to make some in the same diameter as the cloisonne emblem in the middle of our grilles. The side hold-down grapple is attached at this point with a simple bolt through the side of the top. Inelegant engineering. By having the bolt go through this emblem, it hides the castle-nutted bolt head, and finishes it off nicely. Yeah - not even remotely mimicking the original top, but that's sort of the point. I can do whatever is necessary to make this one hold together.

Next on the list this week is to change the engine front plate in a manner that will allow me to put the original air cleaner in place, so I can test the new first-production plenum for the OKP manifold set-up.

Two freshly powder coated wheels are being sent off to Stockton wheel to be straightened. So, I've taken off the Pirellis for now, and back to the Dayton wires. The aftermarket hubcaps have been shipped back to Nuvolari Ricambi in Italy, as they were just crap. Delivered with major wrinkling around the sides, and slightly too small in diameter to fit without having to bang them so hard I expected to collapse the thin metal. Nuvolari admitted knowing about the defects, but didn't tell me prior to selling them. If you bought some from them, you might take a quick look to see the condition of yours.

I've shipped six OE hubcaps up to Art's in Seattle. They have good reviews, and I got feel-good from my correspondence with them.

Off for Mexican food.


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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


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From the photographs it is hard to tell that the top is not original. The emblem adds a nice finishing touch. The original rear window should be fine for occasional use.

Regarding the original hub caps, I noticed long ago that they were more or less 'fitted' to the three (or four?) retainer post on each wheel. If you turn the hub cap while holding it against the posts, you will notice a place where it sort of 'sinks in' or fits the posts. At this point, you can easily slide the hub cap over two of the posts. Then with the heal of your palm or a rubber mallet pop the cap over the remaining post.

One trick that I found to remove the hub caps was to use two or three nylon bicycle tire tools, which I sharpened a little with a file. They could be slid under the hub cap and two tire tools could pry the cap off without scratching the paint on the wheels.

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