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07-16-2019 12:20 AM
spiderserie4
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Originally Posted by SkiBum View Post
Just for info, I don't use the clips on mine. The two shoulders/ brackets hold it just fine!
exactly
the top boot with those hard wings/shoulder do not use those silly clips.
It is plenty tight as it is.

just a note regarding the 'metal' replacement forks: I bought one to replace a broken original plastic one....riveted it on and when trying to fit it over the frame bar, it just wouldn't fit nicely and would work its way back up just with the tension of the boot cover (apart from scratching the hell out of my frame!)...the plastic being slightly elastic grips far better and stays put.

My tip, stick to the plastic type...they might break again after 20 years use, but big deal.
(you can tell if they are still the originals on your top boot by the rivets...the factory rivets are always wonky, as in the photos in post 11 above!)
07-15-2019 06:57 PM
alfaporsche
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Hello, if Lawrencedesigns is not interested in the boot cover, I may be. Will it fit an '88 Graduate?
Hi Quartrsawn. Sorry but Lawrencedesigns is taking it. Al

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07-15-2019 10:59 AM
alfaporsche
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Alfaporsche...PM sent
Replies sent. Al

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07-14-2019 10:01 AM
lawrencedesigns Alfaporsche...PM sent
07-14-2019 09:18 AM
SkiBum Just for info, I don't use the clips on mine. The two shoulders/ brackets hold it just fine!
07-14-2019 09:06 AM
alfaporsche
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Hello, if Lawrencedesigns is not interested in the boot cover, I may be. Will it fit an '88 Graduate?
I just realized, mine might not work if you have retractable seat belts. See the photos in my last post. There are three now on Ebay and one of the three (item no. 173940759345) has the slot for the retractable seat belts.

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07-14-2019 09:03 AM
alfaporsche I have this black boot cover that covers the parcel shelf. It does not have an opening for retractable seat belts. The good- vinyl is in good condition; the zippers work well; and it has all of the metal fastening pieces used to hold the plastic clips. The bad- it is missing three of the plastic clips (although you can find them sold by the usual suspects, including Centerline https://www.centerlinealfa.com/catalog/top-boot-clips , although they are currently out of stock) and one of the two bracket forks (passenger side) has one piece cracked off, although I have the cracked piece if it can be glued. Centerline also sells a replacement bracket made of metal to replace it (https://www.centerlinealfa.com/catal...t-bracket-left ). Honestly, since I never use it (have a tan one to match the interior), i am not sure if maybe the cracked bracket might still work. It seems that that bracket/fork is only is there for positioning, with the upper and lower snaps actually holding it in place.

If anyone can use it, PM me. There are three new on Ebay for around $400, but make me an offer if you can use it. Shipping from northern VA.

Al

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07-14-2019 01:24 AM
SkiBum
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skibum...I don't like the plastic clips along the back.
What I want is the late quad model that has the plastic side inserts and fittings for the rear "acorns"on the back.
The Centerline version is NOT that version. It is not a question of "putting it together properly."

Then they sent you the wrong one. The "late model" and the quad boot are virtually identical except for attachment design on the front of the boot by the parcel shelf. The only other option is the small, soft, earlier version that does not cover the parcel shelf.
Then they sent you the wrong one. The "late model" and the quad boot are virtually identical except for attachment design on the front of the boot by the parcel shelf. The only other option is the small, soft, earlier version that does not cover the parcel shelf.You know, sometimes it is difficult trying to decipher what someone is trying to say when they are asking for help. There certainly is no reason or excuse to be less than gracious and civil when people are trying to go out of their way to be helpful
07-13-2019 09:20 PM
lawrencedesigns David, that might be the solution. I have a nice set of brand new clips...perhaps that will work
07-13-2019 09:10 PM
David O'D Keeth, if you're objecting to the white clips with the protruding tail (see attached), the tail portion can be cut off. The white tails stuck out like eyesores under my black boot, so I cut them off with a dremel and brush-painted the raw ends with black paint for plastic.

The boot still snaps on or off easily, but the clips are invisible. 100% better.

David O'D
Laguna CA
07-13-2019 05:36 PM
lawrencedesigns skibum...I don't like the plastic clips along the back.
What I want is the late quad model that has the plastic side inserts and fittings for the rear "acorns"on the back.
The Centerline version is NOT that version. It is not a question of "putting it together properly."
07-13-2019 04:49 PM
alfaporsche
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Originally Posted by quartrsawn View Post
Hello, if Lawrencedesigns is not interested in the boot cover, I may be. Will it fit an '88 Graduate?
I'll try to dig it out, clean it up and take pix tomorrow. If it fits my 86 Veloce, it should fit an 88 Graduate.

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07-13-2019 01:33 PM
quartrsawn Hello, if Lawrencedesigns is not interested in the boot cover, I may be. Will it fit an '88 Graduate?
07-13-2019 11:38 AM
adowns
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Originally Posted by lawrencedesigns View Post
My wife says...no no. don't buy it.
Nice to see "my wife" rather than "the wife". Just a personal preference of mine. Nothing political intended.
07-13-2019 10:37 AM
alfaporsche
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OK OK..I know you are all tired of me rattling on about my search for a top boot.

I have sourced a great one of the larger Quad type, with all of the pieces intact. It's in the right color.

Problem? It is designed for the "passive seatbelts" and has the notched hole in the center for those belts.

I don't think it will bother me, and I probably wouldn't notice after awhile. My wife says..."no no. don't buy it..it will look so wrong with that big hole in the center."

Thoughts?
What color are you looking for? I have a larger black one (somewhere buried in my garage) that covers the parcel shelf that I don't use. Not sure if it's "quad" type or not. It's missing a couple of plastic clips that I cannabilized for my smaller tan one that I use, but you can buy those clips easily I think.

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