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I recently cut the roll bar out the '63 Giulia Spider that my father raced SCCA in the late '60s - early '70s. I have the orginal frame fitted and am ready to have the new top intalled. But, there a pretty big gap between the curve of top edge of the windshield and the curve of the front edge of the convertible top (a rather large sold piece). It seems like the windshield is not at the correct angle (i.e. it should be raked sharper), but when I've had a specialist look at it, there appears to be little to no adjustment to work with on the windshield frame. Another reason the windshield seems off is that there is a gap between the front edge of the wing windows in the doors and the windshield as well....

Any tips or guidance would be much appreciated.

Michael
Portland, OR
 

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Maybe you have a 750 frame on a 101 chassis? The 750 frame would be shorter, front to back, if I understand correctly....

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The top frame may have some bent parts on it and that can make it come to the windshield at the wrong angle and cause the situation you describe. I had the same problem with my car, and I was fortunate to have access to another car with a great fitting frame and no top on it to compare the two. Some of my frame sections were bowed and needed to be straightened. (used C clamps and some 1/4 inch flat bars) Then some adjustments to the area in the back where the top bolts to the body, and the frame lined up square with the windshield

So if the windshield appears to be needing to be raked sharper, that is also the same as the top needing to come in from a higher angle. I bet some of the sections are bowed and/or the top mounting points in the rear spare tire area need adjusting
 

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So if the windshield appears to be needing to be raked sharper, that is also the same as the top needing to come in from a higher angle. I bet some of the sections are bowed and/or the top mounting points in the rear spare tire area need adjusting
Agree. My top never sealed that well against the windshield. When replacing the top a couple years ago, I tweaked several of the bows and the problem is gone.
 

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Just to agree with the other posts: there is no significant adjustment for the rake (angle) of the windshield, and the misalignment is most likely a combination of bent frame bows and possibly the way it is bolted into the body behind the seats. After you get the frame sorted out, make sure that the header piece has no holes in it (rusting through was common). Mine did, but I cheated and fixed it with fiberglass (I know, welding is right, but ....). And when you're ready to go with a new soft top, don't bother with using the gasket for the top to windshield that's available from most places, like Centerline. Although I'm a big fan of Centerline, and the gasket looked like a good design, there is NO WAY to get the ridge in the windshield frame to align with the gap in the gasket after the first time the top is opened. Trust me, generic flat gasket material (about 1/2" thick by about 3/4 to 1" wide) is what will work.
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It's also important to make sure that the top isn't fixed to any of the bows. It's supposed to be stretched taut between the rear bow (over the trunk hinges on a later 101) and the top of the windshield.

Jeffrey
 
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