RE­MOV­ING THE SOFT-TOP

Land Rover Monthly - - Mark Dixon -

TAK­ING THE can­vis tilt off is an ob­vi­ously sim­ple job that most of us do when­ever the weather war­rants it. But be­fore re­mov­ing or even re­leas­ing the tilt, care­fully scru­ti­nise the con­di­tion of the can­vas for holes, signs of rot, failed stitch­ing, and for holes de­vel­op­ing where it’s worn against the frame and other parts. The best way to spot small holes and weak seam stitches is to look up from in­side on a bright day, check­ing for day­light com­ing through. If the can­vas is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, con­sider fit­ting a new one af­ter the re­build. They’re im­prac­ti­cal to re­pair ex­cept for in­di­vid­ual tears, and wa­ter­proof­ing is not a long term so­lu­tion. Af­ter re­leas­ing the hood all round, it will pull off neatly from the rear. Fold it care­fully and store in a dry place with noth­ing rest­ing on it. This small hole near the front seam of the tilt could be patched, but nearby stitch­ing is fail­ing and the can­vas is no longer water­proof.

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