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  1. It's time to replace the soft top on one of my TC's. I want a tan Hartz cloth top. For those of you upset that this was not a factory option, there is counseling available. A local shop which has done a nice job on some automotive reupholstery for me has quoted a price of $1,100 for the top and $400for labor. I am ok with the labor $, but the price for the top seems high. Since they would be willing to install a top I provide for $400 I'd appreciate suggestions. Thanks. - Nile
  2. The best adhesive I've come across is 3M black super trim and gasket adhesive. It's not cheap - close to $20 a tube, but it works better than anything else I've tried. If you get it, make sure you get black, not clear. It's readily available at most auto parts stores. I had two TC tops - one in excellent condition with a broken rear window and another with a good window but a well ventilated top - so I used this adhesive and did some stapling here and there. It has held, however I doubt it would hold up to constant use.
  3. It can be difficult to reach the valve stems in the original wheels. Any time you have a tire mounted make sure the valve stems are long enough so you can reach them with a normal air chuck, but not so long they stick so far they get damaged.
  4. Recent discussions on our forum and an April Car & Driver column entitled "Educated Guess" which was anything but that, really got me thinking about our cars going forward. The columnist was urging Stellantis to drop the Chrysler brand, one of his reasons being that they might import some PSA models as Chryslers. He said "Done wrong, that could mean badge engineering of the Chrysler TC by Maserati sort." Where to start? First the TC is about as far from being "badge engineered" as any car can be. It may share a platform with some other Mopars, but it does not have a rebadged partner vehicle like say the Volare/Aspen or Celebrity/6000/Century/Ciera. Second, if mere platform sharing is your criteria for badge engineering then just about EVERY current Toyota fits the description. It just seems too many people take gratuitous shots at the TC. Why? When new, there were some justifiable criticisms: 1). It was too expensive - okay, guilty as charged, but how is that a problem 30 years later? Seems to me , if anything, it's a plus! 2). Too many parts shared with Chrysler & GM vehicles - again, 30 years later, that's a plus. 3). Too many parts are one-off and hard to find (so what's the problem -parts are too common or too rare?) - I have not had any problems finding parts for my 16V cars as there are quite a few vendors, many of them on this forum who keep us supplied. 4). Poor quality control - again that may have been true 30 years ago, but a lot of that related to the automatic transaxles and the Teves brakes which have either been sorted out or have decent work-arounds. If you want a stylish, comfortable and, yes, reliable, convertible that won't break the bank and will appreciate in value, what are your options? If you want a modern, comfortable convertible what better option is there than a TC?
  5. Thanks - wish we were about 300 miles closer! A lot of my experience with buying & selling has been learned the hard way. I guess the best bit of advice is not to look at what sellers say, look at what they don't.
  6. Plumbinguy - looks like you got a real keeper there -nice purchase! The white 16v currently on EBay looks like a dealer car. Odometer issue, no pics or mention of soft top, no pics of undercarriage so can't tell about leaks. Interesting choice of words on the brake system. Still, this car "vibrates" better than the black one, even though it's not that ideal color combo. The cars&bids car did seem to go too cheap - not sure if there was an issue with the car or just the wrong venue. At any rate, never, never sell without a reserve.
  7. Another plus would be better air flow around the brakes.
  8. There's a competing site to BringATrailer called Cars&Bids. I don't know anything about them, but was looking over their site and they seem to have a lot of unusual, low production vehicles from the 80's & 90's, especially European.
  9. Hey Rick - Thanks to you, too. Probably the best reaction I got was at a track day at Watkins Glen. A young guy in a 318 who couldn't keep up wanted to know "When did they put a V8 in a LeBaron?" I thought for a few seconds about all the things I could say and then said "1989".
  10. Looks like a good buy if the car checks out. Typical concerns - odometer - no change in 20 years and ABS issue. No mention or pic of the soft top. Are there any oil leaks? Might be a flipper.
  11. Not sure which TC you have - if it's a 16v car the Getrag can handle any extra power with no problem. If you've got an 8v or a v6 - I'm not sure about the AT being able to cope, but there are many knowledgeable folks on this forum who will know. I would also be wary about making a change just in the boost without commensurate adjustments to ignition timing and advance, air/fuel ratios, etc. At the very least you might be confusing the heck out of your engine controller. Will the engine now run hotter, will you need different plugs, how about premium fuel? I installed Rick D's performance upgrade package in one of my 16v cars and after a few years I am still thrilled with the changes - a lot more power, better drivability and great sound, especially when you let off the gas or shift. It was an easy install, too.
  12. I agree. A big question, "Is the vehicle titled in your name?" If he has an open title, meaning a previous owner signed the title and the car has not been reregistered in a while, that could be a huge problem when you go to register it in your state. For example, in New York, you need specific documentation from the owner (name on the title) to you, which is not possible if the title is open. You might want to check with your local Dept of Motor Vehicles to make sure. The car looks nice, and may or may not be ok, but the paperwork could be an issue.
  13. I happened to see an 87 Monte Carlo LS the other day, and being the kind of person I am, my reaction wasn't "Neat old Chevy", it was "Those headlights might fit a TC". I did a little research and the 1986-88 LS (not SS) Monte Carlo headlights look like they might be workable. Has anyone ever checked them out?
  14. Car looks great - were I in the market for a third yellow 16v car, we'd be talking. Over the years I've found that minor, but obvious details can matter a lot. With that in mind I think adding the fender badges, installing correct plug wires and losing the "Maserati" script on the trunk would increase your chance of selling the car, particularly to a non-TC person. It's the right time of year to be selling a convertible and the TC is on a lot of folks' radar as a "future collectible". I really think you'll get your price, or very close to it.
  15. Only thing I can think of is mileage - a lot of the vehicles BaT sells have real or even unreal low mileage. I think the TC they sold in August had very low mileage, but an odometer issue, which is normal for a TC and was sold "true mileage unknown". From the standpoint of someone who likes to actually use his toys, I'd much rather buy a 30 year old car that has been driven a couple of thousand miles a year than one that has sat idle most of the time.
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