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We are working on finishing our car this summer. Specifically the Top then painting it. It already runs great.

I have a question about the top. We have decided to go with canvas due to several reasons (yes we know that's not the original material) such as a better ability to put the top down and up. The question is what kind of canvas is the right kind for a top. We have next to no money so we want to go as cheap as possible but we don't know what weight we need and whether it need to be tight weave or not. thanks for any help provided.

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Welcome to the forum. You will find lots of help here if you ask.

Question? Do you have the top bows?

It is not really the cost of the top material, it is mostly the labor to construct and fit to the car. Almost everyone uses Stayfast. But here is a good description on all the various manufacturers and their materials. convertible tops, soft tops, car upholstery, truck upholstery, convertible top repair parts

The expert trimmer/top maker on this forum is David Coco of Winchester, VA. You can send him a message on this forum. His alias is trimacar.

Good luck, and post more pics of the car.

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Make sure that the person who's installing the top understands the mechanics of this era top.

In your side picture, note that bow 2 (let's count bows 1-2-3-4 front to back) is too low. When installing the top, the pads and/or straps will pull from #4 to #3, then on to #2 to keep both bow 2 and the side irons high, hidden behind the sides of the top.

If the installer doesn't use the top and components to stress the bows and irons correctly, you'll have sagging side irons and the top won't have the correct profile. A quick search of the Internet for top images will show many such sad examples.

I owned 4 early DB cars, great reliable cars.....

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You are probably right about the irons but it could also be the bows. We had a friend give us a set of bows and we have some amish bows and modified them so we could use them. We would love to use the correct bows but we don't have the money, so we do what we can. Thanks for the help!

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