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New owner of a TC that was given to me by my grandfather. Tried to take the hardtop off today for the 1st time. I flipped the front levers and the front of the top came up with no problem, but the back seems locked down. I can tell there are pegs that go into the body of the car, but are they locked in somehow? Is there another switch I should be looking for to release the back of the hardtop, or is it maybe just stuck because of the rubber seal (it was sitting in a driveway undriven for a year).

Also, what is the wire/line that connects the hardtop into the tonneau cover? Related to removing the hard top? I haven't able to inspect the softtop for its condition, or even if the lift works. Are parts for the softtop mechanics available through Chrysler or would I have to see out an old TC that's being parted out?

I'm also looking for a owner's manual for the car. Anybody have an extra? It's a 91.

Thanks for any help.

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The wire you're refering to is the rear window defogger for the hardtop and must be disconnected before removing the hardtop. On the left side behind the drivers door are 2 switches. One is to release the metal tonneau and the other should release the rear of the top. This switch should also pull down the soft top once you put it up.

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The owner's manual top supplement has instructions which are not the best, but the TC America newsletters contain instructions how to remove the hardtop and stow the softtop without breaking the very expensive rear window. Check your back issues.

There are numerous sources for both the instructions and also the top pull-down motor which may need replacing if the top pull-down release does not work. A manual release is also available via the trunk.

Larry

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Had the same "issue" when I first got my 91. The electric release whirs, but doesn't unlatch. I use the manual release exclusively now. In the back center of the trunk, there's a little slit in the carpet. Behind it, is a nut that needs to be turned with the lug nut remover on the jack handle. Counterclockwise for release, clockwise for latch down.

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Alan is right. The manual release is not designed to be used as the "normal" mode of release, nor should the hardtop be removed or installed without a second person. If you push too hard on the manual release, the assembly bends so instead of $100+ for the motor, housing and gear, you will also be paying for a new mechanism. Chrysler's low list price is $750. Used ones are less of course.

Karleen at the TC America club (the sponsor of this forum) sells very nice hardtop lifts and roll-around carts for the hardtop.

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Thanks for the info. I own one of the hardtop storage devices sold through TC America. I've got a helper for that, but have found a way to latch and unlatch the soft top by myself. Will be extra careful until I can get ahold of a replacement.

Seems weird, though, since when I got the car, the top had been removed once by the previous owner, and the motorized release doesn't do the trick.

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Once the motor has stopped whirring, have you tried to lift the top? On our '89 there is a slight "ping" as the motor stops whirring, but the top itself doesn't move. With my steadfast helper at the ready though, we can lift straight up and the top will lift clear with just a slight hitch. I decided the top is just too heavy to see any actual movement when the pull-down releases.

A word of caution on the top rack sold by the TC Club -- its a quality built rack, and well designed, but I've found that the brace against the back can pull out of its sockets at inopportune times then you've got a real problem. Happenned to me yesterday when I took the top off for the summer and had the top neatly tied into the rack. The wheels caught in a crack in the garage floor, the top tipped forward just enough to lift the rear brace out of its sockets and all of a sudden I had the full weight of the top coming down on me. I caught it, but I got a pretty good scratch on the top.

Moral of the story -- move the top and rack very carefully once you release the wheel brakes!!!

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This may seem like a stupid comment, but you said you unlocked the levers near the windshield, right? What about the levers on each side beneath the "portholes" ? I've been guilty of forgetting them once or twice myself. Also, (another stupid comment I'm sure) make sure your windows are rolled down when attempting any raising/lowering of both the hard and soft top.

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Only the early built models have the side latches. Later build cars had improvements like no side latches, different seat material and design, top pull-down changes and numerous cosmetic and suspension changes.

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