Top Instructions for Auburn 851 Phaeton? Help!

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25 Jun 2019 12:20 #37596 by [email protected]
Thank you for seeing my message. The boot that came with the car did not match the pattern for the original. We have had a new boot made and will follow these instructions when using it.

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29 Jun 2019 16:54 - 30 Jun 2019 16:15 #37622 by johnmereness
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I have been putting ours down as follows:
Roll down the windows
Open rear doors to point of being unlatched
Unsnap the top on both sides.
Fold the rear window down into the top well/tray
Remove all the upper thumb screws around the center door pillars, but leave the lower pillar screw in and leave posts on. Loosen the windshield thumbscrews.
Lift top over the windshield pins
Scissor top to inside and pull all fabric up and out of way, while a person is on right and a person is on left side of car
There is a note about pads being nailed to center cross bow - if nailed to you will never get it to fold right.
Slide the top mechanism from sides to then be in the middle and ... behind the major bow at rear doors.
Reach in and unlatch landau irons and then fold the rear of top.
Wrap the mechanism that is at center door posts which is now in center of the pile of top (ie lots of little sharp points around this area).
Install boot
Remove the center pillars (I leave them in until end as if you get stuck in process you can gently rest mechanism on a post while figuring out your geometry.
Store all top thunbscrews parts in glove box or rear door pockets
You probably need a bag for the center posts - they are hollow and dent easily. (I store in trunk and do not recall if they fit in glovebox or not).

Up is the reverse and just be careful not to force anything and you have to watch close

By the way, the top was designed to be one man put down - (that is Curt's factory instructions and it can be done).

JMM
Last edit: 30 Jun 2019 16:15 by johnmereness.

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29 Jun 2019 18:26 #37623 by [email protected]
John, I appreciate your detailed instructions. It would be a real trick for one person to put the top down. Thanks for the help.
Vic Trino

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30 Jun 2019 16:36 - 30 Jun 2019 16:37 #37626 by johnmereness
Replied by johnmereness on topic Top Instructions for Auburn 851 Phaeton? Help!
The secret to getting top to fold low AGAIN IS: The top pads cannot be nailed to the bow that crosses over between the center door posts. The bow has a tack trip in it, but that is because of how they made the part and not anything else. Every single time I have ever helped someone put the top down we have had to pull out the staples (or nails) from the center bow between the center door posts - I see issue time and time again.

JMM
Last edit: 30 Jun 2019 16:37 by johnmereness.

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