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850 Spider Optional Hard Top

My 850 Spider has the optional hardtop, but I am missing the latch that attaches to the hardtop at the header. It is the latch that reaches down and clamps onto the piece o the windshield frame. The vinyl of the inside of the hardtop appears to have an impression, along with two holes, that is not like the inline holes. See the attached photos. Does anyone have a photo of the correct latch, and do you know if it is the same as was used on the 124 of the time. Thanks.
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Re: 850 Spider Optional Hard Top

Hi Bella68

I didnt have any of those either so i made two plates that fitted all the four holes once the chrome part on the screen pillar is removed. sadly i cant get to mine to photograph it at the moment.

I have spare glass for the hard top if you have an issue with yours.

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Re: 850 Spider Optional Hard Top

Thanks for the reply Tim. I suppose that is an option I could pursue, just making a fixed bracket. Were the holes in your hard top the same orientation as shown in my picture, with the 2 mounting holes horizontally, instead of vertically? It's funny that neither of our cars had those clamps.
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Re: 850 Spider Optional Hard Top

Hi Bella

yes my bolt holes match yours, i guess fiat didn't want the over centre clamps fitted on the hard tops so they cant be randomly undone, so its solidly bolted on.

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Re: 850 Spider Optional Hard Top

Interesting. So you are saying that the hardtop catch mechanism, is not really a movable catch, but a fixed bracket that joins the two, and cannot be easily/readily removed? Do you have any photos of what this bracket originally looked like? I'd also be curious to see a pic of what you did.
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Re: 850 Spider Optional Hard Top

Hi Bella

i dont think ive ever seen an original set up, as i said sadly i cant get to mine at the moment to photograph it but i will when i have a chance.

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