EXAMPLES OF PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WHEN THE VALANCE WAS POORLY ADJUSTED OR INSTALLED

AFTER PULLING THE TOP TO THE FRONT FRONT CORNERS FOR THE INITIAL POSITIONING, THE VALANCE SHOULD BE SET ACROSS THE REAR BOW BEFORE FINISHING THE FRONT EDGE. DURING INSTALLATION, THE VALANCE SHOULD BE SET STRAIGHT WITH A MINOR ARC AT DEAD CENTER TAPERING OFF TO EACH SIDE BUT NOT HAVE AS MUCH OF AN ARC AS SHOWN. WIRE-ON CAN BE INSTALLED AFTER THE FRONT IS SET, BUT THE TOP ITSELF MUST BE SET AND AT LEAST PARTIALLY STAPLED AT REAR BOW FIRST.

EACH CAR WILL HAVE DIFFERENT VALANCE WIDTHS AND WILL NEED TO BE SET APPROPRIATELY. USE YOUR OLD TOP AS A GUIDE TO CHECK FINISHED VALANCE WIDTHS

BASED ON THE EXAMPLES BELOW, IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THESE ITEMS BE INSTALLED BY A PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION CENTER.

WE GUARANTEE PROPER FIT AND FINISHED APPEARANCE WHEN PROPERLY INSTALLED. INSTALLATION IS NOT DIFFICULT BUT METHODOLOGY IS KEY TO SUCCESS.

TYPICAL INSTALLATION WILL TAKE  A PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER 6-8 HOURS. DETAIL ORIENTED NOVICE INSTALLERS WILL TAKE THE NECESSARY ADDITIONAL TIME TO FINESSE THE INSTALLATION, RATHER THAN ATTEMPT A "QUICK" INSTALLATION.

THIS IS THE FINISHED APPEARANCE OF A PROPERLY INSTALLED VALANCE ON A 1967 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL (ARO pattern #342) SHOWN.

NOTE THAT THE VALANCE IS SET EVENLY WITH A MINOR ARC IN CENTER, TAPERING OFF TO EACH SIDE - VALANCE LAYS TIGHT AND FLAT.

 

1967-60 DART TOP AND GLASS IMPROPERLY INSTALLED BY CUSTOMER - NOT PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER

CUSTOMER WANTED A "CLEAN LOOK" AND DID NOT INSTALL THE WIRE-ON TRIM.

THE TOP WAS NOT STAPLED TO THE REAR BOW AT ALL - THE FRONT OF THE TOP WAS PULLED TOO FAR FORWARD, EXPOSING TOP EDGE OF GLASS.

 


1961-64 GM FULL SIZE WITH CUSTOM WINDOW.

 TOP AND WINDOW IMPROPERLY INSTALLED BY "PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER"

TOP WAS NOT STAPLED TO THE REAR BOW IN THE CORRECT POSITION - TOP WAS PULLED TOO FAR FORWARD , GIVING THE VALANCE TOO HIGH OF AN ARC IN THE DEAD CENTER. THE REAR WINDOW WAS ALSO INSTALLED TOO TIGHT ON THE SIDES CAUSING THE WINDOW TO PULL AWAY FROM THE TOP AT THE SIDES.


ARO FACTORY OE pattern 344 + 347  1967- 70   "B" Body

DODGE Coronet, X-RT, RT / PLYMOUTH Belvedere, GTX, Roadrunner, Satellite

NOT PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED

TOP WAS PULLED TOO FAR FORWARD (ALSO NOT SET EVENLY ON ONE SIDE) , CAUSING THESE WRINKLES BEFORE STAPLING THE TOP TO THE BOW. THE VALANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED EVENLY INTO PLACE AND SET BY STAPLES PRIOR TO THE FRONT EDGE BEING FINISHED. THE REAR WINDOW WAS NOT INSTALLED PROPERLY - CAUSING WRINKLES ON THE ONE SIDE.

(VALANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET AT APPROX 5" TO 5 1/4" DEAD CENTER, SLIGHT ARC TAPERING OFF TO SIDES)


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