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My convertable top decklid on my 1989 corvette will not release

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SOURCE: 1989 cabriolet convertible top

Don' try this yourself unless you are VERY confident... I have seen many $500 kits RUINED by amateurs... Go to a shop that has proven experience with Cabrio tops, they are tricky to get just right!

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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SOURCE: just bought 1990 Corvette convertible w/Hardtop

All I can do is suggest as my 'Vette's are older.

If my research is correct, I did find that the decklid latch mechanism is released by a cable. The cable probably has stuck in the cable sheath, due to years of neglect, (Failure to periodically lube the cable. Hint/hint)

You need to manually release the decklid mechanism.
Now bear with me, as again, my 'Vette's are older, ('70 and '76), and their seats tilt forward.

If you can tilt the passenger seat forward, perhaps you can get in there and lube this cable through it's sheath. (Use penetrating oil at first. I would then remove the cable, and clean it, then lube it, after getting the decklid open. Lube? White Lithium in a spray can)

Then try to pull the latch mechanism in the direction the cable would pull it, to release it.
(The cable may be broken?)

Yes! Whoever does this feat of magic, of getting to that decklid mechanism, will look like a contortionist! Hit the jacuzzi afterwards! lol!

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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SOURCE: 1991 corvette convertible top deck clicks / inop

I have a 1991 convertible Vette and I had a simular problem. The top would release from the deck, but only the driver's side latch would release on the deck lid. What I discovered is a small bracket that is held on by a retaining washer clip and the clip had come off. Went to the hardware store and bought a new one for $ .50 and remounted the bracket. The manual release for the deck is located behind each seat, pull towards the center of the car.

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All I can do is suggest as my 'Vette's are older.

If my research is correct, I did find that the decklid latch mechanism is released by a cable. The cable probably has stuck in the cable sheath, due to years of neglect, (Failure to periodically lube the cable. Hint/hint)

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Now bear with me, as again, my 'Vette's are older, ('70 and '76), and their seats tilt forward.

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