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The rear glass has come unglued and the convertible top does not want to stay attached is there any way to fix this without having to replace the entire top?

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Try gluing it back together with 3M super weatherstrip and gasket adhesive, (you can get this at Auto Zone). This stuff bonds like crazy!!!! Follow the directions on the box.

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