Buttress adjustment? - Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum
General Saturn Sky Discussion Forum for discussing general topics on the Saturn SKY.

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Buttress adjustment?

I had to put the top up in a rain shower, and now the drivers side buttress won't reach to the attachment point. Is there an adjustment, or special technique for this?

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Never mind, I found the answer: https://www.skyroadster.com/forums/f...estions-94475/ I need to get the proper driver for the adjustment screws.

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 03:06 PM
Moderator
 
JohnWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 4,798
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kansas Bill View Post
I had to put the top up in a rain shower, and now the drivers side buttress won't reach to the attachment point. Is there an adjustment, or special technique for this?
If it did work, and now it doesn't, you may just have something stuck, or it is possible that the cable has gotten mis-routed.

John
Lexington, KY
Sky NA 2007 Midnight Blue
Sky RL 2008 Carbon Flash - Naked
JohnWR is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
I had this once before in the spring, but it has been okay since, until today The top is normally down, and the rain is over, so top will be going down. I'll get the appropriate driver for the next time the top goes up.

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
On second look, the problem was that the end of the buttress was bent back. Good news- it bent back to position easily. Bad news - it bent back easily, and may break if this happens again.

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 09:12 AM
Senior Member
 
LAC Sky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Smithsburg, MD
Posts: 854
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 138 Post(s)
Garage
How did it get "bent" in the first place?
When storing the top in the trunk, not folding properly, something in the trunk preventing this?

Your said you had this happen once before.. in the spring.
Same type of problem? Mis-alignment of the buttress pins to securely lock in place?

Your can make certain adjustments to the top/frame, if it is out of alignment.
However if the frame is bent, then things could get interesting here.
New OEM ones cost a fortune, if you can find them?
Last quote I had was $3300.00 bills, but that was several years ago. I have no clue to what
they cost now. A salvaged one from the local salvage yard could be had, if you can find a fair price.
Then removing it, transporting it to home base garage, then removing your old bent/broken one and...
replacing it with the salvaged one is the tricky part here.

I think there is/was a thread on the forum about this. Solstice site, Rob the Elder maybe? I remember
a conversation with him about this issue. I found this thread: 19152957 top no frame by Emmett on 02/28/19.

We have a series of posts showing removing and replacing the top on PunisheR on the sol forum. two people, two hours. Very straightforward. You can pull the top in your garage, continue to drive your car while you deliver your top to the repair shop.

There is also a thread with lots of pictures where we fully disassembled a used top. A top autopsy. Having done that, I would not want to install a new canvas cover on my existing frame but I am told that people who do this for a living will do it but think more about $500 in labor.

If I were having this done I would replace the side sliding cables as they get a lot of wear and are relatively easy to replace when disassembled.

There is at least one shop in California who advertises Solstice and Sky top replacement. Ship it to someone who knows what they are doing.


* Go to the Solstice site, find this thread that ROBte is talking about.

This is what I call, part of the Big 3 for the Kappa, (1) Motor. (2) Top canvas/frame. (3) Body panels. Expensive.
Break out another thousand dollars give or take.


Only help I can offer here is some parts drawings of the top frame, but no break down of what can be
adjusted. There might be some info in the factory PDF on body panel adjustments?

LAC = permagrin smile from the Run to Conowingo Dam 2019 yesterday! Text read is up on profile page
under Albums. You-Tube posting link to follow soon.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	40539d1306183228-top-wont-close-folding-top-hardware-part-2-2m1400801.jpg
Views:	23
Size:	88.6 KB
ID:	105435  
Attached Images
File Type: bmp 43586d1357245518-convertible-top-problem-dislocated-top-frame-figure.bmp (1.12 MB, 19 views)
Attached Files
File Type: pdf 15651d1250006721-solstice-sky-body-adjustment-pdf-solstice-body-aligment.pdf (1.44 MB, 13 views)
LAC Sky is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
I have no idea how the part got bent. I don't keep anything in the trunk, and I will watch that location next time I stow the trunk.

I haven't seen the part on the drawing you attached. It is the part where the buttress locking pin is attached.

The top is starting to show its age - not bad, but less than perfect. In the old days I would have probably attacked this project, but I have quit working on my cars, due to health issues. I'm old, lol.

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 10:51 AM
Senior Member
 
TomatoSoup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Posts: 3,864
Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 505 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kansas Bill View Post
I haven't seen the part on the drawing you attached. It is the part where the buttress locking pin is attached.
Bottom left corner of that parts diagram - around parts 38-41.

Owner of "Campbelle", a Brazen 2008 GXP ... with mods piling up...
TomatoSoup is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Kansas Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Small town Kansas
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomatoSoup View Post
Bottom left corner of that parts diagram - around parts 38-41.
Yup, it's the part that 38-41 connect to that has bent. Doesn't look cheap or easy!

Kansas Bill
2008 Silver Red Line
Kansas Bill is offline  
Reply

  Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum > Saturn Sky Discussion > General Saturn Sky Discussion

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome