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rayl posted 10-13-2002 10:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for rayl  
All,
I have an 86 18OR and need to pull up the floor for various repairs, feul line, wiring, check for damage to backing, etc. I attempted to remove the T-Top, but found that the epoxy)or whatever was used to seal screws, has caused a bond to the floor. With all screws removed the top won't budge.

I read in the West Systems repair manual that heat might be the way to go. Any suggestions on how to apply heat without damage.

I have to remove this top to get to floor and don't want to simply use force to break the seal. Too afraid of damaging floor.

Thanks,
Ray

CaptCornchowder posted 10-16-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for CaptCornchowder  Send Email to CaptCornchowder     
Ray, Contact George Donovan at Marine Retrofit. {860} 388-0699 He installs these all the time, he will know.
Web Site marineretrofit.com
rayl posted 11-04-2002 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for rayl    
CaptCornchowder,

Thanks for the contact. He told me to use a heat gun and a putty scraper to complete the task.

I put a little heat on it the tapped the scraper under it to break the seal. Worked like a champ. FYI...make sure you have at least one screw in the base before freeing the final post. Even on a level surface the T-Top wants to fall backwards.

Thanks for the help.
Ray

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