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Old 08-11-2019, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default California Top Complete + Cali Top Motor W/Brass Gear Upgrade

SOLD! Thanks to Everyone.

Decided to part out one of my Cali Top cars.

I posted the fully working California top and the cali top motor with brass drive gear upgrade on eBay for anyone interested.

Top is at:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254327852141

Motor is at:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254327876260

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Did you put much use on the brass gear? Did it work well? Much metal shavings or anything?

I noticed that the company that made them doesn't seem to offer them anymore.
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Did you put much use on the brass gear? Did it work well? Much metal shavings or anything?

I noticed that the company that made them doesn't seem to offer them anymore.
The brass gears seam to work great. No noise or any difference I could tell in operation. My daughter had the car and used the top often since we are in San Diego, the weather is good 90% of the time.

I bought a couple of these when they were available but they were not inexpensive $50-$60 plus shipping if I recall.

Thanks, Steve
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Would you be willing to sell one of your spare metal gears?
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Thanks for asking but the only other one I had was in a spare motor I sold last year.

So this is the only one I have left.

I have not priced one recently but I had read that the motor assembly was a $700 part from the dealer making a $199 motor (and gear) seem like a pretty reasonable deal...

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It's a great deal. I just already have a spare motor on the shelf.
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Hi. Stan from L.A. here. I bought a CA top recently, doing some engine work before I get it on the road. I saw your ads and decided to get the motor and brass gear as a spare. (Currently my top works okay). I made this decision when, on this thread, it is believed the brass gear replacements are no longer available. OMG. So, you'll see my purchase and PayPal payment. Shipping to Downey, CA 90242
I appreciate you posting here on 318ti.org and for the YouTube video.

May I ask, what is normal... does the CA top frame and canvass slightly curve or lay completely flat when viewed standing behind the car? The seller of my car said his fat cat would often sleep on the roof of the car. (My top appears flat.)

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Stan
It has a slight bow to make the rain run off. Test it with water and confirm it does not "puddle" in the middle.

Note that these tops do not completely seal but there is a "gutter" and four drain tubes to divert any water that does get in, out via the gutter and drain tubes.

Make sure the drain tubes are clear and it should function as intended.

Avoid parking under trees and/or be very careful about any debris getting into the mechanism/tracks.

I'll get that motor boxed and sent your way ASAP.

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