My73Vert
What a great site!
I've owned three bugs in my lifetime and decided this time I decided to get a convertible.

So here's the problem: The rear window is falling out because the particle board wood frame is falling apart. Anyone know if this is easy to replace yourself or should I go and pay for expert help?
So much bug, so little time
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Wayne
Here's a link to a page where a guy installed a top on his Bug by himself. It might have the info that you need included in his instructions and pictures.

If you think it going to be to much for you, take the car to a local shop that does convertible top repair and get an estimate. Complete top kits for your Beetle are available online all over the net.
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Precise1
Hey My73Vert. From what I understand, the top repair/replacement is not the easiest thing, but is still managable. I think is more about how handy you are, how patient, any sort of top/upholstery experience, and how well you research it. As I understand, this work is usually expensive when a shop does it, due to it being labor intensive. One recommendation, whether you replace the whole top or just repair the rear window, is to purchase the PVC replacement pieces. I have read that they have a MUCH longer life and are more flexible than the wood, making them easier to install, and they reduce stresses in the top by 'giving' slightly. Good luck !

Bernard
Measure twice; Cut once....
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My73Vert
Thanks! Anybody know who carries the PVC frame?

I figured that it would be labor intensive, and expensive to have a shop do it. But, if I can tile my bathroom floor, I figure I can replace a rear window.

ANYBODY who's done this before, please let me know any tricks that would make it easier.
So much bug, so little time
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Precise1
Hey My73Vert. Cant help you with the know how; I bought mine with a 3 year old top... BUT, here are a few places I found and I'm sure there's more... I believe the last two links also cary wood components so you can compare... Just back up the address a notch or two. Good luck, and consider taking some photos and doing a write up on it; I'm sure it would be appreciated !!

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/ProductDisplay/s-10101/makeId-1000148/p-2045/c-10101/modelId-1001826

http://www.vwinteriorsandtops.com/vwspecial.htm

http://www2.cip1.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=498

Bernard
Measure twice; Cut once....
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Tobra
Try chucks(chucks convertibles or something like that)
Keep in mind that rear window is a several hundred dollar item, I paid for mine when I got the top 10 years ago
'79 Super Beetle Convertible, Topline Sport+ springs and disc brake conversion. SS brake lines, KYB GR-2struts and Gas-a-just shocks
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