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    I have read several posts over the past couple years about Coffman Corvette in Mansfield, Ohio (www.coffmancorvette.com). Some of the posts were positive, some were not. I'd like to share my experience with Coffman.

    As part of building my 61 Corvette resto-rod, I purchased a stay-fast material convertible top and new remanufactured frame from Coffman. The top came already mounted on the frame. I did this on the recommendation of a local Corvette restorer who had used Coffman frames and tops on C-2's he had restored.

    The installation of the top wasn't too bad, since it mounts with just four bolts, but trying to adjust the top was one of my more frustrating experiences of the build (third behind installing the windshield frame, and then installing a custom wiring harness). I had trouble getting rid of the sag in the frame joint above both side windows at the same time, and also closing the gap between the top and the rear deck lid.

    After several phone conversations with Clint Coffman, along with emailing him pictures of the problem, I was able to eliminate most of the sag problem, but not close the rear gap. I learned from Clint during these conversations that because of the four bolt mounting configuration, C-1 tops are often more difficult to adjust than C-2's, and that in order to properly align the body of my C-1, I should have aligned the body to a hard top after setting the body back on the frame and adjusting the shims to set the gaps. Since this was my first Corvette build, and my car showed no evidence of ever having a hard top, I was unaware of this step until I talked with Clint.

    Clint was very patient and courteous with me during several months of phone conversations and emails. He offered to recheck the fabrication of the top if I shipped it back to him, and also to come adjust the top if that didn't help.

    Last week Clint and his father Ernie came to my house in South Carolina and in less than 30 minutes, Clint had the top properly adjusted. Clint told me during the visit that it was very seldom that they couldn't solve the problems over the phone, but in the very few occasions they couldn't, they were willing to make the trips to their customer. I have not had this type of positive experience with all the suppliers I dealt with during the build. In my case, at least, Coffman stood behind their product and literally went the extra mile to demonstrate outstanding customer service.

    I hope you'll take this experience into consideration if you're in need of a convertible top.

    Marc

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    Although I've never used them,I've heard Great things about them!!

    But I think they need to get a hold of there Web Master!!
    I wouldn't let the grand kids read below at the bottom of the page!!!
    It's got so it seems to me that the Internet has created a lot more Horses A$$'s than we have Horses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmjunkie View Post

    But I think they need to get a hold of there Web Master!!
    I wouldn't let the grand kids read below at the bottom of the page!!!
    I called them yesterday and they've got it fixed!!
    It's got so it seems to me that the Internet has created a lot more Horses A$$'s than we have Horses!
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    I also have used Coffman Corvette....I am fortunate to live close and dropped off my frame (which was a disaster) and then later brought the car down to have it mounted by them....here is Clint making the adjustments







    came out great and I would reccomend them...

    BUT, after having the soft top on and getting it home with the top up, the rubber on the soft top will rub the soft top deck lid (uh oh). I was able to rub it out and have bought the funky clear plastic thingy to put down on the deck lid to protect it. BUT, I haven't had the soft top back up since I got it. I will be glad that I have it if it starts to rain someplace, but in the meantime I haven't put it back up out of fear of putting rub marks from the soft top seal on my clear coat and the soft top clamps putting marks on my window frame...

    While I was at their shop, Clint's dad showed me around their place and he has a garage with about 8 or so BB mid years in it......nice little stash of cars waiting for someone to come and restore them.....good people

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    It's nice to hear a good report on a shop. Thanks for sharing. I've had my top out of the car several times and it can be a problem to adjust if you haven't done it a few times.

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    I need top for my 61 vette and will for sure check with them when I get ready. It always nice to here something good . Ace

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