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1953-1962 Corvette Shop Service Repair Manual

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02: 1956-1957 Corvette Convertible Top Operation


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Optional power equipment consists of an electro-hydraulic unit, comprised of a motor, a pump and three hydraulic lift cylinders. To raise the top, a button, located just above the package compartment, is depressed to release the safety catch on the top compartment lid. The control knob, located beneath the instrument panel, is then pushed in, actuating the electric motor. Hydraulic pressure transmitted to a lift cylinder raises the top compartment lid.



When the top compartment lid completes its upward travel, hydraulic pressure is routed to the lift cylinders which raise the top and finally to the original cylinder which close s the top compartment lid. Straps at either side of the convertible top are unfastened, allowing the rear roof bow to fall in place.



Bright metal latches are engaged at the top front header and rear compartment lid, completing the operation. To lower the top, latches are released front and rear, the rear roof bow is lifted and secured, and the folding top release button is depressed to release the safety switch. The control knob is pulled out, initiating the lowering operation which is the reverse of that already described. The safety catch on the top compartment lid is easily secured by hand pressure. A mechanical safety switch is provided so that when the rear deck lid is open the top will not operate. In absence of the optional power operating mechanism, the top can be manually operated.



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