How to Install a Hardtop on a 1991-94 Mercury Capri

Updated on January 16, 2019
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Perrya shares his experience working on his own Mercury Capri.

A Capri XR2 with a hardtop. Nice!
A Capri XR2 with a hardtop. Nice!

Your Mercury Capri will wear out much faster as a convertible than with a hardtop, since it is always exposed to the elements. Also, a hardtop makes the ride quieter and, because of its design, provides much better visibility when looking around. So, consider in investing in a hardtop if you plan to keep the car. Even if you don't, a hardtop will increase the overall value of the car by $600 or more.

You can have a hardtop installed on your 1991-94 Mercury Capri for $800, or you can do it yourself.

What You Need to Do It Yourself

  • The hardtop weighs 75 lbs, and can be shipped for several hundred dollars by a trucking firm. UPS/FedEx will not do it.
  • Your hardtop must have three retaining bolts, one for the right and left side, one for the center. These bolts are several inches long and should be present in the hardtop bottom since they do not come out easily. If you are missing any, buy them from a Capri parts store. You cannot install the hardtop without them (since they hold the top to the body!).
  • Also, you must have two header bolts, which should be behind the sun visor. If they are missing, these must be purchased also, as they hold the top to the windshield header.
  • The only tool you need is a hex rachet wrench or hex tool of 6 mm.

Hardtop bolts needed
Hardtop bolts needed
The black hole is missing its hardtop retaining bolt because its support bracket is missing. Make sure they are present when buying a hardtop.
The black hole is missing its hardtop retaining bolt because its support bracket is missing. Make sure they are present when buying a hardtop.

Step-by Step-Instructions

Installing the hardtop is easy, and can take less than ten minutes.

With the soft top down and inside the compartment, locate the hardtop electrical connector on the driver side and make sure it is exposed (this with connect the rear window defroster, if you want it).

1. Remove the two header bolts from behind the sun visors.

Header bolt location behind sunvisor
Header bolt location behind sunvisor


2. Remove the trim covers by lifting up the convertible top storage lid. The trim covers are on each side. Remove the single trim cover located on the storage lid to expose the hole.

Location of center and side bolts
Location of center and side bolts

3. Assuming the retaining bolts are in the hardtop, remove them with a 6 mm hex wrench.

Remove the center cap to expose hole
Remove the center cap to expose hole
Trim cap removed exposing driver side hold down on hardtop.
Trim cap removed exposing driver side hold down on hardtop.
removing the trim cap to expose hole for bolt
removing the trim cap to expose hole for bolt
Fastening with hex wrench
Fastening with hex wrench

7. To hide the bolt heads, replace any covers you have, for example the side trim cover.
8. If you want the rear defroster to work you will have to connect it to the electrical system. If the rear defroster is connected, you need to also remove the rear window defroster switch from the dash, just left of the clock. Then, connect the rear window defroster relay under the spare tire cover.

9. Using two people, lift the top onto the car and position it using the holes as a guide.

10. Position the top on the header so the holes line up as well.

11. Tighten the five bolts for a secure fit.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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