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Just purchased a 1970 Ford Galaxie XL with a controvertible top. The driver side seems to work fine but the passenger side seems to be slower or not working at all. I have a new cylinder but i do not see an easy way to replace other than pulling the entire top off the car to reach the cylinder.

Any advice on how to replace the cylinder?

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You don't have to remove the top from the car. Remove the rear seat base, back, armrests and side panels. The pump and both cylinders will be accessible after you do that. The pump is behind the backrest and the cylinders are behind the side panels. It is always recommended that both cylinders be replaced at the same time. After replacing the cylinder(s) run them out and in a few times before attaching the cylinder rod end to the top frame to remove air from the system. You don't want to operate them with the top connected at first in case they are jerky before the air is purged from the lines and cylinders.
Also make sure the top frame and bows are working and folding correctly. If you and a friend are on each side you can operate the top up and down fairly easily with the cylinders not attached. One person can do it too but it's heavy and awkward and you want to handle it gently because without the cylinders attached it is very flimsy. Just have a friend help and manually operate it slowly down and up, paying attention to the hinge points.
 
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