Does my 1965 GTO Convertible have to be running to raise and lower the top.

Asked by GuruM743V May 30, 2020 at 11:27 AM about the 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 1965 GTO. It won't start so I am having it towed to a garage. I
want to put the top up in case it rains, but it does not go up with the key
turned to the accessory function Is there something wrong or must the
engine be running.

If something is wrong, should I force it up manually or could I do damage?

3 Answers

Is the battery weak? Try turning the key to the running position. Don't force it.


With a strong battery you should be able to operate it without the engine running. I believe you can open it manually but it should be done slowly and carefully and you will need a helper so it can be lifted up and pushed back evenly to avoid bending things. I can do that with mine (although it is 30 years newer and they're not all the same, so be careful). Specialty shops like will be able to give you some guidance as well if you need it.


Put it a fresh battery or use a quick starter to provide power and it should work from the dash switch.

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