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Post by Remy-Z on Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:57 pm



(I've scraped off the rust, I've got small holes here, dime-sized)



Both windshield and rear window frames are pretty bad, the back windshield was held in by about 5" worth of clear RTV. I've got absolutely no skills working with metal, but I really want to save this one.

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:03 pm

Any holes?

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Post by Remy-Z on Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:11 pm

Yeah, esp. around the passenger C-pillar where it meets the lower body, the rear window frame in the same area, and a couple of pinholes in the front glass frame...

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Post by Limey SE on Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:12 pm

buy the donar car yogreasy spoke of you wil have much more into this one trying to fix it

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:50 pm

Vinyl tops look good, IMO...but are evil. I have some rust under mine. It's barley visible, but if you look at the top of my roof at the right angle, you can see it. Glad I only have a half vinyl top...

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Post by Hydro King on Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:18 pm

Ouch.
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Post by hotrodredneck on Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:43 pm

that suxs!
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Post by hotrodredneck on Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:44 pm

did you crack the winshield removing the trim?
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Post by Remy-Z on Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:45 pm

Yep, twice. It also had a rock chip and a previous crack not of my doing.

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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:56 pm

Heres my suggestion, Fix all the holes, use fiberglass to fix the windsheild and rear window frames, get them semi straight. Buy some POR15 and prep and paint the entire roof and buy another vinyl top to install. Then worry about it agian in about 30 years when the fiberglass finally rusts out.
Oh and paint with POR15 before and after the fiberglass to seal it in. Theres also eastwoods rust encapulator which does an equally excellant job at stopping the rust.

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Post by IndyG3 on Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:38 pm

Aaaargh! My eyes! pirat

That makes me scared to take the vinyl top off of mine. It looks alright, but some of the adhesive that holds on the trim pieces is starting to pull off some of the top layers of the vinyl... Sad
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Post by McCauley5983 on Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:15 pm

dont never put a vinyl top on your car unless you plan on building a trailer queen or a garage ornament. in my opinion they are not ment for drivers and start to look really crapy after a while. the damage is bad but it can be fixed i see it done all the time you just have to decide if its worth it

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Post by badbiscayne66 on Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:51 pm

Vinyl tops are cool on some cars I liked them back in the day!!!!
Used to keep vasoline on them worked good looked good unless it was a particulrly windy dusty day!!!! Very Happy
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Post by yogreasygramma on Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:21 pm

POR-15 has some kind of vinyl roof treatment/sealant. I have a couple bottles and will put it on a couple cars come this spring (well, according to the calendar it's already spring but it's not!).
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:35 am

74MonteCarlo wrote:Vinyl tops look good, IMO...but are evil.

*nods*

Amen!

I really don't like vinyl tops, but, ironically, 3 of my 5 MCs have 'em Sad.


I'm afraid of what mine look like underneath the vinyl..... *shudders*



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Post by Remy-Z on Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:29 am

Well, it's gotten worse. The passenger side C-pillar is all but completely disconnected from the body, there's a series of holes on the top just above the rear windshield, all the lower metal under the quarter windows is shot, and I've found so much factory body filler that I'm no longer shocked that GM is currently in the crapper. Things are not looking good.

Pics later.

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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:45 am

Have you considered making a convertible out of it? That would be cool! I dont remember if you use the car for daily transportation or not, but if you just put a custom made hard fiberglass toneau cover over the back seat, simular to the 1963 T-Birds, instead of a working cloth top, that would save a lot of work and look good too. JB
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:45 pm

anyway you look at it, its best to just put the vinyl top back on....

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Post by badbiscayne66 on Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:53 pm

You can fix it if you have a little fab skill and some patience!!!!!
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Post by Remy-Z on Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:31 pm

badbiscayne66 wrote:You can fix it if you have a little fab skill and some patience!!!!!

Patience I have...it's the skill I'm lacking at. I can rewire it, I can paint it, but I can't metalwork worth a ...

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Post by badbiscayne66 on Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:34 pm

Good to learn on somthing you proly can't make worse......and if you have to you can get close and put top back on....will hide a lot
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Post by Limey SE on Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:21 pm

badbiscayne66 wrote: you can get close and put top back on....will hide a lot
why not thats what the factory did why cant you ??

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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:48 pm

Remy-Z wrote:Well, it's gotten worse. The passenger side C-pillar is all but completely disconnected from the body, there's a series of holes on the top just above the rear windshield, all the lower metal under the quarter windows is shot, and I've found so much factory body filler that I'm no longer shocked that GM is currently in the crapper. Things are not looking good.

Ouch ... that is disheartening. Sad



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Post by The Dude on Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:35 am

Before you get too discouraged, let me find some pics of an old 74 Celica I redone with fiberglass. It was worse off then yours, & when I sold it you would have thought it was rust free. All it takes is some patience, fiberglass, & as little bondo as possible. Bondo is some bad stuff after a couple of years.
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