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Old 08-19-2007, 09:54 PM
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1965 Mustang vinyl top

I just bought a 1965 Mustang to fix up, but it has a vinyl top (cracked, but not torn) and I hate vinyl tops. Has anyone ever remove one from an old Mustang and just painted? Good idea or bad idea?

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I have removed two and if that one is anything like what I ran into both times (one of these was a 68 the other was a 66) you may be in for a bad surprise as the top may be badly rusted under that vinyl. You may not have any rust and I truly hope you don't but if that top has been on there since the car was new it very well may be rusted.
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If it is rusted underneath there (most cars with vinyl tops I have seen are), the top needs to come of to repair it anyway. Rust never sleeps and only gets worse over time.

That is part of why I hate vinyl tops.
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I will begin removing it sometime this week and I'll keep you all posted on what I find. Any tips or tricks I should know before I begin? Whats the best way to remove the window trim?
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Around the windshield and backglass the mouldings should be held on by clips. Normally are on older cars. There is a special tool you can buy and its not expensive. You rotate it under the molding and the tool catches the clip to release the moulding from the clip. Not sure on the trim, think that might be bolted on accessed by removing interior panels.
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That molding tool is a heck of a lot cheaper than new molding which is what you may need if you try to remove it without the tool. The window molding just snaps on and can be removed by rolling it upward, I use a pair of special pliers with nylon padded jaws but you can probably do it with your fingers. Just a word about that molding, if you do need a piece or a complete set because of previous damage or missing pieces the "repro" molding sets are JUNK and I mean JUNK!! They will not fit properly and most are not even curved anywhere near the shape of the windshield/backglass opening. Most damaged molding can be saved by gently bumping/tapping out small dents/kinks and then buffing with stainless compound. I usually wet sand scratches and tiny imperfections with 400 through 800 and sometimes 1000 wet/dry paper and then buff most times making it look like new. I mention this about the molding because damaged/missing molding is really common on these cars and rough and/or repro molding simply ruins the looks of an otherwise nice car. Replacement factory moldings can almost always be found used on Ebay and it is surprising how often NOS parts are available but a buffer usually makes the old parts shine like new.
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correct tool is $10? at napa

http://links.vintage-mustang.com/FAQ...w_removal.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1K9wq1IsU

do agee with old red....the repo-stuff is so thin and soft just your thumb pressure engaging a "stubborn" clip can flatten it when installing...

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Thanks for the tips on the trim guys. I'll pick up that tool this afternoon. I would never have thought to look on YouTube for advice.
Even though I haven't removed the trim yet, the suspense was killing me to see what was under the top, so I've removed as much as I can. I must be one of the lucky ones, because I only have some surface rust along the seam on the drivers side and other small spots here and there. It's just starting to pit the metal. No weak spots and no holes. I'd post pictures, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. Thanks again to everyone for the helpful advice and tips.
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correct tool is $10? at napa

http://links.vintage-mustang.com/FAQ...w_removal.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1K9wq1IsU

do agee with old red....the repo-stuff is so thin and soft just your thumb pressure engaging a "stubborn" clip can flatten it when installing...
great youtube link!!! i spent half a day buying that tool at napa and figuring out how to use it 2 weeks ago. 10 seconds coult have saved me 5 hours!!!
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thanks techron....but "ain't no way" I was gonna try to explain how to do it!!!!

cms, here is a pic' of the actual clip....the bent part is captured/holding over the tiny rolled lip of the trim piece, you pull/twist only hard enough to release that bent edge over the lip

likely you will need some new clips...plenty cheap from any of the resto-parts houses

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Since your car is a 65 it could have the clips held on either with stainless screws or steel studs welded to the channel. the studs will sometimes break if rusted and if you lose one or more of the studs for what ever reason you can use the screws to hold the clips on, they work just fine.
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Do you guys have a favorite online parts supplier, or at least someone you've had some good dealings with, and have you had any luck with eBay?
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for some parts suppliers info....come join in on this thread....

need good website for '72 Mustang parts...
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