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Old 07-09-2004, 05:58 AM
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Rust under vinyl top

My current ride is a '65 Bonneville spt cpe with a 421. The only rust on the car is under the original vinyl top under the rear glass. The top is perfect and original and I would like to save it. The top is not cracked or dried out (I treated it with good old Vaseline to soften the material). I need opinions and how-to info. 421Bonneville(Frank in VA)

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Old 07-09-2004, 06:38 AM
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Getting the top pulled up without tearing it is the biggest challange in this job. If you remove the window moulding and the vinyl top trim. Then you can get under an edge. With a heat gun and a razor blade/scraper, seperate the vinyl top from the roof, peeling it back far enuff to do your repairs. Sometimes it helps to split the top at the seam, (then reseal it with clear silicone when re installed). Tape off or cover the underside of the loose top material so no bondo/paint etc. gets on it. After you repair the sheet metal and everything is smooth. Re glue the top pieces/body (contact cement) and CAREFULLY heat and restretch the loose flaps back to their original places. Be careful not to leave an edge under the vinyl where the old glue and new glue meet. just go lightly or it will show. But too little and you will get an air bubble under the top.

Back when ,I used to do this quite a bit when doing quarter panel and/or rust replacement.
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Old 07-10-2004, 11:02 AM
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rust under vinyl top

Sounds like you have indeed done this before. Now if only you lived in Virginia near the Chesapeake Bay.............Thanks much for the info. Frank
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