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Old 01-08-2005, 11:04 PM
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So why did they use vinyl tops???

Excuse the question, but why did car manufacturers use vinyl tops? In a lotta cases they looked ugly, after a while rust builds up under them and bubbles up and they didnt really make the car "faster" or "safer" or whatever. Why did they ever use them then??



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Old 01-09-2005, 01:01 AM
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Well, some people actually like the looks of them but other then that no real reason. I have a 1978 Cutlass supreme that has a 1/2 vinyl top that I like but I also like them without it. As of right now it is waiting for restoration and I am undecided if I want to keep it or not. At the very least, I will replace it even though it is in good shape but I want to know if there is any rust under it which means I have to rip to off. My other dilemma is having to fill the holes and get the proper trim if I do remove it.
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Vinyl tops were for appearance. Gave the car more of a luxury look. There were two exceptions. The Plymouth Superbird and the Dodge Daytona had vinyl tops to cover the quick and dirty body work on the rear window change. And I have heard that some NASCAR racers tried them due to the improved arrodynamics. (Think golf ball.)
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The 1st cars were all "open" cars (roadsters).......I think that the vinyl tops were used to replicate this older look, to make cars look like you have a roadster, where you really didn't
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:50 AM
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Remember the "coach roof", you know, the fake convertible top?

Don't see too many of those anymore......
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Vinyl tops have also been installed after the car got to the dealer to hide hail dents.
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I have a 62 Nova SS with an aftermarket top on it. They were a dealer option back then, as I understand they were not available from the factory with them installed (someone in this forum may have more info on that). To me it looks terrible, but I'm stuck between removing it and keeping it.
I had a 72 Dart (great car) that my wife coated with crisco to make the top shine, it did for about 30 seconds until every bug and piece of dust within 20 miles landed on it. (armor all was way out her budget I quess).
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:59 PM
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I had a 72 Dart (great car) that my wife coated with crisco to make the top shine, it did for about 30 seconds until every bug and piece of dust within 20 miles landed on it. (armor all was way out her budget I quess).
I but that puppy shined like heck.

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That clears things up a bit. I heard that often times under the vinyl top there is NO PRIMER, just bare metal. Truth or ficiton?

What kinda things do I have to check for when looking at a vinyl top car. The reason I'm asking is that I found a Chevelle at the junkyard that runs and drives for 2k. I dont know the exact year, seems to be early 70's (71-73). It's red and has a black vinyl top. If the top has bubbles, is that an indication that there is a lotta rust under there?



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1st, i think vinyl tops were either to imitate convertible tops or just were thought to be pretty. and on some cars i like them, like your chevelle your lookin at

2nd: what makes you think any gm mfg ever cared about making a car last longer?

3rd. there's rust under it i guarantee ya. enuf to scare a halloween king
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Vinyl Roofs were a way for the General (and other manufacturers) to remove more money from the buyers wallet...The first car that I recall seeing a vinyl top on was a 62 Pontiac Grand Prix that Fireball Roberts drove as an advertising deal at Atlanta Raceway in late 61 before the start of the Grand National race (way before Winston Cup)
And, there was paint under there when it left the factory...
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My 62 Pontiac has a vinyl top....but there is no metal under it, just the roof bows....lol
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I had a red '68 firebird with a vinyl top.

it was very sun faded and I could never get it to look black. I tried armor-all, etc. It would look good for about a day, then look grey again.

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is there a tuturial somewhere here or a book somewhere that shows how to install vinyle, phantom and ragtops,,,
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Poncho was correct, goes back to "coach building" days. They hand made bodies, didn't have metal presses so easier to stretch material over a wooden form to make a nice curve.

As a "styling" option, it just never did go away cause high end "cabriolet" cars had it way back when.

Easy way to draw your eye to the "pretty" roof line first or hide a ugly roof depending on colors.
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