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Vinyl top or not? #2678764
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Can you guys give a thumbs up or down on whether I should replace the top with a new one or just remove and paint body color?

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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678769
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Put on a new top

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: 340SIX] #2678781
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I vote for a new top.

Without vinyl for comparison:

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John

Imagine a '73 Satellite Wagon picture here. 😁
Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: 340SIX] #2678782
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if you can afford it, and like it, sure. Don't see them anymore. Great looking car!


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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: basketcase] #2678784
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Vinyl top sure looks better , just make sure whom ever does it preps it correctly. up

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: basketcase] #2678785
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Looking for the no vinyl top pic, I came across this one (with vinyl) looks tough to me! thumbs

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Not sure how well the chin spoiler would hold up in the city though.....


John

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I think you guys have hit it on the top. I was going to remove the side trim as well to give the look of a low option cop car, but it looks like the vinyl top affords it a unique look.
Thank you.
PS. This car gets mad love all over and so far has received five serious offers to buy. I'm not selling. It's a cool good running car.
Hoping to give it a full body paint in the Winter. Same color.
Trying to find a reputable upholsterer here in NY to redo my front split bucket/bench seat in the original gold color.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678787
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You know, I just realized that these cars are excellent candidates for twin turbo set ups up front. Lots of room and low bro look for the ultimate sleeper. No! I'm not going that route. A friend of mine just got a '71 Charger at Carlisle and I'm jealous. LOL.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678790
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There are a few of us here that LOVE 4-doors. beer

I'd keep the vinyl top as well.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: Alaskan_TA] #2678796
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Then the censuses is in. Vinyl top it is. Now to find the place that will do a good job. Big city blues. LOL.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678799
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Vinyl that bad boy Lee, and with the paint a toss in tight 360 and duals poking out from under the rear bumper...πŸ˜‰

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678800
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My 1970 Sport Satellite sedan came with a Gator top.

The staff at Legendary Auto Interiors worked with me, I made a pattern for them & they made one for me. beer

Not cheap in my case, but the end result will be well worth it.

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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: shakerjoe] #2678806
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You've got my drift Joe. 360 will be built to bone stock specs and thrown in by Winter of 20/20. Perhaps a small arm in the motor won't hurt, but I do want to drive it everywhere including Detroit and back with the A/C pumping.
Alaskian A. Man, that gator top is tops. Would that come in most any hue of color? Funny, I was wishing my car came with a gator top just before you posted. Imagine a Mod Top in a beige hue.

Lovin' this car. It got more attention at Carlisle then all the Kardashian siblings combined. LOL.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: Alaskan_TA] #2678807
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Depends... what’s lighter, the top and trim, or the bodywork and paint... grin

I say keep the top.


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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: fullmetaljacket] #2678811
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Gator tops started with black vinyl that was then dyed to achieve the 'marbled' brown appearance.

Over time, the dye faded & only the black was left.

No other color was ever available on Gator cars.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: shakerjoe] #2678812
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Hopefully going to Detroit in a couple of weeks for the cruise and gonna get the duals installed there to be ready for the 360. Nothing big, just a 2"1/4 head pipes and exhaust ending at 2" tails just peeking out the rear. Don't want to start a lot of street fights here in the big Apple.

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Okay then, I'll spring for the original or close to original tan vinyl top as it is now.

Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: Spaceman Spiff] #2678815
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At your age it's NOT a good look going "topless" whistling

I will call my Man and let you know.

VM left. Anything else needed on the seats,headliner or door panels??

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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: hemi-itis] #2678833
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Will the vinyl stay on with twin turbos? eek

Might want to look into some Richard Petty style gator cowboy boots biggrin


Almost forgot, I vote yes on the vinyl.

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Re: Vinyl top or not? [Re: jcc] #2678838
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No twin hair dryers for me.

Yes on the Vinyl Top it is.

Thanks guys.

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