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I have a 67 coupe that is an original vinyl top car. Needless to say it has some rust holes in the top and they need fixed. What is the best way to repair them? Should I get a new top and replace the one I have or try and graft in parts of a roof where the holes are? There are holes near the front and some toward the rear but not around the window. Any suggestions or pictures of projects would be great! Thanks in advance!
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You'd either have to get a roof from another 67 or 68 coupe donor or patch the holes. Patching them will depend on how bad they are and how good a welder you are.
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Thanks!! I've found a couple complete roofs and another I can get sections from. The car is 600 miles from me but I'll try to get pictures and post. I will be putting a vinyl top back on so I could get away with using some filler to straighten things out. Thanks again!
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Just make sure you paint the roof before putting the top on.Most of the car makers just glued the vinyl over primer that is why it rust out so easy.
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Once the holes are patched and everything is smooth then it will get a couple coats of a product made by KBS that is similar to POR 15. No more rust!
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Here's a picture of the area I need to patch. You can see the pitting as well.
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Personally, that looks like just a couple of smaller holes. Depending on how far you want to take this fix, I'd blast the top to bare metal (or if you can't just use a wire wheel or something to that effect to clean it up), and go get some sheet metal at a hardware store and just patch those two small holes. Now, depending on how bad that pitting is (since I can't see it in person), if you're after replacing that whole front section, then yes a parts roof makes more sense. However, you said you're already planning on just smoothing it out with a little filler and treating the roof prior to putting another vinyl top on, so if the pitting isn't bad, I'd just clean up the roof, patch what's needed, smooth it out, treat the roof and proceed as planned.
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Stang - Thanks! My concern is there is damage down the roofline toward the windshield. The area where the holes are is worse in person and everywhere it appears to have pitting is soft. Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I've seen the 65 - 68 roofs are the same in the front but the 65/66 is different than the 67/68 in the back half. I can get a complete front section from a 66 cheap. Would I be able to cut and replace the skin or will it take more than that? Thanks in advance!
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Not sure about the dimensions you said, but if the front is soft like you say, I'd clean it down to bare metal like I said to see how thin the pitting really made it. If it's bad, if I were to attempt the repair, I'd take it back to where the roof has the cross-bracing inside the car that goes across the middle so I would at least end up with a firm brace that my weld travels along. I'd also be very careful how close to the front edge I went to the windshield and the a-pillars, as I wouldn't want to disturb the structural integrity of the car. If you do replace half the roof, measure half a dozen times or more and be absolutely positive what you're doing before cutting so it doesn't end up looking like a hack job.
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I went to a salvage yard today and looked at a 67 roof and how it could be done. It "appears" that if a person pulled the center cross brace (it's just tack welded in), cut the "skin" off inside the body line of the top and just the top of the top, then the patch could be put in from the inside then welded. I need to get to the car and take some measurements but I think that would work since I wouldn't have to disturb the actual support structure of the top. I may be way off but it looks doable. Time to find a junker and play.
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That doesn't look too bad. Be sure the rust hasn't invaded the frame beneath the roof skin. If not, you just need to replace the roof skin if it is as soft as you say.
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I found a guy in Lincoln, Nebraska who is selling a complete roof. He is in the resto business and in the ad he said he does replacements all the time and says they are "easy." For him, yes but maybe he can tell me how to do this. it looks easy enough to me but you never know until you get into this kind of thing. i don't think the whole thing needs replaced becaus just the front 10-12 inches is pitted and soft. My friends who know more about the body repair stuff say otherwise. I'm at a huge disadvantage with the car being 600 miles away. I'll be back there in 3 weeks and will know more then.
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