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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 06, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Vinyl Top trim

I am planning to put a vinyl top on my 71. It was an original vinyl top car, but does not have any of the trim, etc. now. I just received my order of vinyl trim molding from OPGI and realized it is basically the trim, not the fasteners.
Does anyone have some info on what parts I need and where to get them to attach this pretty and expensive molding to the car?
Also, is the vinyl top material from OPGI top quality?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 06, 11:32 AM
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There is a guy on ebay that has an ebay store called Fasteners plus. I bought my molding clips from him and they worked fine. Not expensive either. I just put a vinyl top on my car but I got the top from npd. It is top quality and I'm sure opgi's is also.
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CAUTION__CAUTION---------The repo rain gutter mouldings will not fit v. top cars. WHY????? My problem was with my one owner 70 SS 454. I screwed up two sets of repo gutter trim @ 90.00 a set. Then I went to a Body shop to have them installed. I must be doing something wrong???? Now I am on the third set at a body shop. The body man said "The V-top lays in the bottom of the gutter then comes up and over the outside of the gutter the gutter trim holds the V-top in place. He told me "You have the wrong trim" Heres the RUB!!! ---Most repo gutter trim is made for NON-V-TOP cars. It will be to narrow to go over the V-top and clip on to the bottom. You may want to check to see if it will go on tight WITHOUT the top. If it will go on tight without a top It WILL NOT go on with a V-top. Try to find some OEM V-top trim. Yes I used the repo trim. and I had to cut the V-top and it is glued to the bottom of the gutter. Check all avenues before you get into a JACK_POT. Just something to think about. On 70 GM cars. "TWO" gutter trims = V-top Trim and Non V-top trim. A 70 V-top trim piece will fit loose on a non -V-top car. Bob "Make the gutters fit the trim"???????????
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Here's their site

http://stores.ebay.com/Fasteners-Plus

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Re: Vinyl Top trim

Thanks to both of you. I realized it was the molding clips I need to get and then after reading about the gutter rail trim, I am sure I will need to get the vinyl top style. I have nice ones on there now, but they are tight without the vinyl.

Any good suggestions on where to get the OEM style for vinyl?
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You're going to have to source out a good used set, no other way. I will back up what Robinls5 has said as well. There IS a difference in the mouldings. I measured and it is about 1/16"-1/8". Not much but it makes the difference of them fitting or you bending the hell out of them trying to get them on.

My '69 was a non-vinyl car and I added a vinyl top to it. When I tried to install the original drip rail mouldings ( which I had paid big $$$ to have buffed ) they absolutely would not go on. I tracked down a set from a '68 Beaumont that had a vinyl top, and they popped right on.

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That's what I was afraid of. Any ideas of where to start looking for good originals? I guess a set from a 68-72 A-body would fit??

One silly question, is it possible to cut the vinyl short of where the molding has to push down to, or will that cause problems?

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That's what I was afraid of. Any ideas of where to start looking for good originals? I guess a set from a 68-72 A-body would fit??

One silly question, is it possible to cut the vinyl short of where the molding has to push down to, or will that cause problems?
Any Chevelle or Beaumont will do from 68-69, other year Chevelles will be different. Not sure if 68-69 Buick or Pontiac will fit, hopefuly someone will chime in.

Yes, it is possible to trim the vinyl away from the drip rail area, but then you run the risk of moisture getting under the top.

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Hate to jump in on a 66 regarding the same situation; but maybe similar problems will help. Do the 66's have the same problem with the drip rail moldings? The collision estimator sheets I have from Oct of 67 seem to indicate the rear window reveal moldings 7580180-1 (L & R) are the same for vinyl or non vinyl top 2 dr hdt cars. And that there is a front and a rear retainer used under the moldings to hold the vinyl top.

Doesn't seem to indicate a difference in the drip rail moldings; but don't know if I am reading the sheets correctly. It lists a: Molding W/strip, Roof Rail 7628184-5 and a: Retainer, Rail W/Strip 7649434-5. Assume these are the L R drip rail moldings and the L & R retainers for the drip rail when equiped with a vinyl top. any help in clarification is appreciated? Thanks.
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Any one tried the ones from Ground Up? I just orderd a set last week and have not got them in yet. Sounds like I will be sending them back to

I to will take a set of oem's ..

3yrs and still not done..

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The '70 that I had in '77 had a non original vinyl top. In the gutter there was a plastic strip holding the vinyl down and the strip was held in place by the molding. I am sure that it was forced in past the trim so that the original molding would not need to be changed. I wonder if something similar could be done now instead of trying to find original moldings?
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What do you guys think about slightly removing (grinding off) some of the ledge that the drip moulding clips on to? Lar
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the 70-72's are different from 68-69's i do have good used ones if you guys are interested.as for buick's pont's and olds they all differ.
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Great info, I was wondering why mine fits a little loose, I yanked them off a 72 parts car that originally was a vynle top car.
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I'm also looking for the vinyl top set for my 71 and not having much luck yet.The 70-72 skylarks look close but not for sure if they will work or not.
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