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Old 01-05-2008, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've removed windshield trim and have read how to remove the drip rail molding with a bottle cap opener. How do I remove the trim around the vinyl top?

I'm pretty worried as there is way more rust than expected under the vinyl top. I know it's not rusted through, but I'm afraid it might be pretty thin. I think I'll post photos before I go through the expense of media blasting to find the roof is junk.
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont know for yours but my 66 coupe you had to remove the rear interior panels and lift up the back of the headliner by the package tray and there was 3 nuts there holding the trim on. Dont know if yours is the same but it may be close. Good luck.
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I am in the same boat. What should having one installed cost if you have a pro do it. I already have the top.
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I've removed windshield trim and have read how to remove the drip rail molding with a bottle cap opener.
That's not how the drip rail is removed on a 71-3. The drip rail is sandwiched between the weatherstrip channel and roof. Touch it with a bottle opener and you'll bend it all to heck.

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How do I remove the trim around the vinyl top?
You have to remove the interior sail panels and headliner to get at the nuts for the spring clips.

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I'm pretty worried as there is way more rust than expected under the vinyl top. I know it's not rusted through, but I'm afraid it might be pretty thin. I think I'll post photos before I go through the expense of media blasting to find the roof is junk.
Like I said, You southwest guys are spoiled.



That was my car the day I dragged it home. The whole top of the car was surface rust, front to back. I removed all the rust by DA-ing the beejezus out of it down to clean bare metal. It was then etched, filler primed and blocked back to smoothness. The bodywork has been done since '03 with no issues.
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Thanks Hemi. I've successfully removed the vinyl top, but haven't gotten to the drip rail moulding yet, thankfully.

For vinyl top replacement, this guy has a pretty good tech write up: Vinyl Top Install

In it he mentions these little clips, which my car had. After removing the nuts from the spring clips, you can slide the trim off of these little plastic clips:


After 35 years they can get a little dry and brittle so a few of them broke. He also mentions that these little guys are no longer in production, but Chrysler clips are and are similar enough. I found some here: Northland Fasteners . If you scroll down you'll see some clips similar to what's on our cars. You'll also see spring clips if you break some of those. I'm not sure exactly which one to use as there are multiple ones that look the same. They are affordable enough to buy different types and send back the ones that don't work.
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Thanks. Do you have any late pics of your car. I spent the day talking to body shops for a paint job and to the upholster to install the top. At $400 I may have to install mine myself.
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If you can see bumps from the rust through the vinyl then you are in for a surprise when you pull the old vinyl off.

Had this problem on my rust free CA car.
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If you can see bumps from the rust through the vinyl then you are in for a surprise when you pull the old vinyl off.

Had this problem on my rust free CA car.
Boy was I ever suprised when I pulled the top off. This thread has photos.
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Which way did you decide to go. Are you going back with vinyl?
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Which way did you decide to go. Are you going back with vinyl?
I plan on going for the Sports Coupe look. I like the color of 71steed's car. I'm considering putting on a black vinyl top. I quickly toyed around with his car in MS Paint to see what it would look like. I kind of like the vinyl top version myself.

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The silver with black stripes and Magnums look GREAT on these cars! Not crazy about the vinyl tops on these year models... but that's a matter of personal taste. I used a similar paint scheme on a 69 Coupe and then went back with the stock dark Red interior and made for a nice color combo. I also saw a 71 Boss 351 w/ the Pewter Metalic and red interior Very Nice.
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my 67 GTA coupe was rusted thru in some spots area around back and front glass were fine. It had 1/2 in dia holes. I did not know this when I bought the car, just thought the top needed replacement. My shop used a fiberglass marine grade filler and thin foam pad that applied. came out perfect. It was expensive though.
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