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I'm looking for a first mustang project to get started on, and the best deal ive found, in the stage of restoration that id like, is on a 66' coupe. However, this coupe has a vinyl top from the factory, which would need to be replaced, and id much rather just remove it and go with the straight hardtop. So i'm wondering if anyone can give me any information on what is involved in taking off the vinyl roof and going back down to the original metal, is it as easy as tearing off the old vinyl and sanding until its all cleaned up, or is the metal underneath vinyl tops even the same caliber build as the straight hardtops? Any information anyone can give me on the process involved in this vinyl top conversion would be greatly appreciated. thanks
 

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Sometimes there is rust under the vinyl, then there are the holes for the chrome piece at the bottom of the side pillars at the intersection of the roof and quarter panel that will need to be filled. There may also be a chrome piece fitted into the drip rails that are rivited that will need the holes filled in. No difference in the base metal that I am aware of.
 

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Dudley summed it up! Here are some pictures of my roof; I had to remove the top because of rust :(.

I found out that using a heat gun was the easiest way to remove the glue. Because I like the look of it I reinstalled a vinyl top...

http://www.xs4all.nl/~gaknoord/sailp-l.jpg

http://www.xs4all.nl/~gaknoord/roof1.jpg

http://www.xs4all.nl/~gaknoord/roofcleaning2.jpg

Marc
 
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