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Hello all,

 

I was told that my vinyl top is rare the way it was installed on roof from factory. I have the orig invoice showing 3/4 vinyl top ordered. But in my new restoration I got rid of it. I still have the trim that goes around the vinyl top.

 

I have never seen a mustang classic with this type of vinyl location. Can you guys confirm. Thanks

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Amer Salhi

 

1972 Mustang Coupe Blue ( Sold )

1970 Mach 1 Red ( Sold )

1972 Mach 1 Gold ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Mach 1 Green ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Vert Yellow

1971 Mustang Mach 1 Pewter

1972 Mustang Mach 1 Grabber Blue

1971 Mustang Fastback Red

 

 

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I think you made the right decision not to reinstall it. I'll stop at that in case you change your mind.

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Marti report dont show it. But my original invoice from the dealer in Meaterie, Louisiana shows it.


I was told its a dealer installed option.

 

Do you guys think it adds value to car?

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Amer Salhi

 

1972 Mustang Coupe Blue ( Sold )

1970 Mach 1 Red ( Sold )

1972 Mach 1 Gold ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Mach 1 Green ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Vert Yellow

1971 Mustang Mach 1 Pewter

1972 Mustang Mach 1 Grabber Blue

1971 Mustang Fastback Red

 

 

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Marti report dont show it. But my original invoice from the dealer in Meaterie, Louisiana shows it.


I was told its a dealer installed option.

 

Do you guys think it adds value to car?

 

in a word...No

Save the trim but would not re-install

 

+1

 

Dealer most likely had trim shop install. Common but usually not requested by buyer. Trim shops were adding a lot of stuff back then.

-padded vinyl tops and adding opera windows to cars not originally equipped. Sunroofs were also potential add-ons. Side rubber mouldings that ran the length of the cars were a quick addition to the sticker!!! They were supposed to reduce door dents...

 

 

Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

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Yup +2, if it is not on the marti report not factory " or hard too prove" and not worth reinstalling, plus the issues with rust.

 

Even if it was factory, only 2 reasons i could see anyone wanting to put it back on, is if you was wanting to make the car 100% factory original for car shows. or you happen to be one of the rare few who enjoy vinyl tops.

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It will only add value to your car if you are restoring to an "as delivered" condition from the original selling dealer...as long as you the original dealership paperwork to back it up.

 

And...whatever value it does add will be very subjective to a prospective purchaser.

I would venture to say that most people who collect, covet and care about these cars these days do not care for a vinyl roof on a "sportroof", whether dealer or factory-installed.

Your buyers would be a limited market if you chose to sell it.

If you are keeping it for yourself and if you like it...then put it on! It doesn't look terrible and is quite unique.

 

If you don't like it...which I assume you don't; leave it off.

Sell the trim on Ebay for a few bucks and let someone else who likes it have at it!

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yes i dont like it lol thats why i got rid of it in restoration lol

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Amer Salhi

 

1972 Mustang Coupe Blue ( Sold )

1970 Mach 1 Red ( Sold )

1972 Mach 1 Gold ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Mach 1 Green ( Sold )

1973 Mustang Vert Yellow

1971 Mustang Mach 1 Pewter

1972 Mustang Mach 1 Grabber Blue

1971 Mustang Fastback Red

 

 

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yes i dont like it lol thats why i got rid of it in restoration lol

 

Nice looking car!

 

Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

1973 Mach 1 (parts car)

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That's a very interesting vinyl top. I kinda like it. It's unique I'm sure it was installed by the dealer or out scorced to a shop that does vinyl tops. I wouldn't change it. It's very 70s.


Here is a Ford pic of what they look like. On some cars/color combos I think they look nice.

 

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Yeah thats what mine looks like. I love it it's so 70s.

Going fast is fun but life is short so slow down and enjoy the ride :D Frank

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if it was factory installed it might fall under the title of factory freak. I'm not being disrespectful there were some one off cars built with strange options like Bob Perkins Boss 351 with the Mach1 Hood paint. I remember an article in Mustang Monthly a few years ago showing factory freaks. Maybe your car is one of them.

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yes i dont like it lol thats why i got rid of it in restoration lol

 

In YOUR case I think it was the right decision! Awesome looking car btw. - like mine should be from the outside - but coming soon... ;)

 

Tim


Here is a Ford pic of what they look like. On some cars/color combos I think they look nice.

 

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That's exactly how mine came out the factory! I think the former owner saw that brochure in 1973 and wanted exactly THAT car on the cover. I am in the act of doing it again that way at the moment - just about the vinyl roof I am doubtful... But the longer I look at photos of vinyl roof sportsroofs I like it better and better...

 

The only problem if to reinstall would be the original trim - it was lost over the last decades... :s

 

Tim

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Personally, I have always felt a vinyl roof covering, which is an homage to the classic luxury coaches of days gone by is horribly out of place on a GT or street-performance styled car. The two styles are incongruous to me and clash.

But thats just me...not an important opinion, for sure...

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Personally, I have always felt a vinyl roof covering, which is an homage to the classic luxury coaches of days gone by is horribly out of place on a GT or street-performance styled car. The two styles are incongruous to me and clash.

 

A good point, Kit!

 

One more important view for me is that I have the feel that with the vinyl the roof looks shorter and the beautiful roof-line losts a little bit of it's elegance and endless length...

Tim

 

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Yeah, it does kinda clash but remember all the cool real muscle cars that had vinyl tops: Cudas, Challengers, Chargers. They all looked pretty cool with them.

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Theres a junk yard not too for from me with about 4 vinyl top 71-73 mustangs in it. Must have been a popular option around this part of SC. I would've ditched it too. I think they only look ok on white cars.

 

Any chances you could look after a sportsroof one there and it's complete vinyl roof trim I perhaps would need without any bigger efforts?

 

Tim

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Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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I don't think it was when he ran a Ford but Richard Petty actually had one on his race car. I think it was a superbird. It came loose during the race and they had to pull it off, lol. I ordered a 71 Maverick Grabber, Grabber green with a black vinyl roof. I was on one of my cross country trips when I came out of Death Valley California the vinyl roof got a big bubble under it like 2 feet in dia. and an inch high. It was hot.

Everything on a car has a cycle, wire spoke hub caps, wide whitewalls, blue dot tail lights, vent windows, high bumper guards each looks good on the car it came on but put it on one that did not and it just does not fit.

Great discussion,

David

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How about some facts to go along with this discussion...

 

1971...60,453 fastbacks and 150 had vinyl roof...<1%

 

1972...43,297 fastbacks and 866 had vinyl roof...2%

 

1973...46,260 fastbacks and 8,050 had vinyl roof...17%

Jeff

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8000 seems like a LOT of cars to have a vinyl roof. You sure it wasn't 800? That seems more likely...

 

And Chryslers were notorious for putting vinyl roofs all almost all "floor plan" (dealer inventory) cars for a good financial reason: less labor to finish sheet metal on top of vehicles on assembly lines, less paint needed to finish car. Saved considerably on manufacturing time and expense, vinyl roof added literally about $5 expense to vehicle, added about $100 to dealer invoice. That is why you see so many old Chryslers with vinyl roofs.

 

as Navin R. Johnson would say: "Oh! It's the profit deal!"

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8000 seems like a LOT of cars to have a vinyl roof. You sure it wasn't 800? That seems more likely...

 

 

The Mustangs by the Numbers book has 8000, when I saw that number a while back I sent an email to Kevin Marti asking him if it was correct and he confirmed that was the correct number. Still seems like WAY too many based on what you see out there and the fact that it is near impossible to find used trim for it anywhere.

Jeff

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