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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Smilin Jack, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Smilin Jack
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    I'm starting my Model A coupe build and need advice. Should I do a metal roof or replace the black vinyl? I'm painting cream orange and like the look of the black vinyl against the orange but replacing with metal might be easier. I'm not chopping or channeling and the body itself will be close to original. Somebody give me a tie breaker opinion.
     
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  2. scrap metal 48
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    Did this to my old coupe for about $60 and a weekend...
     

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  3. Smilin Jack
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    Thanks, looks great. I'm not sure how good a job I can do of the vinyl top though. I want a neat job. Of course, not sure how neat a job of the metal top I could do either. LOL
     
  4. Vergil
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  5. gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

  6. jimbousman
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    Here's one I saw on this site a few weeks ago.
     

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  7. Smilin Jack
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    Vergil,
    You're a true craftsman. You gave every detail I wasn't sure of. My black top will look great on my cream orange coupe. Thanks so much!
    Jackie
     
  8. boutlaw
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    I filled my 31 coupe roof with a 72 Maverick roof insert, but now I think I would prefer the vinyl, especially if I could slide the roof open or remove it easily on nice days. Options are always nice.

    BOutlaw
     
  9. Smilin Jack
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    Boutlaw,
    I'm not sure I could get a smooth metal top on my car. At least vinyl is easy to remove if I make a mess. LOL
     
  10. Vergil
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    Gary ... Jack ... thanks

    Vergil
     
  11. Gumball
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    I filled the roof with the roof off a 65 Dodge Dart, turn in backwards and it fit so close that we didn't have to do anything but weld it in.
    Have fun..
     
  12. charlieb66
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    You can do an imitation vinyl top over a filled metal roof. The joint between the visor and the panel over the door can present a problem, I think it is best to weld this joint no matter what roof you chose.
     
  13. papajohn
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    I think filled metal roofs on Model A's look goofy. I do like the idea of the slider, it looks cleaner than a snap on, and more fun then a stock type vinyl roof.

    Just my 2cents.
     
  14. Canuck
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    Using Vergil's as one of my inspirations, I have all the stock style wood framing. Tacking a metal filler (668 Chevy full size fits great with no re-shaping) around on the inside of the raised bead. Cover with some closed cell foam then install stock style vinyl same as original. Bend up some repro aluminum trim to finish all the edges and install on a sealer base.

    Canuck
     
  15. Smilin Jack
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    Vergil,
    Your build post gave me a bit of confidence. I tore off the vinyl top that was on my car. It was a very bad restore job. Some of the top wood is bad along with the front header wood. I can replace that with no problem. The arched cross wood pieces were not arched anymore but were sunk down. A little oak will solve that problem. I'm definitely following your build and gonna go for it. Thanks.
     
  16. Vergil
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    Jack with your outlook it will go great ....

    Vergil
     
  17. Smilin Jack
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    Vergil,
    I'll post pics when I get started. I'm sure I'll have questions . My top metal was surprisingly good. I though it was a rusty mess but it turned out to be mostly brushed on paint from years ago. LOL
     
  18. bgaro
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    good choice
     
  19. Tnomoldw
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    :)Keep smiling ,Smilin Jack ! It going to be a good project..:cool::D
     

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