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Projects 33’ (1) Removing old Top

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 33Doll, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. 33Doll
    Joined: Sep 27, 2019
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    33Doll

    Saw old threads on here about original tops, and some Guys had questions about the Original Tack strips, and Roof Trim. So did but couldn’t find alot, so I thought I would share, as I discover what’s Under it all! My Pop Re did the the top back in the 80’s, so it lasted along time, so now its my turn! Luckily It have a bunch of the Cobra Grain Vinyl left So Im good on that!
    Enjoy Rick! IMG_7917.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG IMG_7923.JPG IMG_7927.JPG IMG_7929.JPG Adjustments.JPG IMG_7946.JPG IMG_7947.JPG IMG_7949.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG IMG_7955.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG IMG_7964.JPG
     
  2. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
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    good pics! thanks for documenting this, quite often its all gone when building from a wreck
     
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  3. 33Doll
    Joined: Sep 27, 2019
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    33Doll

    Todays Progress:
    Everything came off nice, no issues except for one bolt on the very last crossbow broke off in the Factory
    Nut-insert which is normally not a big deal, but since I’m keeping my tack strip in place you can’t get to it so I came up with a little idea, and drilled a tiny hole to put break-loose penetrant.
    and used a cut off wheel to expose some of the threads, so I could get a good pair of vise grips on it, and work it back-and-forth, back-and-forth almost ran out of material on the Bolt, But finally got it out without drilling, yay!

    Also, I’m going to fix all the cross bows, re-glue them and I think I can fix the dome light board, I know there’s aftermarket people that build wood but it’s expensive and the wait time is months, and also who knows how accurate it is, nothing better than the original. Plus I’m broke!
    Enjoy! IMG_7981.JPG IMG_7981.JPG IMG_7985.JPG IMG_7986.JPG IMG_7987.JPG Adjustments.JPG IMG_7989.JPG IMG_7990.JPG IMG_7995.JPG IMG_7996.JPG IMG_7997.JPG IMG_7984.JPG IMG_8022.JPG IMG_8024.JPG IMG_8033.JPG IMG_8041.JPG IMG_8040.JPG IMG_8039.JPG IMG_8034.JPG
    Thanks Rick
     
  4. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
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    from so cal

    Does anyone have a good solution for a tack strip where the soft material in gone?


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  5. 33Doll
    Joined: Sep 27, 2019
    Posts: 871

    33Doll

    Couple more pics for the day
    I’m Done. Vacation is over Back to Work tomorrow! Bummer! Gotta Pay the bills!
    Taped up the edge of the chicken wire, so it doesn’t poke holes in the black mat I’m going to put first, on the bows, then the wire, then the cotton then the new vinyl.
    I don’t want to see the chicken wire from the inside who knows when I’ll have a headliner if ever!

    IMG_8044.JPG IMG_8045.JPG IMG_8048.JPG
     
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  6. dudley32
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
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    Just in time for me...I plan to start on my '33 Tudor top soon...thanks for posting
     
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  7. 1932tub
    Joined: May 31, 2005
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  8. Show your repairs to the wood bows, and dome light, please. I will need to do similar repairs to my 34 Victoria project. Your car looks like a sound body to work with.
     
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  9. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
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  10. 33Doll
    Joined: Sep 27, 2019
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    33Doll

    Thanks RV
    I saw this ad when I was looking for information before, and it’s cool, except for the after market snap-rail stuff.
    It reminds me of the Juliano’s top kit, which works for people who have nothing I understand, I’m just thankful and glad I have the original top trim.
    ( I have been offered $2500 for that trim, but I said no way!!) I think my car is the only one that has chrome. my dad had it plated 35 years ago, and still is decent.
    I like the low level flush look instead of sticking up. I was thinking you could put that same type of matting in the original tack strip, or roof channel if you still have it, and then still use your original top trim if you have that. My tack strip is still is there, but it’s kind of flaky and has a few divots here and there, so I’m gonna fill it level with some roof/crack sealer that we use at work called Sikaflex. It hardens pretty nice, but still pliable enough to hold staples I think. we shall see??
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  11. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
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    from New York

    Great job and even better documentation! I know it's what they did back then, but I wonder how the radio reception was by using the "chicken wire" as the antenna?
     
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  12. Snipe
    Joined: Oct 21, 2005
    Posts: 79

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    Thanks for all the pix. I've always wondered how the tops were built. Great info.
     
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