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Technical 49 merc. vinyl roof /complete top

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by bsa_bob, Aug 1, 2014.

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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  2. Nitrobaron
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 65


  3. Not a big fan of vinyl roofs, but just thinkin some Lincolns of that era had them.
  4. Find what is causing the spots and repair that, any pics ??
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  5. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 670

    Steve Ray

    The '50 Mercury Monterey came with a vinyl top from the factory.

    Nope, I still don't like it.
  6. Same problem with mine. So I finally bit the bullet last month.
    Stripped it in one day. One day of prep, then one quart of paint to respray it.
    So I was down for three days. Cost me $100 and it's done right.
    vinyl roof. In my opinion NO. What's it going to cost? No easy to go back either.
  7. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 5,525

    Special Ed

    Band-aids on cancer won't cure the disease itself. Fix it right, don't just cover up a flaw. You'll feel much better knowing that you did it right.
  8. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,685

    Dick Stevens

    I used to install vinyl tops and I would vote NO, they were OK on cars during the 70's and 80's but don't belong on a 49 Merc
  9. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,477


    If I saw a chopped Merc with a vinyl top, my first impression would be that it was covering a bad chop. I think I'd cut the roof off and do a Carson top instead.
  10. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    No. It would take away from the overall appearance and make it look odd.

  11. What he said.
  12. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    I don't think so either-------------
  13. snopeks garage
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 555

    snopeks garage
    from macomb MI

  14. teejay99
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
    Posts: 356


    Fuggetaboutit !
  15. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,671


    As cool as I think it would be to have a stock but chopped Monterey I couldn't do if fore the sole reason everybody would think there were issues under that vinyl with the chop and that just wouldn't fly with me...
  16. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    I believe that makes it unanimous.

    Must be a first for this site.
  17. Wanted opinions -and i gotem! The top would just do this again i am afraid.w/o stripping the mud out and replaeing with allmetal type filler .Ido appreciate the no'
    s also.thanks bob s
  18. yes it sure does!! thank you all bob s
  19. Please don't. HRP
  20. Damn!!! I STEPPED ON SOME toes here with this post? getting it redone[top only] every few years don't sound good to me.Maybe will just sell it .
  21. luckystiff
    Joined: Mar 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,465


    wanna see how fast you can makit completely rot out? if yes go ahead and put a vinyl top on it. if no then fix it RIGHT. dig out the filler and cut out anreplace bad panels and repair them correctly and be done. i've pulled vinyl tops off ot cars and had pieces of roof skin come off with the vinyl where moisture trapped and rotted it out...
  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,089


    All I have to say is remember every one of those mid 70's vinyl roof cars that you have seen with the cure the problem and will sure draw extra attention with guys trying to figure out what flaws you covered up.
  23. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Sound like the filler may need to be too thick.

    May have to evaluate what it's covering.
  24. yes!!-- hats what i am thinking! abit to thick
  25. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,557

    Kiwi 4d

    Just had some friends that pulled the vinyl top off their Monterey Merc as they thought it was rusty underneath but it was the old glue. The Vinyl won't be going back on, not pretty.
  26. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    If that's the case you may want to consider using "kitty hair" fiberglass reinforced filler at first, bringing up the surface somewhat near where it needs to be.
    It is waterproof (unlike regular filler) and resists cracking in thicker applications (but doesn't sand very easily).
    Then skim on a quality product like Rage over that (sands like a dream).
    This is, of course, in lieu of fixing the sheet metal work which necessitates such thick filler.
  27. plywude
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 700

    Member Emeritus
    from manteca ca

  28. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,549


    Oh no. Please don't do that to a 49 Merc.
    If you do, the other Mercs at a car show will talk to each other and say bad things about it.
  29. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Do what you must if you want to keep the car. Ford and Mercury had vinyl tops available in 50-51. Why not be different if it solves your problem?

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