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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1965 Deville Restoration in progress in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I don't mind telling anybody that I HATE vinyl tops. They look nice when they are new but they will ...
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    Re: 1965 Deville Restoration in progress

    I don't mind telling anybody that I HATE vinyl tops. They look nice when they are new but they will always disappoint you someday. My 66 Olds Ninety Eight LS had a black painted top when I got it and I always liked the look. I don't know if they came that way or not. When the vinyl top peeled off my 76 Cutlass, I sanded it and painted it and I think it looks better in my opinion. Don't feel that you HAVE to keep the vinyl top to keep it original or to please the purists. A lot of pretty roof lines get covered up with vinyl tops.

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    Re: 1965 Deville Restoration in progress

    Read all our comments and think about it. But remember, you're gonna live with this, so you decide what you would like best and go with it.

    It'll be a beautiful car either way.

    Good Luck!

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    Re: 1965 Deville Restoration in progress

    Well, i appreciate all the comments. I think I am going to paint the car without it and then drive her around and see how i like it. I can always add it later. I know the majority of you said it would be nice to keep but after talking to the body shop I found out that the only rust the car had was where the vinyl top met the body. Seems like having it on could leave opportunity for moisture to collect. we'll see. Thanks again everyone for being so active in the Thread.

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    Re: 1965 Deville Restoration in progress

    still looking for an upholstery shop? I recommend getting your interior from www.smsautofabrics.com
    they have everything you need need for a complete re-do. just give them your info (year, make and model) and your interior code and they'll have it; check out their site.

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    Re: 1965 Deville Restoration in progress

    As I joined the forum one year ago, I did not see your thread until now. Your decision of fully restore your '65 is admirable, as you often know when it gets started but donīt know when it will be finished, but in the end you will have a first class unit. After these months I guess you have taken the opportunity to overhaul engine compartment. We would like to read the progress made during this time, apart from the obvious noticed in the pics.

    As for the vinyl top, from the esthetic point of view, vinyl makes the car look more elegant. In addition I think this option was not very frequent for the 65 coupe (or most people has restored their 65 coupe without it), but I recognize vinyl maintenance is a real pain. This carīs lines are clean and beautiful also without vinyl.

    Congrats and keep up the good work We all would love see your caddy fully restored

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