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    Have yellow 79 Sedan deVille with yellow top. It is a very presentable daily driver, it is showing its age just a tad - top is still supple and nice and has color but has a little patina of age. My thought is to repaint the whole car to freshen it and remove some minor cracks and blemishes, and, I know this may sound like a sin, but I am thinking of removing the vinyl top and refinishing the steel underneath, getting the chrome rear window moldings (inside trim as required to do it right, possibly different rear window if necessary). What do you think? Is losing the vinyl no big deal and may make the car pleasingly different from before, or is the vinyl an essential retro look that needs to be retained? My outlook is to have the car in the beauty shop this fall, right around the corner! Please advise with your opinions. Thanks! Dave

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    If it were me, I'd keep the vinyl top look on it. Mine is showing its age and starting to fade and crack and was thinking the same route you are, but should the time come to fix it- I'm keeping the vinyl look to it.

    I thought you meant topless as in no top at all on the car, you mean baldy. Well, that how the guys over on layitlow refer to it.
    You do need the inside trim, rear window trim and another rear glass.
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    Thanks for your thoughts. The other option is to replace the vinyl top with new skin now that Craig (77 CDV) has turned me on to vinyl and fabric wonderland of SMS, they have Colonial Yellow vinyl in stock and ready to go. I grew up with our non-vinyl roof 77 sedan deVille and it was so unique at the time, maybe this is a midlife crisis and that is why I am subconsciously trying to recapture my youth?! I just think the no vinyl roof look will perhaps be a bit sporty. I love vinyl too, very seventies, plus it is authentic to the originality of the beast. But that big yellow Cadillac with vinyl-less look still makes me excited wondering...

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    Either way would be cool as hell! You might have quite a job on your hands deleting the top and sourcing the proper trim pieces. And smoothing out the bad body work the factory did under the top. The real question is, is the trouble worth going through to you.

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    I've seen photos of several steel roofed Cadillacs... the 77 and ups actually look totally find in my opinion, the 76 and downs looked kinda funky...

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    here's a 79 sedan that i found on google...

    gives you an idea on how it'll look

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    I think you should go baldy. You'll love it. There will need to be body work on the roof to get out the ripples left in the roof and cover the pinholes around the back window. The exterior rear trim is different from Coupe to sedan so make sure you get the right one. The clips that hold on the interior rear window trim are hard to find, I had to make my own. I did find someone who sold them though.

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    I have thought of turning my 76 CDV into a baldy. Anyn thoughts guys? Any pics of a 76 baldy CDV?

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    Bare top coupes look great. Sedans, I think they look better with vinyl. Bare sedans are too "Caprice" to me. Sedans without vinyl are like martinis without olives.

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    Bare top coupes look great. Sedans, I think they look better with vinyl. Bare sedans are too "Caprice" to me. Sedans without vinyl are like martinis without olives.
    Vinyl is a maintenance nightmare though---especially if it stays outside any number of days.

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    The purpose of a vinyl roof is to minimize damage to the road if you flip over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    Bare top coupes look great. Sedans, I think they look better with vinyl. Bare sedans are too "Caprice" to me. Sedans without vinyl are like martinis without olives.
    Ape, you would have to bring cocktails into this, my low liquor light is already on, guess a martini is in order since you mentioned it!

    I agree the topless look on this period Cadillac can be seen as Caprice-ishh but I am thinking the increasingly unusual and very rich yellowness of my car helps with distinctiveness if it is converted to vinyl-less. I have lace style 93-96 Fleetwood alloy wheels on the car which I am going to have chromed while the car is laid up. So, I am thinking (hoping) the metal roof with chrome wheels will work and tickle me. It is not permanent so I can always put the vinyl back on if desired later.

    As for the inside and outside trim and rear window, I believe the rear window and trim from any 77 Sedan deVille will work (should be findable), or a 78-79 that was made from the factory with metal roof (very rare).

    I appreciate your opinions about the car and cocktail suggestions, but it doesn't take much to get me excited about cocktails! I love these old Cadillacs so much that everything is all good always!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    I have thought of turning my 76 CDV into a baldy. Anyn thoughts guys? Any pics of a 76 baldy CDV?
    They made 76 Coupe deVilles from the factory with no vinyl, my neighbors had a light blue one like that back in 76. I am not sure about the trim around the side opera windows, on the 77-79 models you need a trim piece to cover the openings around those windows, I think you do not need to worry about that on a 1976 but get more opinions before you start ripping the vinyl off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ape Man View Post
    The purpose of a vinyl roof is to minimize damage to the road if you flip over.
    Ape, you are the greatest!

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    Re: thinking about going topless!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ape Man View Post
    The purpose of a vinyl roof is to minimize damage to the road if you flip over.
    That would be the only reasonable use that I could see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the ape man
    the purpose of a vinyl roof is to minimize damage to the road if you flip over.
    lol!!!

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