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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Good Bye Vinyl Top in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Love them or hate them, there is always heartbreak underneath the vinyl. Back seat was getting wet, rear glass leaking. ...
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    Good Bye Vinyl Top

    Love them or hate them, there is always heartbreak underneath the vinyl. Back seat was getting wet, rear glass leaking. Removed the drip rails and window trim and Herc-ed the top off. As suspected, rear window lip was pretty crunchy.



    Whipped out the spot blaster and cleaned it up. Found more speed holes.








    Fired up the mig and dumped out the change purse. Welded three $.25 into the part you'll actually see. Welded some $.05 into the areas of the window channel and ground them flat.



    Gooped on the POR-15. I used the POR Patch to fill in the pits and the regular POR-15 to cover everything. Window lip was blasted, roof surfaces were hit with 100 grit on the orbital. Marine Clean and Prep n Ready to condition before the POR was applied.





    Let that set overnight. Used 100 grit to sand off the old top glue. You can see one half without glue and one half with the glue and fuzz from the top.



    Fleetwoods never came without Vinyl so the roof joints were essentially unfinished (although lead was used) and the paint went up about an inch from the edges.





    I sprayed some Rustoleum Primer to protect and so I could put the drip rails back on. The rust on the c pillars is still there- I'll have to deal with that another day. but it's clean around the doors and glass.







    Like I said, I'll have to sandblast the c pillars and clean up the joints, but then I can put some actual paint down. I'm going for some Holographic flake on the roof.




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    Re: Good Bye Vinyl Top

    Wow, really a solid clean one you found there. Probably left the factory with that much rust!

    If it is a 71-76 Cadillac and has vinyl, it has rust. Hard to imagine what they were thinking putting vinyl over bare metal.

    I also loved the unfinished welds on the roof when I pulled mine off!

    Good work. Must be great to have sandblasters and welders.
    I feel like a caveman for the work I do in the parking lot!

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    I like the old school look of the flaked top. Good work.

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    Re: Good Bye Vinyl Top

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    Wow, really a solid clean one you found there. Probably left the factory with that much rust!

    If it is a 71-76 Cadillac and has vinyl, it has rust. Hard to imagine what they were thinking putting vinyl over bare metal.

    I also loved the unfinished welds on the roof when I pulled mine off!

    Good work. Must be great to have sandblasters and welders.
    I feel like a caveman for the work I do in the parking lot!
    Hey just to be fair my 1991 had a huge rust bubble under the top, that I never bothered to fix.

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    Re: Good Bye Vinyl Top

    I'm lucky that the family business is a Body Shop. The only catch is that I can't plug it up during business hours. So whatever I do has to be in and out over the weekends. Did the 4x4 conversion on my Dodge during the 2 week shut down over Christmas.
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    Re: Good Bye Vinyl Top

    That's awesome. You are lucky to have a whole body shop at your disposal even if it's only on weekends. A lot of us have to get by on a lot less

    Good work on fixing the rust!
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