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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Fresh picture with new top installed

Unfortunately the sun was not cooperating, but this is right out of the interior shop garage bay. (Cragers in Centerville, Ohio) Car is really dusty/dirty but it's hard to tell that in the picture.

Excellent job - looks fantastic to me! I'm happy.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 02:50 PM
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Looking very good Alan. Nice job on restoring the car.

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Nice!!!

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Humm, I just changed my mind, I'm going black top instead of white!
That's a great pic. and this will give me an idea when I go to shoot the black on mine.
That looks very classy and sharp!
That will be the color combo when its complete with a pearl interior.
I'll be tackling the top soon myself and I cannot see giving away $600 in labor for someone to apply staples and glue .
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That looks really nice.
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@ Don, going to Charlotte Auto Fair? I'll be there spending money I don't have .
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Car looks great. I really like it.

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That looks fantastic! And that just happens to be the color combo I'm going to...

Thanks for posting this! I have a question. How did you figure out which top to purchase for your car?

It is my understanding that there are 2 different tops for our cars in 66; an early model series, and a late model series.

I thought the difference was a measurement in the header bow. But I must be mistaken, as I got neither of the measurements that were listed in the CI/ Year One catalog......(or I'm worthless with a tape measure, lol).
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Steven, I have been studying this and I only figure that the early syle is the window is zippered in and late is heat bonded.
Because 65-70 have the same tops's but there was a design change in 67-68. As for the measurement of the rear bow height; it is 27" from the trim to the front side of the rear bow...the majority rule.
Hey Allen, I was trying to figure out what was differant in that pic. that made your car look really good and now I can see that you did not install the vent windows yet. . That would be a great modification to run a full door window on a 65'!

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Thanks guys.

Steve and John, on the "early vs late model style" tops....I have a different twist on it.

For my choice, it was just a matter of material type. Did I want early style Vinyl like they used in 1966, or a late model style of top material which is darker, not shiney, and has a little bit of texture to it. perhaps like a soft canvas.
I went with the late-model style material, and it does have a zippered style of rear glass.

I've watched a few video's and read articles about putting convertible tops on and it did NOT look easy to me. I've done just about everything on this car myself but I wouldn't touch a Vert top.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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Alan, great looking!

What are the wheels and their size?

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Thanks Tom, they are 17x8" and 17x9.5" Vintage Wheel Works rims, Tires = 255/50 front, 275/50 rear.

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