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Username Post: question for Vinyl roof guys        (Topic#364840)
joeblow55 
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04-06-21 02:23 PM - Post#2817603    

Need a little help from you guys with Vinyl roofs ... I am planning on putting a vinyl roof on a car that did NOT originally have one. (66 Impala 2 dr coupe) I saved a set of the stainless trim that goes from the quarter glass and wraps around to under the center of the rear windshield ... maybe 5-6" below the rear glass. The set of trim is off a Capriceand believe it or not, looks to be identical to the same set of trim off of an impala. (rear glass, deck lid, and quarter glass are all different, but the distance to wrap around to the center of the rear glass appears to be the same )Since this car never had the vinyl roof in the first place, I want to accurately place the stainless trim as close as possible to where it should go. A couple quick questions I need to answer are as follows:
1) what is the distance from the rear w/shield opening to the trim ? (or from the deck lid opening to the trim)
2) assuming there needs to be "studs" welded in the appropriate locations, how many and approximately where ?
3) once studs are welded on, does anybody have, make, or reproduce the clips that attach the trim to the studs ?
Any help is appreciated !

Thanks, Joe S.



 


doubleE 
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04-08-21 10:27 AM - Post#2817706    
    In response to joeblow55

The 66 Caprice 2 door hardtop had a completly different roof line than the Impala 2 door, would not think the Caprice trim would work.

Eric

Proud owner of My Blue 62 Impala SS


 
sz0k30 
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04-08-21 12:41 PM - Post#2817712    
    In response to joeblow55

I think on this project you're going to be S.O.L.



 
steve65 
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04-08-21 03:36 PM - Post#2817721    
    In response to joeblow55

If you think it will help, I can post pics of my two tone paint trim. Not sure if it’s the same as vinyl roof trim though.
Steve

Steve Duncan
66 Impala 2dr Coupe
Not sure of color yet
work in progress



 
steve65 
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04-08-21 03:50 PM - Post#2817724    
    In response to steve65

Pics of two tone paint trim.

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Steve Duncan
66 Impala 2dr Coupe
Not sure of color yet
work in progress



 
bm4751 
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04-09-21 03:47 AM - Post#2817743    
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joeblow55 
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04-09-21 01:32 PM - Post#2817767    
    In response to steve65

Guys, thanks for your replies. Steve, thanks for posting those photo's ... they definitely help. As far as Eric's comment about the roof lines being completely different, I totally agree. Here's the thing... I have that set of trim off a 2 door 66 caprice that I wrecked and stripped over 30 years ago. When I started scrounging for a set of the roof mouldings for an IMPALA, I didn't even remotely consider that the Caprice mouldings would work. I found a guy that had a set for an impala about 90 minutes north of me near Milwaukee. Myself and a buddy of mine decided to set out on a little road trip to go grab them (just before COVID lockdowns started)and I brought my Caprice mouldings with me, figuring that the impala set should look very much like them, but be slightly different in dimensions due to the very different roof lines. Lo and behold, the set he had from an Impala were identical to the Caprice mouldings that I had. I couldn't believe it really. He was 100% sure he had removed them from an Impala, and I was 100% sure the ones I had were off of my old Caprice. There you have it fella's ... I mention this because there may be someone else out there who could use this information. Despite the very different roof lines of the 2 models, the only way this makes sense is that the smaller / shorter quarter glass is made up for with the shorter roof line, therefore the same mouldings are used for both models. Now I gotta source the clips that hold them on. From what I remember from over 30 years ago, there were "studs" welded on the body where the mouldings go, with some kind of plastic clips that retained them. If those are made from "un-obtainium", I will have to figure out another way to secure them. I would prefer NOT to drill holes in the body simply because each hole would be a potential water leak into the trunk, which is where these cars love to rust. Again, thanks for your replies.



 
chopr1 
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04-09-21 08:32 PM - Post#2817785    
    In response to joeblow55

Interesting, I looked for the last 4+ years for that trim and turned up with nothing. My original SS back in 65 was two tone so I knew I had to have those pieces to make the one I have now a two tone. I looked before painting and finally gave up. Those are just impossible to find. Wish I'd have know about the ones that you found. I'm still looking!



 
bigbowtielover 
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04-10-21 10:31 AM - Post#2817805    
    In response to joeblow55

The factory installed trim had clips with studs. You had to have holes in body to mount them. Caprice moldings are different. Gm parts catalog lists different part number. The shape is different . Also the '65 and '66 impala moldings are different both in appearance and fitment. I have had both. I had a '66 Caprice parked beside my '66 impala and they are definitely different.



 


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