69 GS400 Stage 1 convertible top question

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by jmbarber, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. jmbarber

    jmbarber Member

    I need a new windshield, and when the old one came out there was a spot of rust on the windshield frame. I am having that fixed, but they need to damage the vinyl on the top frame piece. The body shop tells me that piece was painted, not vinyl from the factory. Does anyone know if this is correct, and if so what color would it be?
  2. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    The upper frame piece is covered in vinyl NOT painted.
  3. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Note: To replace that the inner upper metal covers, mirror bracket, corner pieces, visor mounts, and pillar channels will need to re removed. Not a small job.
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

  5. Duane

    Duane Member

    The grain of the vinyl was called "Madrid" grain. Any upholstery shop should have that.

    If you want to know what color it is then you need to tell us what color interior you have.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
  6. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

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  7. Duane

    Duane Member

    You just need to make sure the vender you are buying the vinyl from knows that it is the correct grain. Otherwise you need to go all through this again to replace it.
  8. jmbarber

    jmbarber Member

    Thanks for all the help. I wasn't at the car when the question about paint was asked. The windshield is now installed, and I have the car. It is pretty clear the vinyl was factory. But the grain and other information is helpful. I am taking a break for the holidays to just drive and enjoy the car. Then I will start the vinyl replacement. Painting the header is a good idea, but that is not where the rust was. Still a good precaution while it is all exposed.
  9. jmbarber

    jmbarber Member

    I am back at the vinyl repair, and have a shop that can do the work. I am missing a couple of the clips that hold the trim piece across the top. The shop does not have any of the correct clips, so I need to source some new ones. Any ideas where I can find them?

    Thanks for all the help and Happy New Year.
  10. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    I don't know where to source them but - all 68-72 convertibles across the GM A-body line share front windshield moldings/parts so perhaps a look at what is available for a chevelle or GTO may be an easier find.
  11. jmbarber

    jmbarber Member

    Thought I would let all know that I have the new vinyl in place, and the trim pieces back in place. Now on to other issues, but I am getting toward the end. Thanks for the help.

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