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Anyone know how the Vinyl Roofs are secured?

Discussion in 'EEK! - Every Extended-K Car' started by MrChrysler, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. MrChrysler

    MrChrysler New Member

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    I am looking specifically to remove the vinyl roof off of a 1991 Imperial and swap it with one from the scrap yard but how is one secured to the car? I would hate to be traveling down the interstate and have my vinyl roof come flying off and potentially casing an accident, any info would help.
     
  2. valiant67

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    They are glued on.
     
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  3. mydodgedip

    mydodgedip Fleet Owner

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    Actually if it's the factory vinyl top, not some aftermarket stuff, it has a bunch of bolts/screws/clips holding it on. It would require removing or at least dropping the headliner to get to the ones that hold the leading edge/trim down, removing the rear deck filler to access a line of screws across the back bottom edge, and popping a bunch of clips that go across the from and down the sides.
     
  4. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

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    Glued on with trim all the way around... You'll need new material to replace.
     
  5. neon98rt

    neon98rt Well-Known Member

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    his post says imperial. that sounds like a convertible lebaron how to.
     
  6. valiant67

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    Imperial might be more of a cap than a traditional vinyl top. If that's the case, you could remove the cap (to which the vinyl is glued) to replace the top. It's been years since I had my 90 Imperial so MyDodgeDip is probably up on what's going on.
     
  7. ImperialCrown

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    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    Is that the same look that I have seen on alot 90's and early 2000;s on buicks and mercurys that to make it look like a convertable top?
     
  9. ImperialCrown

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    I think that the intent of a leather-grained vinyl top was to make it appear to be a convertible.
    Imperials, 5th Aves and the NYer Landau had special roof treatments, like the landaulette-style Crown roof to make them unique, formal and give them a look of prestige.
    Having a fiberglass shell bolted to the back of the roof, made it easier for production line assembly.

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  10. valiant67

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    No, the 90's Imperial (and the 80's Fifth Avenue) were based on more pedestrian models (Dynasty and Diplomat respectively). A fiberglass cap covered with a vinyl roof provided a more formal look to the rear of the car while allowing the metal pieces (i.e.: quarter panels and roof skin) to remain unchanged. A new look for less moeny.
     
  11. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    i FOUND IT!...When tbe back half or less of the roof is covered its called a Landau roof.
    When you see the 4 doors that look like a convertable top its called a Cabriolet Roof.
     
  12. DC-93

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    3M adhesive. You can get it in spray cans.
     

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