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Do you like the look of a Vinyl Roof on a First Generation Camaro?

Yes, if original
103 (57.2%)
Yes, original or not
40 (22.2%)
No, even if original
10 (5.6%)
No, no matter what
12 (6.7%)
Maybe, depends on color
15 (8.3%)

Total Members Voted: 177

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lakeholme

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2006, 01:22:26 PM »
PlLEASE VOTE!
Well, if 34 persons can be considered an acurrate and wide-ranging survey, then I think I'll keep my vinyl top when I get the car repainted.  Considering some of the negative comments I've seen elsewhere, I'm pleasantly surprised.  Thanks for the input!
I'm going to shut this poll down next week... Would still like to have your opinion.
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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2006, 04:23:33 PM »
I voted for maybe, depends on color.  But I also wanted to vote yes, if original.  So, yes, if original, and sometimes even when it isn't original. 8)

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2006, 12:12:32 PM »
Thanks for the opinions and votes.  Got some good, helpful information.  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2006, 03:15:12 AM »
Phillip,

I know you shut down your poll but you asked to see my Tuxedo black with black vinyl 68 R/S when finished, so here it is. I'm getting tons of compliments for the color combo with pearl parchment interior, all which is original to the car. Way back I voted for keep it original but also believe it's in the eye of the beholder/owner. Good luck, Dan

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2006, 05:33:24 PM »
Sumrtime--Beautiful car.  It would be a shame NOT to have the vinyl top.  Dave

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2006, 12:31:25 AM »
Dan,

Now, that's what we are talking about!  Thanks for the picture.
That black on black combination is great! ;D ;D ;D

Hope you are going to send that shot to sdkar:
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=638.0

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2006, 01:23:22 AM »
What do you think?

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2006, 01:33:48 AM »
To me it depends on the car.  I don't like vinyl tops on the performance Camaros,  i.e. SS or Z/28.   Vinyl tops to me give a car a more luxurios feel.  With that said, I think they do look good on 1st gen plain jane sport coups or on RS models.
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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2006, 03:34:36 AM »
I'm kinda split in the middle. Like gro51 said, no vinyl top gives the car more of a performance appearance versus a more sedate, optioned model. But then, if I had a numbers-matching car or a Z/28 or a heavily-optioned car to restore there is no way I'd not put a vinyl top back on it. My '68 originally had a vinyl top, but the original drivetrain is long gone and the car is a sparsely-optioned Plain Jane coupe--just what I wanted for a hot rod--so I  the vinyl top goes. I voted for Depends on the Color, for on some cars a vinyl top makes a nice statement. Butternut Yellow with a black vinyl top and black interior is sharp for a true resto, eh Phil? You GO guy.
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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2006, 04:24:01 PM »
Thanks, Hotrod & Joe.  Actually, that's part of the reason I started this poll.  The previous owner of my car restored it half in the direction of sport and half in the direction of luxury. (Actually, he went in so many different directions, it's hard to tell...) When I finally decide to give up driving it for a while and put the big bucks into it, I've got to go in one direction or the other.  Both of you make a good point about how it depends on the look and the purpose. Take another look at Summertime's black on black 68 RS above.

On the other hand there were some 60s muscle cars of various models ordered with BB motors and vinyl tops.  I had a buddy in college that had a 71 red BB Chevelle, SS, stripes, and yes, a black vinyl top.  Everybody loved that car! It was sort of like an "I want it all" attitude.  How else would you explain a BB RS/SS Camaro?  Come to think of it, however, my buddy got his one night when he pulled up next to a dog bowl hubcapped, plain jane Camaro.  Turned out to be a COPO.

What do the rest of you think???


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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #40 on: October 07, 2006, 03:46:21 AM »
Shoot, Phil, on a big-block car who cares?  lol. "396" emblems in those days were almost magical, even if it was a mere 325hp car. Those things were tire-fryers--Chevelle, Camaro...Bel Air. I knew a guy who bought a baby blue '70 SS Chevelle 360-hp 4-speed car new in high school. Black stripes, black interior and yes--black vinyl top. It had Magnum 500 wheels and just LOOKED mean. Being a true hot-rodder, he trashed the manifolds and installed headers, changed the cam and intake, and began to clean almost anything on the street with it. He wound up butting heads with one well-modified white '69 Z/28 that sounded like a bunch of tin cans rattling and a clap of thunder at the same time. Geez, that 302 SCREAMED. The Z prevailed by a half-car length (NOT on the street--chuckle). Ironically, the Z had a black viny top! I guess it's all in your perception of what's hot or not. I wonder if that mystical Z could have dusted your dog-bowl COPO?   lmao I'd guess the Z would have met its match with a COPO 427. But it sure dusted that 396 off. 

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2006, 01:53:55 PM »
Love to get a few more votes and opinions.  Otherwise going to shut this one down soon.

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2006, 11:17:50 PM »
check out this one ;D
67Z/28,67RSZ/28,71SS454CHEVELLE.

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2006, 11:19:24 PM »
and this one ;D

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Re: Vinyl or Not?
« Reply #44 on: October 18, 2006, 11:23:26 PM »
and this one allthough its not a camaro :o