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    Default 260Z Vinyl Roof

    Quck question. Did some 260Z have a vinyl coating on the exterior side of the roof?
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    There was a vinyl roof as an available option on all of the early Z cars.
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    Yup, it's far from common, but the owners manual even contains a section on caring for the vinyl roof.
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    My 1980 registered 260 come with a vinyl roof originally, I can tell, apart from a fresh paint exposed, as where the vinyl ends the rust holes start!!
    Wkxsports, is your 260 a 2 seater or a 2+2?

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    They did come out in Oz in the 240Z at least. I have seen them on a couple of 2 seater vehicles but I am not sure about the 260Z.
    See example of current Ebay listing on http://wazregister.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1020#1020.
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    thanks guys, remember that i havent seen the car in person, these are the only pics that I have so far. Whats worse is that there is a sunroof and not a pretty one either. Although it does not look. The roof looks Vinyl to me or am I mad. Car was reprayed black was blue.
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    and again
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    Yeah thats a vinyl roof. Otherwise is wouldnt have the chrome strip extending from where the drip gutter ends above the side quater window to the rear of the guard.
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    good or a bad thing guys? Is the hatch backcovered in vinyl too? and what is underneath the vinyl? bare unpainted metal?
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    If you open up the ebay link on the lime coloured 240Z in my previous post there is another photo that shows the hatch covered in vinyl as well.
    Whether or not it is a good or bad thing is in the eyes of the beholder. There is no reason for it to affect performance or handling and I have seen vinyl roofs outlast the paint job on the rest of the car.
    We will be interested to hear your impressions of the roof when you get your car.
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    Here's another beautiful example...
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    FWIW, my 73Z came from the dealer in Denver with a white vinyl roof. The PO was very proud of it. I thought it was very disco era and as it was lifting in a few areas, I removed it. It had been applied over the original paint(114 metallic brown) and the paint underneath was in pretty good shape except for a inverted "V" of surface rust from the hatch push-button. Unfortunately the PO had had the car painted and it did not match so it went to the body shop for a paint job. I was fortunate in that the rust was only surface and was easy to repair, AND there was no other rust(lucky me). The holes left by the removal of the chrome strips near the vents were mig welded shut and finished off. You can't tell there was ever a vinyl roof on the car. For me that was a good thing. Others might not feel that way...personal preference.
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    My '71 240-Z has a vinyl roof. Can't say if it's original or not, since I've only had the car for a couple of years. But, it's definitly showing some rust issues at the top of the windshield. Here's a pic:
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkxsportsirelan
    Quck question. Did some 260Z have a vinyl coating on the exterior side of the roof?
    The vinyl roof covering has been covered by others but no one has mentioned the ''sun roof '' . The sun roof was not a factory option . Dealers some times installed options like these and mag wheels . In the '70s cars generally came devoid of any ''extras'' , that is American cars . Dealers make money on the extras they can add on . The Z came with a radio , power antenna , '73 and later intermittent wipers and tinted glass. So to add to the cost of the car , Dealers added mag wheel , Air conditioning , vinyl roofs , over rider bumpers , sun roofs , Spoilers and air dams. Also pinstriping and fender strips to protect from door dings . The vinyl roof and sun roof are a vary good possibility having rust issues , especially the roof. Check the floors closely in the foot wells . If the sun roof has leaked , most likely the floors are rusted out. These after market sun roofs are known to be leakers . My '73 HAD a vinyl roof in the past and my PO used metal tape and primer to fill the holes in the roof where the metal strip was attached across the top . I mention the other stuff just to give you background. Gary
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    thanks lads, supposedly the sunroof doesn't leek so fingers crossed. Its a pretty nasty looking job they made. The strange thing is that the vinyl doesnt extend down the ( i don't know what to call them) rear pillars like it does in the pictures you guys posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkxsportsirelan
    The strange thing is that the vinyl doesnt extend down the ( i don't know what to call them) rear pillars like it does in the pictures you guys posted.
    Most likely becaus its a dealer option (ie installed after the car was delivered to the country it was sold in), and it was up to the dealer to source a supplier and fitter of vinyl roof coverings. I guess the differences are just because you are in the UK ad they did vinly roofs a little differently to the USA.

    If you look at the one thats on Ebay Australia its different again.
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    Good thread. Its good to see different places where the vinyl roof finished. Mine finished above the c pillar badge/vent.

    Keep an eye on the sunroof for leaks. Since the roof is curved and the sunroof is flat....Mine has a leaky sunroof as well as having a vinyl roof. Going to replace the roof skin to get rid of the sunroof.

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    I thought that car looked familiar, it was brought to our attention on this thread

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...light=ebay+car


    (I hope the link works...)
    Wkxsports, looks a nice car.

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    your a genius RIP, thanks for finding that, I had no idea

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    The relevant page from the microfiche. Just adding this for posterity.
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    Hey there Craig,

    Regarding that thumbnail of the green Zed.

    When I first got "Precious", she had a chrome strip running from the rear of the door towardes the rear of the car, roughly where the two colours in the thumbnail merge, and curving around the rear, ending at the edge of the hatch. (On both sides of the car of course). It was held in place by clips through holes in the body. I had it removed and the holes filled when the body work was done 'cause I thought it looked YUK. Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of it. Has anyone else seen anything like that ????.

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