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Old 06/26/2022, 01:34 PM   #1
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Vinyl top retainer strip

We've discussed this issue before, but now I have another question.
My Red GT/CS was factory equipped with a Black vinyl top. It does not have the retainer strip installed (obviously the vinyl top has been replaced in the last 50 years) but there are no holes in the rain gutter that would have accommodated the rivets for the strip.
So perhaps all plants did not install the retainers?
Fortunately, the top is in good shape so I don't have a problem. Just a point of curiosity.

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Old 06/27/2022, 05:53 PM   #2
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Ford also used a different style retainer that went on top of the top and wedged between the rain gutter and roof. It was made of stainless steel and looked very nice.

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Old 06/30/2022, 08:44 PM   #3
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As all GT/CS cars were manufactured in San Jose, the different plant thought would be ok for other 1968 Mustangs, but not for a GT/CS. The stainless trim that Marty mentioned was on my car, but it was riveted in 4 places as I remember. Again, your car is an early GT/CS. Maybe some GT/CS vinyl top cars did not get the stainless trim or maybe as Marty thinks they were just "swedged" in? Mine would not stay swedged in and needed the rivets. They were very small rivets of 1/8 diameter.

I know mine were original as the second vinyl top was over them with glue. After removing them I found the original remnants of the original black vinyl top.

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Old 07/07/2022, 01:54 PM   #4
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I was thinking the same thing Rob! All made in San Jose. Mine has the 4 rivets.

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Old 07/07/2022, 05:27 PM   #5
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Are you talking 4 per side? Mine has two on each side of my GT/CS
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Old 07/08/2022, 09:56 AM   #6
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Two on each side near the end of the strip.
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Old 07/08/2022, 02:22 PM   #7
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2 on each side at the end of each strip

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Old 07/08/2022, 03:37 PM   #8
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Thank you Gents! That's exactly what I have.
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