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To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by Kufa on Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:13 pm

I bought my '67 Beetle Sedan in May 2009 and absolutely love it afro However, the one thing I wish it had is a ragtop. Tell me what you think. Should I let it be or go for it? Question


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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by vwtattooed on Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:22 pm

it is YOUR car so do what YOU want. i had a StreetBeat sliding rag and it was easy to install and operate. never had any leaks and minimal wind noise(rattle) when closed.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by 56HAVOC on Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:51 am

If you really want it go for it, cut it in. I love my ragtop and now I can't ever see me without one.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by Grifspop on Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:12 am

My 2 cents- since a '67 factory sunroof is a steel panel, I'd look for a whole roof with the factory mechanism. I used to have one, but had to throw it away when I moved.

I grafted the ragtop sunroof into my '57, and if that's what you want, go for it!

I've got a '67 also, but I'd put in the steel sunroof if I was going to add one.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by DiggerD on Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:07 pm

Grifspop wrote:My 2 cents- since a '67 factory sunroof is a steel panel, I'd look for a whole roof with the factory mechanism. I used to have one, but had to throw it away when I moved.

I grafted the ragtop sunroof into my '57, and if that's what you want, go for it!

I've got a '67 also, but I'd put in the steel sunroof if I was going to add one.

x2.........what he said.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by vw57drvr on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:37 pm

Ragtops are nice, and its your car. Might hurt the resale if that concerns you at all.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by ibjamn on Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:01 pm

Which, I would agree with the steel. If (for whatever reason it may be...) you decided to get rid of it, at least the steel sunroof would be something that was available for 1967. I don't know if either one is harder to maintain or repair when needed, but I do remember the 64 my Dad had leaked too often.

Although, I do like the rags better..... I love you

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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by bumblebuggy on Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:56 pm

Just make sure you do a good job. Unless it's a documented all original, low mileage car, make it your own and enjoy it.
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:00 pm

bumblebuggy wrote:Just make sure you do a good job. Unless it's a documented all original, low mileage car, make it your own and enjoy it.

x2

Look at this 66.....grafted rag and grafted rhd......still awesome

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=918829

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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by fluxcap on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:24 pm

If you have the money/skills to do it right, I'd go for it. I'm like Malik, after owning a ragtop, it would be very hard for me to go back to a hardtop.

Passed this guy on the downtown connector about 5 years ago. 65 or 66 that most likely had a graft. It was tough looking (would have been even tougher if the ragtop was open!!!)

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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by ibjamn on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:35 pm

So, what would be harder... smoothing out a few spots in a roof that show evidence of a previous buckle? Or grafting a rag into one?

The spots on mine are not too noticable.... but I do know that it is a major pain and time consuming to make it right, well perfect-ish, for new paint.

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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by 56HAVOC on Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:54 pm

fluxcap wrote:If you have the money/skills to do it right, I'd go for it. I'm like Malik, after owning a ragtop, it would be very hard for me to go back to a hardtop.

Passed this guy on the downtown connector about 5 years ago. 65 or 66 that most likely had a graft. It was tough looking (would have been even tougher if the ragtop was open!!!)

hey thats a hot color on that bug fluxcap
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by 68buggirrl on Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:32 pm

I want a ragtop or make one but I am waiting for a different bug. Too much history to do that to mine.
I would do it if you have some damage up top and if you dont care about reselling it. Smile They look so SICK!
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by atye on Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:42 pm

fluxcap wrote:
Passed this guy on the downtown connector about 5 years ago. 65 or 66 that most likely had a graft. It was tough looking (would have been even tougher if the ragtop was open!!!)

I'm sure that you were NOT driving the Honda that I see in the reflection, right Eric?
No
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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by fluxcap on Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:53 pm

atye wrote:
I'm sure that you were NOT driving the Honda that I see in the reflection, right Eric?
No

You are partly right Alex. I was NOT DRIVING the honduh, but I was trapped in the passenger seat!

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Re: To Cut Or Not To Cut

Post by ibjamn on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:20 am

fluxcap wrote:
atye wrote:
I'm sure that you were NOT driving the Honda that I see in the reflection, right Eric?
No

You are partly right Alex. I was NOT DRIVING the honduh, but I was trapped in the passenger seat!
Hey..... I drive a Honda. But, I am planning on letting it sit and rust, instead of the VW. Wink

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