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    Vista Cruiser Roof

    Anybody know where a complete roof with glass and trim exists?
    I'm looking and can only seem to find a roof with cracked glass, roof with glass but no trim, or just partial trim.
    The trim and glass pieces seem the hardest to find of course.
    I'm interested in either the early split window version or the later, up to 72' single front piece glass version.

    I appreciate anybody pointing me in the right direction.

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    I know where there is one but missing some of the trim. Try running a add in your area on craigslist never know what will come up
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    What is the going price on that piece?
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    Usually you have to buy the car and then butcher it for the roof

    Or call these guys in Denton, TX. They have two vista cruiser cars for parts

    http://www.ctcautoranch.com/Parts%20...s/Cutlass.html
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    64' wikivan 230/4 onda tree/2.56 posi
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    Thanks Kooky!
    Damn, you are good at this stuff.

    I've been looking all over the country for these things and hadn't seen one in Texas yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAY68108 View Post
    What is the going price on that piece?
    Called one of the big desert junkyards in Arizona. They have them out there in good rust free shape but all the glass is cracked. They want $1200 and I'm not sure if they have all the trim with them. Pretty crazy.

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    Just gotta know where to look.

    These roofs are in becoming very rare. Get whatever you need while you can, because they may be gone tomorrow!! If you score that one off craigslist, I would also contact the denton salvage yard and purchase spare glass and trim and stash it away in case you need it one day, because I do not think this stuff is not being reproduced.



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    I bet with enough skill and patience, one could fabricate their own vista cruiser styled roof... I ran across a guy out of Baltimore that did the same with the Super Scoop vents.

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    If you get a complete roof, cut it at the pillars. It's goig to be kind of flexy, but if you try to trim close to the glass it will flex more and crack the glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    Just gotta know where to look.

    These roofs are in becoming very rare. Get whatever you need while you can, because they may be gone tomorrow!! .
    Exactly! I see many of the local small outdoor collections being liquidated in the last year. The owners/collectors are just becoming too old to manage their stuff. I'd bet the only factor that keeps them around is the low scrap steel prices. If that changes, they're gonna be gone.
    This scares me to the point I've been finding places to stash any and all parts necessary to complete my puzzles and a few extra just in case.
    Classic Armageddon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowtied View Post
    Classic Armageddon.
    Classic Carmageddon?

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    vista cruiser roof

    I bought my roof complete no rust cut at the post for $900. that was 5 years a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankcosta View Post
    I bought my roof complete no rust cut at the post for $900. that was 5 years a go.
    I purchased my VC roof in 1975 for $100! Paid the body guy another $500 to install it! He broke 1 side glass and the main one! He then added it to my tab! I originally had wanted the 2 piece Main Glass Buick VC roof, same that is on "Juicy Lucy" but it was very difficult to find in that era, being it was from 1964/65?? When I did locate one, the salvage yard guy put a fork thru one of the side glasses, trying to remove a Covair that was siting on the roof of the car! Ouch! I never found another one similar, so had to go with the later styled one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BvrWally View Post
    I purchased my VC roof in 1975 for $100! Paid the body guy another $500 to install it! He broke 1 side glass and the main one! He then added it to my tab! I originally had wanted the 2 piece Main Glass Buick VC roof, same that is on "Juicy Lucy" but it was very difficult to find in that era, being it was from 1964/65?? When I did locate one, the salvage yard guy put a fork thru one of the side glasses, trying to remove a Covair that was siting on the roof of the car! Ouch! I never found another one similar, so had to go with the later styled one!

    How difficult was the welding process, using the late model VC roof? Did you have to fabricate anything?

    My dad used an early model roof on his 68, and he was telling me that I would need the early model roof.

    Me being the hard headed optimistic son that I am, and having only access to the late model VC's, believes that it can work with a late model roof.

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    The Early roof had more metal to work with along the long side glass, making it ideal for the install! The later styled one is much more difficult to fabricate in! I did not do the work myself, but paid to have a good guy do so for me! He has long since departed this world, so can't chime in?? Since I chopped the cab 3 1/2" "Raking" the Vista, so as to have the main glass sit flat. is why my roof sits so well!
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    Something to keep in mind. Perhaps, I could weld in a little furring strip of sheet metal along the bottom edge of the glass frame.

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    Wow I love the look of that roof on these vans! That's soo cool

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    There was a VC wagon on Craigslist here in Fort Wayne. They are parting it out
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    I had a roof that I moved from house to house for years, with plans to install it on my 68. Then, after repairing the roof and windshield frame on the 68 I decided that I no longer wanted to put the Vista roof on, mainly because my roof was very thin in places and would have been hell to weld on.

    Sold the roof to Taz a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankcosta View Post
    I bought my roof complete no rust cut at the post for $900. that was 5 years a go.
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