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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave I think I got it. Here are some pics. Still have lots of little things like wipers. Getting close. Has anyone had experience removing the boot snaps? I see some are philips so assume they unscrew. The blank ones rivets? Can they be removed while trim is attached to the car? Thanks
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 04:59 PM
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Looks good. I have no idea what you are referring to as Boot Straps. I feel someone with more direct hands on experience will come to your aide however. Just be patient.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Boot snaps - hold the convertible top boot down.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 10:59 PM
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You are right on both counts for the boot cover snaps. (some phillips, other rivet)
As I was told, the phillips-headed ones are replacements, and do be careful with those.
1. They may pull out easily because they just aren't held in as well as the rivet style.
2. Depending upon the install method and installer, the screw-tip part of the snap may be dangerously close to the paint/sheet-metal.

I had taken my trim off to paint the car, I also had some snaps missing and lastly, the previous owner had gotten some very very hardened paint or primer on them. Not to mention the scratches. Mine needed serious work.

I used an air tool with 3" cutter wheel to cut the rivet from the bottem. (dremel would work too) I then had a local interior shop sell me new stainless snaps (screw type).
A boat / marine shop would have some too.

I then used a Dupont auto epoxy to hold the new snaps in place and let it dry 24hrs. I then cut off the sharp tips from underneath so as not to scratch the paint during re-installation of the trim.
It's a close call, they *might* not have touched the paint,....but I wasn't going to take the chance.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks BA. I wish I had taken a closer look at the snaps while I was polishing the trim. Never thought about it until it came time to snap the boot down some work some don't. Doesn't help that the fit is very tight - might have to stretch it somehow. Can the snaps be replaced without removing the trim?
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I'm no expert, but I think you could do it on the car if you were careful.

I'd get the replacement snap things, cut the tip down so it doesn't have a chance of hitting the car, then I'd use a light dose of epoxy and put it in place.

Quickly clean up any epoxy that presses out from under the snap. (I used lacquer thinner) then tape the snap in place so it doesn't move while the epoxy dries.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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ok thanks Allan
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