Mod Top #112
UPDATED: 7/31/15, click to view updates!
UPDATED: 1/22/16, click to view links to several articles on the Floral Top Daytona!
More info about the car:
"One of 3 documented Vinyl top Daytonas & the only known MOD TOP DAYTONA Chrysler built.
The Material is a pre- production 1970 material not shown in the Mod Top registry. It was a special order by Chrysler in 1969 and wound up on one car. The MOD TOP DAYTONA Samples of the original material in four colors made by Stauffer Industries have been documented. Mopar Collector's Guide magazine ran aticle on the car in Feb and March 2011. The Car is an SE Daytona one of 14 built with black interior and a white wing.
Some lesser known facts about Dodge's attempt to produce the 1970 Mod Top material for regular production , the material was created in 4 distinct colors for 1970.
The gentleman shown below, Mr. Mounsey, owns the only known samples of all 4 colors (& they are Not For Sale, & yes I asked .big time ) he had saved them on a book shelf with some Chrysler headliner material which he designed while working for Stauffer Industries. The Headliner he designed was used in all Chrysler vehicles from 1971 throughout most of the 70's and eliminated the tiny holes in headliners from the 60's and Stauffer did this to reduce road noise at Chrysler request.
He had described in great detail how they engineered and manufactured the solid style headliner material which did reduced road noise considerably also reducing discoloration and was much more durable than what we have in our cars. He has swatches of pre production headliner material also and was most interested in discussing the engineering of that rather than the creation of the one of Mod Top Material which wound up on the F8 SE Daytona.
As Daytonas had been built in the summer of 1969, it would make sense that Chrysler used a high profile car on hand to test something as wild as a new vinyl top material. It is speculated this was done for a show of some type but that has yet to be confirmed, another Daytona with a vinyl top was prepped for a show and that is fully documented. This particular car was sold new in British Columbia Canada at Plimley Dodge with the top installed when it arrived which has been confirmed. , See Shipping Records provided, you can still see the name from the dealer ID tag on the real tail panel of the car.
According to Mr. Mounsey the Mod top material was designed by Chrysler Corporate with the " Films" (used for transferring the flower pattern to vinyl) coming from a Chrysler plant in Indiana. Stauffer ran a pre-production small batch in 4 colors for Chrysler which he commissioned and personally dealt with. The smaller than normal rolls of material all with the same pattern but distinct color differences in each flower could be handled by an individual while production rolls of vinyl top material required a forklift and weight over 1,000lbs . They ran one lot of it in all four colors and Mr. Mounsey sent it directly to Corporate Headquarters , he kept the samples as it was "the strangest thing he had ever produced" while working at Stauffer Industries.
I found it quite interesting the Mr. Mounsey kept a hand full of items from his employment at Stauffer and fortunately one of them happen to match the Mod Top Daytona Vinyl material exactly, you can literally line up the flower pattern when you lay it over the original section of faded vinyl top material right off of the car.
The car is undergoing a full restoration at this time, new photos will be available soon."
From an email from Todd Savage on 7/16/15:
"Here are a few never seen before shots [see below, next three pictures] of the meticulous work being performed on the Super Strange Mod Top Daytona. Massaging out all the blemishes in those original fenders was no little feat ! It was important to maintain the Original Steel parts the car was built with., As you can see from the shots posted by the Moore's [see pictures above] the front fenders had been hammered on pretty good back in the day.
Informaton about the next three pictures from Todd Savage email on 7/16/15:
"AS SHOWN the MOD TOP DAYONA it is ready for paint, well from what I have been told it is ready for a week of block sanding then paint."
Final set of new pictures (see three pictures below) and information from Todd Savage email on 7/16/15:
"During the restoration determining when and why this very strange MOD TOP car was built became a priority . We can now conclusively say it was a design team "one of" creation built during the summer of 1969 while the vehicle was converted from an R/ T Charger into a DAYTONA CHARGER at creative industries .
Also, check out this link for some amazing shots of some rare cars including the Mod Top Daytona .
Todd Savage emailed us to let us know of some great articles on his Mod Top (well, Floral, actually) Daytona:
Directly Connected Link to Mod Top Story: click here
Hemming's Blog on Todd's Mod Top Daytona: click here
Auto Blog . Todd says, "I found it interesting they are discussing my car's history back in 1969 this gave me several answers !" : click here
Auto Blog Update on the Mysterious MOD TOP DAYTONA: click here
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