He's getting a new top because the original had SEVERAL rust holes the size of my hands....I'm talking all the way through so that the headliner could be seen.
The guy that took the vinyl top off and did the body work the first time around, never mentioned any of this to us. He just filled in the holes with Bondo, smoothed it over and painted it. Five months later, the rust started bubbling back through.
As for the 69 panel....thought about it but no, I/we like the round lights better plus the car keep it's value if we keep it original.