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I know this sounds blasphemous...but I am saving a car from the crusher after all...

I would like to know if anyone has ever converted a coupe into a convertible and what the major issues are in a nutshell? I am entertaining turning a non-numbers matching 66 V8 coupe...bad floors, bad frame rails, no interior etc....into a convertible or roadster.

About 20 years ago I saw a 66' in a magazine that had undergone this conversion and it was very tasteful..not to mention incredibly fast...twin turbos, a custom fabricated chassis and slightly modified body...minor wheel flares, grille treatment.

I am planning to fabricate an entire custom chassis, using late model 5.0 running gear and mild body modifications. My experience in fabrication is certainly above average, have built many body pieces from composite materials over the years and have very talented cohorts for things that I am not good at.

I am truly not looking to do any injustice to a really nice make and model..but see some huge potential in saving one of the best looking Mustang years...in my opinion...from the crusher and get the ride that I have always dreamed of. I also can not, in good faith, complete these level of modifications to a restorable convertible.

Your insight would be greatly appreciated.
 

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This issue has been before the forum quite a few times in the past. The concensus is that it isn't feasable for the product you would end up with. There are frame issues, top and body issues that would be cost prohibitive.....
 

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I can't disagree with your logic. Just remember to add in the structural components that convertibles have that coupes don't. There are extra cross-members underneath, a lateral steel panel between the trunk and rear seats, as well as export braces in the engine compartment. I highly recommend that you study a real convertible from a structural perspective and apply what you see to your project.
 

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I can't answer in the area of structural integrity, because I don't know the exact differences between a coupe and vert.

I'd like to answer the "should I?" part of it, though. I say go for it! Build the car YOU want to own/drive. So many of us modify these cars beyond belief, because we want to modernize and personalize them. If you're like me and it's your daily driver, it's you that needs to be happy with it, not the purists.

If this were a rare car, I'd say find a different candidate, but if it's a run of the mill coupe, hack it up and make some art! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
 
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Thanks for all the input...positive and negative...it is always good to get all the different perspectives.

Mach1Pilot and Tim...thanks for the encouragement! I have scanned through all the 'threads' regarding this subject on this board and I am not scared of what the job consists of. Where I live, the majority of cars need fender aprons, shock towers, floorpans, frame rail replacements etc. If I am going to be in it for that anyways...why not design it the way I want it!
 

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Isn't that what the Ronster is?? It was a coupe that was turned into a convertible and very strong engine in it as well.. It seems that it can be done with some work.


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Ron
 
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