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    Posted: 13-November-2016 at 9:34AM
has anyone tried swapping roofs from formal to a fastback
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Sounds like a lot of work.
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Originally posted by kychevyguy kychevyguy wrote:

Sounds like a lot of work.
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I had to put a new skin on my formal and there were I'd bet 300 spot welds holding that piece on... and I'm sure the inner structure would need to be changed to go from formal to sportsroof, which means the quarters would have to come off.

DEFINITELY A TON OF WORK Ouch

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Besides the 1/4 panels and roof having to be removed (and swapped), you will need new door, rear and 1/4 side glass and the Formal cars had a structural brace in the trunk on either side that the Sportroofs did not. Also you would need the Sportroof window channel and roof trim. It is doable, but an immense amount of work.
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Confused Be better to just find a fastback .
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Quote It is doable, but an immense amount of work.
 
embrace the Formal roof, sometimes i think they look tougher than the Sportsroof anyways Thumbs Up
 
the Formal roof can look Lean & Mean where the Fastback can look like it's got too much junk in the trunk if you know what i mean?


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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

Quote It is doable, but an immense amount of work.
 
embrace the Formal roof, sometimes i think they look tougher than the Sportsroof anyways Thumbs Up
 
the Formal roof can look Lean & mean where the Fastback can look like it's got too much junk in the trunk if you know what i mean?
i agree
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-November-2016 at 10:01AM
Fastbacks look wrong jacked up in the back.
Go Formal!!!!
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Would you people stop badmouthing my car? Angry


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NOT worth the time and effort.
If a Sport Roof is what you want, there are PLENTY out there to buy.
 
I have done roof replacements and let me tell you, IT IS NOT FUN!!
 
As said in other posts... you will need so many parts from a sport roof and so much work that you will need a GOOD sport roof as a donor. At that point... just build the sport roof.
 
IF you say you are doing it because of the lack of funds or you have both cars already... DON'T.
Truth is you are fooling yourself, you will spend FAR MORE MONEY doing the swap than just buying and building a Sport. If you are doing it to save money, NOPE! You will spend FAR more and be YEARS to complete IF you even got it done.
EVERYTHING from the scallop line on the quarters UP is different. Different trunk angle, different upper quarters all the back to the end of the car, different support structures over the wheel wells, different rear package tray, different windows (ALL OF THEM), different interior panels, different trim etc...
Basically you would have to cut a formal just past the A-Pillar and at the scallop body line starting at the door jamb back to the rear filler panel behind the bumper and do the same on the sport then swap... the work... FUTILE.
 
 
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yeah wow, i forgot about the glass too, and the unobtainium seals between the windows and the corner on the 1/4 panel
haha i might even have those in a box somewhere Ermm

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I se and understand all of your suggestions the formal roof is a donor because have no title and sportroof needs new floors from firewall back looked easier to cut and swap roof haha.after weeks of looking easier jus to swap floor thanks for help
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Originally posted by Hooter Hooter wrote:

I se and understand all of your suggestions the formal roof is a donor because have no title and sportroof needs new floors from firewall back looked easier to cut and swap roof haha.after weeks of looking easier jus to swap floor thanks for help
 
So, you have the title for the Sport Roof?
if that is the case and the formal has good floors HELL YEAH swap the floors is WAY easier!
A whole lot more forgiving and less need to be PERFECT.
 
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