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2door sedan conversion into HT ???

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12door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:37 pm

ChrisLeBay58

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Hi all, please don´t kill me for that, but...Did someone ever do that ? Is it possible to relocate the
rear section of the roof and make it shorter and also lower ?...remove the B-pillar and all ?
Do the 2 door sedans have the same door length like the HT ?
I´m asking because there are a few 2 door for sale sometimes but no Hartdtops , so since I´m good with welding and cutting, I´d like to try this
on a (rusty) project car....
I couldn´t find anything like this here on the forum, maybe someone can help.
chris



22door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:57 pm

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Member Jim Rawa [FuryJim] has done several of these conversions, and some with using a 4-door donor car that come out quite nice.

The 2-door sedan to hardtop conversion is not too difficult, if you have a solid sedan, and rusty hardtop.
You need these parts from the hardtop, roof, rear deck panel, inner quarter window panel, glass, and tracks, as well as hardtop glass from the doors, vent windows, front and rear windshield.

Attempting this without a proper hardtop donor car would be excessive work, in my opinion.
---John


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32door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:30 am

ChrisLeBay58

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John, thanks for the information. It was very helpful.
Since it´s hard to get a roof from a hardtop, I better get this out of my mind.
I have to check FuryJims conversion pics, though .
cheers,
CHRIS

42door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:39 am

Arnie1964

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Hey Chris. No one here is going to kill you for trying to save one of these old girls. I saw where someone had a 57 fury roof for sale a couple of months ago. Bet they have the other parts needed to do the conversion.


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52door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:33 am

JAG

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my HT is in HORRIBLE shape but i am fixing her and making her work, you can see how i cut my car up, it is very similar to what someone would have to do to make a conversion


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62door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:38 am

58plym

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JAG wrote:my HT is in HORRIBLE shape but i am fixing her and making her work, you can see how i cut my car up, it is very similar to what someone would have to do to make a conversion
I have heard from several Hot Rod builders, If you have a torch you can do anything Hee! Hee! and it is true some people are amazing cuttinsg cars in the right places Smile


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72door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:40 am

JAG

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58plym wrote:
JAG wrote:my HT is in HORRIBLE shape but i am fixing her and making her work, you can see how i cut my car up, it is very similar to what someone would have to do to make a conversion
I have heard from several Hot Rod builders, If you have a torch you can do anything Hee! Hee! and it is true some people are amazing cuttinsg cars in the right places Smile

i used a cut off wheel and a sawzall bob, did i do it wrong?? scratch lol!

82door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:43 am

58plym

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No you did good Joe a cut off wheel and sawzall works great, Does a little more sanatary job. Smile


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92door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:10 pm

ChrisLeBay58

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JAG wrote:my HT is in HORRIBLE shape but i am fixing her and making her work, you can see how i cut my car up, it is very similar to what someone would have to do to make a conversion
yeah, I would like to see stuff like this, maybe I´ll get more confident then .
I really need some Inspiration ! :study:
Thanks everybody !

102door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:54 pm

Evilstretch

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Just wondering if you could do a conversion easier like how this bloke did it down here but again you'd need a rusty 2 door to start with.

http://ccc.informe.com/forum/off-topic-section-f12/holden-monaro-restoration-t4625.html


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112door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:57 am

ChrisLeBay58

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thanks for the link ! Amazing sometimes what can be done on cars.... !
Are the doors on the two door the same like on the coupe ? Same length ?

122door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:03 am

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door length is the same the doors skins are the same whats up top isnt the same the vent frames and ect.., just swap in 2dr ht doors its a bolt on deal. Smile

132door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:16 am

ChrisLeBay58

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terrific ! Thanks for the information.
The next thing I need is the roof height difference between a 2 door sedan and a
Hardtop . It can´t be more than 2 inches, I suppose.... Question

142door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:37 pm

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the floors and cowl are the same even on a four door, there is just one brace missing


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152door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:55 pm

318Fins

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ChrisLeBay58 wrote:terrific ! Thanks for the information.
The next thing I need is the roof height difference between a 2 door sedan and a
Hardtop . It can´t be more than 2 inches, I suppose.... Question
Abe a freind of mine is currentley doing exactley that swap he has a restored nice 58 2dr sedan and hes doing the swap with a ht setup I sold him from a parts car i had last year, hes swapping the roof/package tray,both doors, and inner quarter window panels,hes curentley prepping the parts and will post pics once the actual swap starts, the roof is actually almost 3 inches taller and longer than the ht roof ,big difference in size. Jim Rawa "Furyjim"has done many of them ,and as Jag said the floorpan is same length on all of them only the bracing from floors up change, except for station wagon those are longer wheelbase.
check with "big M" John he just got in a 58 dodge that has the whole roof setup I believe thay are the same.

162door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:32 pm

ChrisLeBay58

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wow, 3 inches... that´s even more than I thought !
It´s a good idea with the Dodge HT roof, but I think it will cost me a fortune to ship that to germany :-(
I was more thinking of chopping and shortening a sedan roof.
My friend chopped a 50´mercury and other cars so maybe he can help me.
Regarding the glass, maybe it´s possible to cut it also to the right height.?

Or maybe I should just wait a little longer and buy a HT one day.
I´m 41 now and I´m looking for a 57 or 58 HT since I was 17 !!!
2 door Sedans are easier to get, that´s why I had that idea.
cheers,
Chris

172door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:22 pm

318Fins

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The hts pop up from time to time often at good prices to me thats the best way to go if thats your favorite bodystyle,, I always wanted to do a conversion myself Ive just never had a sedan and ht laying around at the same time, Ive seen sedans in much better shape, the glass is tempered on these cars so I dont think you can cut any of it,the windshield is saftey glass.If you factor in your labor time and shipping its probably cheaper just to do a original ht , none of them are cheaper than the other to restore, but ht and convertibles still worth the most after restoration or even in running condition.
look through all craigslist ive found countless 57-58s plyms on there over the years just this year alone many many have popped up all over the country,at reasonable prices.



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182door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:26 pm

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my uncle would say cut everything and make it work but he will never take no for an answer lol! i couldnt believe it when he showed me the windshield he cut to fit in his vw beattle chopped


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192door sedan conversion into HT ??? Empty Re: 2door sedan conversion into HT ??? on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:57 am

ChrisLeBay58

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I found a 57 HT located in Ohio (on craigslist) but it was already gone ! Sad
Most of the Plymouth Cars I find on the internet are on (L)ebay, but it´s hard to find someone who sells worldwide.
I have bad luck when it comes to Plymouth coupes. I even found one in germany a couple of years ago, when I had the money on the next day (!) it was already sold....
But probably you´re right. I´m gonna wait a little longer and at the end
it´ll pay off.
Thanks again for all the tips, this is a great community here !
Chris

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