oooooooo what I've gotooooooo

oooooooooooowhat I want ooooo

 

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May 2018 and here we go

start with some bracing to minimize body flex

 

then mark and cut the A-pillars

 

generously cutting out the rear window area

 

leaving a gaping hole

 

B-pillars are next

 

after the C-pillars are cut the roof comes off

 

instant convertible

 

aligning the A-pillars and checking drop and angle

 

to avoid porthole type short rear side windows

 

we'll cut out the whole side panel and move that backwards

 

steel bars inside the car support the wobbly roof

 

part of the c-pillar is used to fill the gap above the door

 

relief cuts at the base of the B-pillars and a ratchet strap to bend the posts in

 

checking comfy driving position...

 

trickiest bit obviously is the rear section

 

and that's the end of day one

 

finishing late with a barbie and a beer...

 

leaning forward the rear window area to match the roof curve

 

folding down the lower lip to avoid bump in the sail panel

 

roof panel filler piece

 

triangular patch panel is all it needs to finish the rear

 

nice flow of the roof line including the original drip rail swing to the rear mark the end of day two

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puzzling back together the pieces of the door frame

 

with a lot of welding and hammering into position

 

making a rounded corner for rear side window

 

drop in a seat cushion...

 

...and have girlfriend check for cruising comfort

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one doorframe each mark the end of day three and four

...

 

and then it's endless grinding of a zillion spotwelds

 

and li'l details like fixing the line of a door edge with welding rod

 

getting gaps kinda sorta straight

 

adding steel strips to the cut out C-pillar drip rails

to get a smooth flowing curve towards the rear

 

adding steel bars and patch panels to make the inside rigid as well

 

just never forget to step back and study the flow

 

 

lots more cool details as we go!