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Old 10-25-2003, 11:53 PM
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Convertable lincoln

i want to make my 79 lincoln mark 5 a convertable. i dont want a folding convertable but a carson top or a lift off glass top. is there any sugestions or pointers anyone can give me? even though i know its a full frame car, will it weaken it to take off the top? im thinkin of making the front portion like a lap joint so the roof sits on the windsheild area like a step kinda and using a seal in between with some convertable top latches from another car. in the rear im not to sure. im thinking of making plates to box everthing off and using studs in the roof and holes in the body to align it and using another set of ragtop latches. that just leaves me with what to do for the side windows. i could probally get some extra tracks/regulators from the same kinda car at the junkyard so they have the same curvature and make the windows roll down. might have to use the glass too and cut it to fit.

let me know what you all think of this and my ideas and give me any tips you might have.

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Old 10-26-2003, 05:35 AM
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I thoughtall you had was a Duster. Where'd you get the Lincoln? As far as cutting off the roof to make a 'vert out of iy I'd say forget it. It will weaken it considerably. Fix it up into a slammed cruiser amd maybe on down the road swap it for a convertable. Just my $.02 though.

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I dont think it will weaken it that much. There is so much metal in that thing, you would never bend it.
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I don't think it will sag much either. You should put some structure in the rocker boxes though as a precaution to avoid that potential.
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all i used to have was the duster, then i crashed it and its been sitting waiting for me to get the parts and time to fix it. i picked up the lincoln for 1000 from the original owner as somthing to drive until i fix the duster. since then, i shaved the side moulding side lights, door handles, emblems, trunk lock, vynal top &trim and primered it black. got air suspension and some wire wheels so its already a cruiser. i got the wheels for free, but im getting some supremes for it when i get the cash. the frame looks strong enough to me, its already a boxed frame so it should be able to handle it, but ill probally reinforce it just in case.
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