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t-tops = twisted body???

Hey any thoughts on an 81 Firebird with t-tops? I just put in a beefy 350/350 combo, now need to spend some $$$ on body/paint work. Some say t-top cars are prone to twisting in the frame or body. What could help prevent this (sub frame connectors?) Or should i start loooking for a solid hard top shell and swapp my interior, engine etc... over before spending any real cash on this leaky old t-top car???? Any thoughts Thanks

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Hey any thoughts on an 81 Firebird with t-tops? I just put in a beefy 350/350 combo, now need to spend some $$$ on body/paint work. Some say t-top cars are prone to twisting in the frame or body. What could help prevent this (sub frame connectors?) :
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Had a T top "86 Mustang GT. That car shuddered and shook until I did the chassis reinforcement routine and shock tower braces. Afterwards it just shook, but nowhere near as much as before. Tho it never happened to me, some of these would deform (wrinkle the top) the body permanently - did to a guy I worked with but he had a very much modified engine while mine was stock. Luckily, my T tops never leaked, but most T tops and a lot of the moon roofs did.

These T top cars do look nice, are a good compromise for a convertible - I'd reinforce with frame connectors and possibly a 6 point roll bar and drive it.
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thanx

Thanx for the response, reinforced frame sounds right... x-style cross bracing has been recomended i still don't know if i'm running sooooo much power that I need to worry. However the tops leak (of course) and always have... maybe a hard top is the way to go
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I've got a 79Transam in the shop right now that had some strange buckles in the roof that I'd relate to twist. It now has welded in subframe connectors so hopefully that'll brace it up good enough for the built 403 going in. there was also some small cracks where the roof joins the quarters. Bob
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I've got a '79 Trans Am (not a T-top), so I tend to notice them. I've also seen some cracks forming in the roof on some T-top models.
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