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Old 03-29-2007, 11:46 PM
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Topchop without B-pillar

On my '67 volvo amazon I would like to do a roofchop, been reading Tex Smith's book several times now...
But I want to remove the B-pillar and make it a hardtop look.
I know it's been done on merc's several times but would like some more info on how does one still keep the side windows working and still sealing off.

DIY's, journals, tech-articles, anything that could help me get things started I would appreciate it very much.

Added some pictures to give you guys an idea.

ps: sorry for my bad english.
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:59 AM
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What types of parts cars are available in your country?

I would take a look a VW old Beetle convertible for door window regulators & tracks. Also look at the beetle rear side window & how it moves forward to seal the gap.

Up to 1964 has slightly shorter glass than 1965 up.
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Old 03-30-2007, 09:56 AM
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The biggest thing you have to do is re-inforce the structural areas of the car.

Is this car on a full frame or unit body construction?

By cutting out the b-pillar you lose that support between the roofline and rocker panels so you wantn to shore up the lower section at least and possibly a hoop up around the top joining the lower piece - otherwise the body is going to sag and move.

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Those are some very good ideas i'll have to look into.

It's unibody... I'll have to figure out how to re-inforce the innersils so the roof isn't longer neccesary strengthwise....

Still some research to be done. I'll look into some convertibles at the local junkjard and see what i could use...

Thanx for the help guys.
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Have you ever considered just painting it Black? I've seen it done, and if you Tint your Windows it can be hard to see the "B" Pliiar-just a thought-
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Tried to make a picture off the car on the rotisserie and worked it a little with paint to get the idea for what i'm aiming for...

Moving the frame off the c-pilar around the rear side-window forward so the whole roof meets the a-pilars. Slanting the rear window forward.
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