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Convertable Cougar!!!

hey guys i have my cougar sitting at the house right now and its pretty much seen its better days about 3 years ago (before i bought it lol)

but me and my friends were thing of cutting the whole roof off and we thought about the hatch but we don't know and make it into a permanent convertible.... do u think with the roof and the hatch gone would the car pretty much get crashed sooner or later

i would probably bought some enforcement in the front where the windshield is but do u think a st200 rear strut bar can hold the rear.... and also then what ever is removed would be covered with fiberglass and molded to the car \



what do u think LOL

do u think its possible.
 

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Possible, but not easy or cheap.
Based on what has been said about the Targa Top Cougar, youre going to want a hell of a lot of support, not just the strut bar and a bit on the windshield.
Look into something more like what they did to last gen Cougar to make the convt concept for it.
 

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well see if i take the roof off there would be no hatch or roof i mean would the body become unstable u think... unless i get rods to hold both sides togethter and some support for the windsheild
 
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Its actually been tried by , by an old member of COOGA. Ndru. Hes no longer on here, but they did try it. It didnt work.
 

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Yea, if you simply cut off the roof and remove the hatch...the car will pretty much fold itself in half. Not literally, but I would be willing to bet that if you opened the doors, you wouldn't get them to close again.
 

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what if when i remove the roof and the hatch in the trunk there are rods from one end to the other and then where the hatch was would be fiberglassed to cover the hole so the rods would never be seen

the only thing is i cant think of a way to support the windshield
 

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You need major reinforcing under the car to keep it from buckling in the middle. Same goes for the windshield, if you ever rolled it you would be dead! If you don't have years of experience doing similar projects I would advise against it!
 

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The major concern is the elimination of the B & C pillars and the roof, not the hatch itself. The floor will need some serious reinforcement (an X brace was mentioned before) to keep the middle of the car from sagging. The windshield should be able to support itself, but probably wouldn't hold up well in a roll over.

Edit: Maverick beat me to it.
 

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hehe, I'm Quick!

It would be a nice car if it was done right, But can you imagine an I4 automatic Convertible with all the extra reinforcing! That thing would be so slow, old people on electric carts would be passing you! :rofl:
 

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wait first off i have a V6.......

and second that pics is hot

thats all


btw i am trying to see what else needs to be done before i start on this project.
 

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Originally posted by: billetcoug
btw i am trying to see what else needs to be done before i start on this project.
You need experience in Automotive Engineering!

Otherwise you might as well drive it into a wall, because at the end of it all you will achieve the same result!
 

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guess what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!im still thinking of doing it. I wont be doing this all by my self but i see what ur saying but all i keep reading is i need enforment. So i install alot of rods and an X bracket what else would be needed?
 

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Originally posted by: MaverickFlyer
Originally posted by: billetcoug
btw i am trying to see what else needs to be done before i start on this project.
You need experience in Automotive Engineering!

Otherwise you might as well drive it into a wall, because at the end of it all you will achieve the same result!
Going to college for that, so i'll jump...

Yes, it is possible. To do it would take (if you don't BS 90% of the work) a month, plus painting, then another month retrofitting a convertible top to fit. You would need an x-brace along the bottom of the car, from end to end and so on, plus several more braces in key areas (wheel wells, a montecarlo bar, a brace nuderneath the front seats, under the rear seats, reenforced windshield, reenforced door hinges and latches, several more). Actually, you could rip out the back two seats and probably fit a top from a wrecked '00-'05 T-Bird in, providing the top remained completely intact. If one part is bent, it'll never fold open/closed right. I'd estimate parts (expecting you'd do it yourself) at around $3,000 to $5,000.

If you don't brace it, it'll snap in half like the Titanic did. It's an ambitious idea, but I'd try it on a beater Escort or something first... no wait, I wouldn't try it myself at all. There are too many variables and things to go wrong, unless you had a shop do it for you. McLaren did a small number of Lincoln Mk. VII LSC coupes into convertibles, but they were real f'n pricey.

But if you want something no one else has, go for it.
 

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thats about it, I think most of the people in this thread are blowing the difficulty out of proportion.

The other option would be to just wield the doors shut and remove the glass.

I agree with sonza, I think the windshield is strong enough to support itself without additional bracing [not including rollovers]
 

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Originally posted by: bensenvill
thats about it, I think most of the people in this thread are blowing the difficulty out of proportion.

The other option would be to just wield the doors shut and remove the glass.

I agree with sonza, I think the windshield is strong enough to support itself without additional bracing [not including rollovers]
That's actually not a bad idea, and may shave a hell of a lot of time off the project. But if you go that route i would re-enforce the doors, and make sure those welds are dam good. Probably a much easier route.
 
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