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Unread 10-24-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1966 Mustang coupe to convertible conversion questions

hey all, i have a 66 coupe i want to make into a convertable. it had a vinyl roof and is all rotted. so why not, i am trying to make a list of parts i need. if you have done this it would be a great help. i can weld and have the time and money just wanted to know all the parts i need.
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You'll need vert seat platforms, vert reinforcement plate, vert inner and outer rockers, torque boxes, and some other sheetmetal, most of which is reproduced. You'll also need vert interior panels, which are repop'ed and a vert back seat, which can be made out of a coupe seat. You'll also need a top well and a top frame, good luck finding those. There is more to it that I don't remember, been too long since I've watched anyone do a conversion. I do remember the windshield frame is the same but will need some fabrication to finish the top off properly.
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You'll need vert seat platforms, vert reinforcement plate, vert inner and outer rockers, torque boxes, and some other sheetmetal, most of which is reproduced. You'll also need vert interior panels, which are repop'ed and a vert back seat, which can be made out of a coupe seat. You'll also need a top well and a top frame, good luck finding those. There is more to it that I don't remember, been too long since I've watched anyone do a conversion. I do remember the windshield frame is the same but will need some fabrication to finish the top off properly.
You forgot one thing...he'll also need a ton of cash
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I seem to remember a few different suppliers with kits for this purpose advertised in Mustang Monthly. Seems the kits were around $2,500.

What you can do is what the above folks said, buy all the metal parts that are ragtop specific.....I did a lot of major surgery on my '66 convertible, and it really wasn't so bad. Inner rockers, torque boxes front and rear, reinforcement pans under the front seats, the sheetmetal reinforcement/framework around the back seat for the convertible top, and the plate that bolts between the front seats are the main things. This will get you one really solid coupe, or cut the top off for a convertible.

The hard part: Finding a convertible top frame. The lift motor, hoses and cylinders will get you in about $500 or a little less for the power top. But as for the frame, man, I think you'd hafta find a donor car for that, or look on eBay.

I actually watched a complete top frame, lift mechanism, top, pads, etc for a 91 Mustang got for like $100 on eBay. But finding such a setup for an old Mustang might be hard without buying the whole car.

Which begs the argument: If you find a decent donor convertible, you may as well spend the time and money on that body, and use the nice coupe as your parts car.

Or shine up and sell the coupe, and get a convertible.

I was poised to undertake this same thing with a '66 six cylinder hardtop. I was gonna cut the top and swap in a V8. My dad told me "why don't you just go find a V8 convertible in the first place?"

Good advice.

So if you have a nice coupe, spruce it up and put it on eBay. Then, hit craigslist.org and find yourself a nice Mustang convertible to restore. You might actually save yourself a lot of headache this way

Good luck,

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p.s.: either way, Preacher is right. You will need tons of cash.
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Check out Mustangs plus, they have a "Ronster" kit that includes a chassis strengthening kit (you need to weld that on before hacking off the roof!!) and a tonneau cover, along with some other stuff, for like $1200.

https://www.mustangsplus.com/xcart/p...at=2367&page=1

They also have a "retractable hartop" that turns your hardtop into a convertible with a fold-out fiberglass top. I think that one is like $2500.
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Cracker289 is correct! Check out Mustangs Plus, they also have a retractable top conversion, to create a hardtop convertible.
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i too am looking to convert my 66 coupe into a convertible. i just bought it yesterday as a project that i will start when i get home from deployment. i looked at mustang plus and saw the ronster kit, and have some questions. does it still have a top or is it permanently topless? or is there a soft top hiding under the cover? im 19 and have wanted a mustang since i was little and im not a veteran with these things but hey everyone has to start somewhere right? thanks for the help.
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The ronster kit leaves you with no roof at all.To make a coupe a convertible its a lot cheaper just to buy a convertible and fix it up.Half the car is different from the floor pan the rockers the top and the list goes on.
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from what ive seen though is there was a retractable hard top kit before is that still in production and would that help me out? or is that to convert a soft top convertable into a hard top?
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The retractable hard top has not been made in years now.
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Full stop. Think, man, think.

If you are really able to weld, find a real convertible project car and re-do the entire bottom that such a car will need. Put your time and money into a "real" convertible and help keep another classic on the road. Don't try to create a monster that you will soon get tired of (the modifications, time, energy and money will eat you alive) and that may actually end up as scrap.

If you can't find a good 'vert project car, I -- and many other enthusiasts on this forum -- will help you. Just ask.

Or, ignore me and give it a shot. Either way, good luck.
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thanks i decided to leave it alone. the car looks too good for me to mess with its look. at least when i was posting i thought the car i purchased was going to be a bigger project than what it was... im in iraq and didnt see the car personally before i bought it... i went off my dads oppinion and took a jump but it looks great and i will definately be keeping it original thanks for the help all.
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Well I bought a coupe convertible by mistake, or lack of disclosure and complete inspection. If I had to do it over I wouldn't. I live on the west coast which makes things a little more expessive, it cost generally about $4,000 to make the structural changes. The problem is the vehicle is still a coupe even though it has all the correct parts an more. Additionally, keeping everything is alignment is difficult. Good luck on finding the brace behind the seat. I found one in Kentucky which cost $500 including shipping 6 years ago. Do not forget that the side windows are different and when last checked are not reproduced. I found four last year at Portland swap for $475. If I had to do it over I would look for a good convertible for a reasonable price. Or you could buy mine, because I think I want to purchase the new 2011 V6 convertible. Good luck.
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