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Old 06-07-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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Making my 88 a ttop

So i want to purchase this camaro from this auto shop. the whole body is rusted out but it has a good ttop roof on it. Would it be possible to chop the top off of that car and use it as a donor for mine? What problems would i run into? Easy enough to DYI?
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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thats the only way to convert 3rd gens to verts is chopping and swapping tops.


problems:
misalignment of your cuts
windshield removal
spacing
possible rust
door alignment
rear hatch alignment
windshield install
welding pillars together properly

just to name a few.

its been done before, i havent seen a direct writeup for it tho but ill look.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:18 AM   #3
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But just for t-tops.

That's not as much work as if it were a vert, right...

Can't he just do the t-top mod to his 3rd Gen, or no?
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But just for t-tops.

That's not as much work as if it were a vert, right...

Can't he just do the t-top mod to his 3rd Gen, or no?
if it were a vert, it would involve even more work as you have to fab up the hatch components.


but no, the 3rd gen doesnt have the same setup as the 4th gens do where in effect, all 4th gen f-bods (except verts) are t-top capable cars, the hard tops just had the extra spars of steel stamp welded in place.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:32 PM   #5
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Only way to do it is to cut the entire roof off and transplant it onto the other car. Tricky job.

If you REALLY want a t-top car then I suggest you keep looking.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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If you really want an '88 with a T-Top I have one for ya. I'am waiting on an 010 Camaro and have a California V6 the dealer would rather I sold PP. 100k on a V6, RS 5 speed manual. A/C needs work. Hood and drivers fender replaced in 1989, accident. Sheet metal was the only damage. PM me.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:12 PM   #7
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im doing the same thing to my 86. im taking the ttops from an 82 and putting them on the 86, but theres 2 ways to do it. one is to chop off the whole roof, or u cud cut the ttop measurements in the hardtop, and put the weather stripping and middle bar in from the other car. either way is expensive, and not much difference in time or money.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:24 PM   #8
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I dont see how this is expensive unless your paying someone to do this. I am getting ready to do this to a 87. I am a fabricator and have done extensive metal fabrication to street rods and lowriders and muscle cars so its not that big of a deal to me, but it is an extensive job if you dont know what your doing. BTW I got the roof with t-tops and all for $30.00!! hehehe
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:13 PM   #9
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honestly, if you havent done so already i wouldnt do it. t- top cars are a dime a dozen now. I got my car for free with no rust.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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honestly, if you havent done so already i wouldnt do it. t- top cars are a dime a dozen now. I got my car for free with no rust.
I have a dime. I'll take a dozen please. I have an 87 gta with t-tops and I wish I didn't have them. they creek , moan, and leak. and have done so since new.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:51 PM   #11
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mine dont creek or anything, just leak because i still have the orginal gaskets from 86 on it... i want to get the car painted before i put new rubber on it, this way no paint or anything on it
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mine dont creek or anything, just leak because i still have the orginal gaskets from 86 on it... i want to get the car painted before i put new rubber on it, this way no paint or anything on it
Mine is the one in my avatar I've had it since new. It only has 39000miles on it.
the t-tops leaked from day one. they looked at it many times and said they all do it. It doesn't anymore because it doesn't see rain any more. It leaks where the door glass meets the t-tops upfront on both sides.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:12 PM   #13
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Mine is the one in my avatar I've had it since new. It only has 39000miles on it.
the t-tops leaked from day one. they looked at it many times and said they all do it. It doesn't anymore because it doesn't see rain any more. It leaks where the door glass meets the t-tops upfront on both sides.

Call me crazy, but I see a 2010 Camaro in your avatar.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:04 PM   #14
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OP>> Go to thirdgen.org and search for this. There is a thread on how to do it. It takes A LOT of work. If I were you, stick with the hardtop! You better be damn good at body work to make it work and have it not leak and look original. Good luck!
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:32 AM   #15
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Any dealer that tells you they can't stop your t-tops from leaking simply isn't trying.

New soffseal gaskets and a few minutes spent adjusting the latch receivers will give you a dry fit. On some cars that leak in the front of the window, it may be necessary to adjust the window track a little bit too.

These cars can be made to be tight, and it's not hard.
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