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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 5:16 PM Thread Starter
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Help on finding a Conv Body

I recently inherited my dad's 68 SS hardtop and the body is too far gone (45 years in a field). i am about to have a shop restore it but am craving for a convertible car so what would be the best way of tracking down or finding a whole convertible body for sale? i have cash in hand if any of you know of one or have one for sale thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 7:58 PM
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If you want a convertible, buy the whole car. A convertible has a different frame than a coupe does, unless you want to weld reinforcements into a coupe frame. The convertible frame also has provisions for two body mounts on each side at the fire wall. Terry
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if just looking to re-body your car, may be worth looking into a Dynacorn body... little expensive, but may be worth the time and trouble of finding and restoring a convertible body.

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NO car is too far gone! it all depends on how much time and money you have! seriously though, if the cowl and windshield frame are halfway decent, you could buy a one piece floorpan assembly with rockers and braces, a full trunk pan and all the repair pieces you need for the cowl sides and bottoms. This is what I did on my 68 'vert . and a new firewall. Whatever you do, dont scrap the car. Even the tops of convertible quarters are worth something, along with the structure for the top and the tulip panel. Or if money is no object. buy a repro 70 convertible body and backdate it to a 68!
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Re: Help on finding a Conv Body

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I recently inherited my dad's 68 SS hardtop and the body is too far gone (45 years in a field). i am about to have a shop restore it but am craving for a convertible car so what would be the best way of tracking down or finding a whole convertible body for sale? i have cash in hand if any of you know of one or have one for sale thanks!
I agree with Terry. There's no point in converting a Hard Top into a 'Vert. Sell Dad's SS396 and buy yourself a 'Vert.

Just about any cop who runs your plate/tag will notice that your "registered as a Hard Top" is a 'Vert and they'll want to know why the records don't match up. If you run into a rookie you may be eating pavement until you can reassure them that you're on the up and up.

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NO car is too far gone! it all depends on how much time and money you have! seriously though, if the cowl and windshield frame are halfway decent, you could buy a one piece floorpan assembly with rockers and braces, a full trunk pan and all the repair pieces you need for the cowl sides and bottoms. This is what I did on my 68 'vert . and a new firewall. Whatever you do, dont scrap the car. Even the tops of convertible quarters are worth something, along with the structure for the top and the tulip panel. Or if money is no object. buy a repro 70 convertible body and backdate it to a 68!
Have you looked at the difference between a 70 and a 68? Its not just a bumper swap.

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old May 21st, 20, 12:48 PM
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Yeah that was just a what if...if I had more money than time and brains. I suppose it is possible but even a 68 and 69 are different , much less a 68 and 70. I also misread the original post, I thought he already had a convertible.

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