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    Hey guys. Ive got an 86 vert that is getting to the point where it needs a top and some window work. The car is low miles and really solid. Ive got a ton of work in this car and it has some sentimental value as well. Its went from 15 sec car down to a 10 sec car over the last 8 years ive owned it. Ive been kicking around the idea of converting it to a notch for a while and I stumbled up the perfect donor car and I have decided im gonna do it this winter. Ive been searching for days for all of the info and pics I can find. Ive seen the pics a video from chris gish's car on yellowbullet and that has given me some good info. Of anybody has done this and/or has any info or pics on it it woild be greatly appreciated.

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    I have built multiple convertible "Phantom Conversion" cars (Not Mustangs) over the years and am VERY familiar with the metal work, time and ability needed to do "Roof" conversions. In case you are wondering what I mean by "Phantom Conversion" cars these were cars that never existed in a convertible roof form from the OEM manufacturer. All were completed with working folding tops just as the OEM would have done. I have also replace a roof or two on an early Mustang.

    Since you already have the "Perfect Donor Car" (your words) and want to go from a convertible to a coupe then I suggest you just swap all your go fast goody parts over to the coupe. Much Easier, Much Cheaper AND you can always swap back all your go fast goodies to the convertible when you get tired of the coupe. Can the conversion you desire be done? Absolutely! But WHY?

    Four Eye Mustang Coupes and Aero Mustang coupes are WAY TO CHEAP to buy to even consider a convertible to coupe conversion such as you have suggested. I say that not even worrying about all the mods you may have made to the convertible to make it go 10 seconds. You can do the same mods cheaper and easier than a convertible to coupe conversion and have a car at the end of the day that has value when you decide to sell!
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    To do this you would need to take the a pillars off the convertible. The windshield on verts has a different rake than coupes. It will be cheaper to replace the top.
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    The donor car has the frontend from the shock towers forward hacked off for some reason. My car is very solid and I have a lot of work in it now. I cant say for sure because I have never done this conversion but I would be willing to bet that I would have a lot more work in starting over with a new car. Again I cant say for sure but acvording to the other article I read from a guy who did this, the windshield rake was the same, however I would splice it in the pillars. Vintage racer do you have any pictures of your conversions? Specificaly of the trunk/ rear quarter area?

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    Maybe someone makes a fiberglass top silmilar to convertible vettes and 2 seat t-birds.

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    Not really looking for a fiberglass top. I want to make my car a notch. I was trying to see if anyone had any info or pics on foing this. I plan to document it all when I do it. Im not saying it will be easy but, its what I want for the car. I coild get anpther top put on but with the car getting faster and faster I dont know how often it will be an issue. On top of that there has only been a few times I have actually enjoyed driving it with the top down. Its just become more of a hassle for me.

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    I looked here but no Fox Mustang version..... http://www.smoothline.com/

    I myself would not do it.....way to much involved but if you have the skill to work with metal it would be a cool project.

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    By changing everything over to a coupe instead of modifying your vert it will also be lighter. The good part about the verts IMHO is that thought they do weigh more, when the top is down you are putting more weight over the rear tires which is good for traction.
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    Yea I would really like to get the car under 3000lbs street weight. Your probably right about the vert weight but I dont ever race with the top down.

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    I'll weigh in and say I think the notch conversion is a cool idea! I read about that guy in the Mustang magazine (can't remember which one) that did it, and I was amazed! Post a build thread for sure!
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    If you do a Google search, there was a discussion forum that references a YouTube video with a Fox convertible/coupe conversion as the topic. I'm at work, so I can't check out the video, but you could try searching for it and see what comes up.
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    The video is of chris gish's car. That is the one that was in the magazine. Its a sweet vid but it is timelapsed on a camera from one angle. Hard to see what he did in the trunk area but I did get aome ideas from it.

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    There is a discussion about it from 2012 on another forum. I'd mention the forum's name, but because of issues surrounding that venue and FEP members, I suggest a Google search for more info.
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    foxresto has convertible top kit on sale for $400.
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    i'd like to see the results, as this sounds like a really cool project. but if you're mechanically inclined enough to tackle a project like this, you most likely will have an easy time installing a new vert top. just saying.

    do you plan on converting the interior as well? you're going to free up a lot of room once the convertible stuff is out of the car.

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    Yea I am gonna have to start a build thread. I have the notch all cut apart already. I scored a set of newer doors, quarter windows, interior pieces and trim. I wont know for sure exactly where I am going to seam it untill I get the vert tore apart. Not sure I want to start that untill I know im done driving it for the year. I am not a body guy so I wil probably need some help with the finish work but I dont think that its gonna be that bad. I am planning on it taking most of yhe winter as I dont have a lot of free time.

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    Looks like it is getting real now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webestang View Post
    I looked here but no Fox Mustang version..... http://www.smoothline.com/

    I myself would not do it.....way to much involved but if you have the skill to work with metal it would be a cool project.
    Well, lookie here: https://www.smoothline.com/mustang

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    Quote Originally Posted by webestang View Post
    I looked here but no Fox Mustang version..... http://www.smoothline.com/

    I myself would not do it.....way to much involved but if you have the skill to work with metal it would be a cool project.
    Well, lookie here: https://www.smoothline.com/mustang

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgettel View Post
    Cool....I guess it was just a matter of time before they made them for Mustang's.

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