35th Anniv How to make your hardtop 35th into a convertible!

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  1. 6T9_CHARGER_RT

    6T9_CHARGER_RT New Member

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    In a few easy steps :rlaugh:

    Won a hardtop Performance Red 1:18 off ebay for a decent price...$12!
    The convertibles are pretty hard to find so...I made my own:D
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    I also bought a "base" red 99 'vert a while back new in the box. Looking at the hard top, it looked like most of the convertible stuff would fit but how to get rid of the hardtop roof?
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    taking the car apart revealed that the roof was molded separately and was rivited onto the body.
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    Removing the roof revealed some raw diecast metal that just needed some Performance Red touch up paint...the convertible boot goes "inside" the car & doesnt cover this area
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    You also need to remove the windshield assy from the donor car (its all plastic including the pillar posts....which also need touch up paint to match)
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    Heres the interior & chassis waiting for the roofless body...
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    Screwed it all back together & viola .... A convertible 35th Anniversary LE 1:18th

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    Good idea, been wanting to do it myself. I have a white coupe that I would love to make into vert. I have a donor black LE vert, but don't see how to take front of body off of car. Where are the fasteners?
    Thanks,
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    You need to take the rear axle set up off first (2 screws)

    In rear wheel wells there is 1 screw on each side (visible when you take rear axle assy off)

    There is 1 more screw hidden under the trans assy...the trans case & exhaust assy seperate to reveal the screw

    Front susp does not have to come off....

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks, I did figure it out , but had to go out. As soon as I came home I rushed to finish it. Looks good, thanks for the idea. Also good looking Charger!
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    Ha thats great! Now you just need to paint the windshield frame white to match....

    PS--thanks for the kind words!
     
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    Sharp eyes, never thought about windsheld frame, will have to paint it now. Anyone know if all the LE models were manual shifter?
     
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    Cool swap. I never knew the 35th anniversary cars had the '01-04 wing. Or I guess that's really the other way around. ;)
     
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  8. VOORHEES

    VOORHEES Stangnet's "35th Limited Edition" VIN Guy Mod Dude

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    The 1/18th scale models were all manual.

    -J
     
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    VOORHEES Stangnet's "35th Limited Edition" VIN Guy Mod Dude

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    Actually the wing is "Limited" model specific. It has a flat top and the 01-04's have a character line that runs the length of the spoiler.

    -Jason
     
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    Hate to revive an old thread, but it would be awesome if you could paint the wheels with the DSG color inserts they had from the factory.
     
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    VOORHEES Stangnet's "35th Limited Edition" VIN Guy Mod Dude

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    I know. The wheels are the only thing off on the 1/18. Oh well.
     
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    Noobz347 Stangnet Facilities Maint Tech... Er... Janitor Admin Dude

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    Oh yeah??? Let see ya put the top up! :D
     
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