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#1 Midget Whisperer

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hey guys,

 

I need your guy's help.  I am starting a project soon where I am going to convert a Corvair coupe to a Convertible.

 

If you guys have done anything similar I would like your advice and tips.

 

Please comment.  Thanks



#2 jeffs396

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:44 PM

Nick, it should be a pretty easy conversion. Modelhaus makes a boot for one too:

 

http://www.modelhaus...?c=4041&p=68969



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:04 AM

Thanks,   

Just checked out your link.  A lot a cool stuff.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:16 AM

I have just one suggestion when you do your cuts.............cut along the windshield header first and not along the C pillars. This will minimize damage to the A pillars as you want those to remain as intact as possible, along with the vent window frames. If the C pillars get damaged along the way, it's no matter as they're going to get cut off eventually anyway.

 

Hope this helps!


Edited by MrObsessive, 27 March 2013 - 06:17 AM.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:45 AM

Great tip.  I will remember that. Thanks.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

Any more tips??

Pleease



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:06 AM

Here's one I did back about 1970. It's a model of my first real car that I owned then. I cut the top off the coupe model with a hot knife cutter, which was basically a soldering iron with an X-acto blade welded onto the tip. Today I would use my Dremel cutoff wheel - CAREFULLY! Make the cut at the windshield frame first, then the C pillars. Be very careful sanding and smoothing the windshield frame - it's delicate! I rebuilt my model in 2010, and added a Modelhaus resin uptop.

 

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:33 AM

Thanks.

I love the Corvair.  I will really use those pictures thanks. Thanks for the tips.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Hi Nick

good luck with this, I did the same thing to a Ford Thunderbolt last year

http://www.modelcars...&hl=thunderbolt

 

Don't forget you will need 'doglegs' at the rear to accommodate the top bows when the roof is lowered. I cheated and used the rear seat from a '64 Mustang :rolleyes:



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

Thanks Paul.  I will keep that in mind. 



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:14 PM

I love your latest convertible conversion by the way.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

When I built my '65 ragtop, I used the boot for a 1st gen Mustang.

 

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Didn't the last issue of this kit include a boot, even tho it is a hardtop?



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:56 PM

Hey Nick:

Just noticed your thread regarding the Vair convertible conversion.

Assuming you're planning on using the reissued AMT '69 Corvair kit as your base unit, you can save yourself a lot of effort by buying the resin convertible body that one of the resin manufacturers produced. All of the work is done, and the correct boot is included, too. The resin body is based on '68/'69 Corvair body shell with the side marker lights.

I cannot recall who produced it, but I bought mine off of evilBay. Of course, this was approximately 3-4 years ago when the kit was reissued.

If you want some photos, PM me for more info...

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