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Off hand, if you are going to be doing any serious amount of reworking on the car...I have sort of thought of doing the same, but to a newer crown vic {just making it a coupe instead of a 4 door}
1-brace the body side to side, front to back
2-brace the body in a X pattern
3-make sure if you are going to do alot of cutting and welding...no gas tank, flush out the fuel lines. Sparks and gas don't mix, car {and you}go BOOM...LOL
I actually thought about taking the 1973 GT montego roof I saved, and putting on a crown vic.
I would look into maybe adding some reinforcement to the floorpan, as the roof it part of the body shells support structure
If you are putting this sort of thought into it, keep in mind with the curved glass these car have are going to give you headaches.
I chopped the roof on my 1984 f150, and made it a hardtop convertible...30 minutes to chop, 3 months to weld it back together.
 

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I've always wanted to make a '72 Torino Roadster. My buddy had a '72 formal roof and we took photos and did real photochopping with scissors pre digital ( 1981!) That body really suited a ragtop treatment. Sounds fun! Stu
 

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On 2006-04-17 23:08, Anonymous wrote:
would that be fine? I just bought my new car on the weekend so i dont mind trying it out, lol.
i have enjoyed many a fine american lux-O ride ala sawzall drop top. some of my fondest memories come from a 73 coupe'-de-swill 2dht 500cid 8track (with Captain & Tenile). i drove that one for two summers. the best rides for this surgical proceedure, imho, are chrysler imperials, i have done several with my favorite being a 72 imp brogHam. immidiately after surgery i gave it a four color rattle can camo job and then steciled (HPX440) on the deck lid and quarters. {Hi Po Xperimental, it was rhumored to have a super hot mill build by Maurice Petty}.

I only did one ford. a 66 galaxy 500 4d with a 390. my buddy was driving it when it started to rattle. he looked at me and i said "hammer this thing". we got it up to 110mph when it locked up. we coasted it to its final resting place west bound on hwy 14, left the title on the dash and hitch hiked home. i called All American Auto Wreckers, they picked it up and sent me a check for two hundred bucks.

i am not suggesting you butcher your first car this way. i was in my mid twenty's and working at one of the generals dealerships. the used car manager found my antics amusing and kept me in good supply of $100 cars to convertable-ize.

i say go for it if you dont mind only driving your butchered mobile for the summer. they arnt much fun after that. you'll have to tarp it when the cold/rain comes and store it till next year AND find another set of wheels.

regards
 
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