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96Brougham



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PostSubject: Input Needed   Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:41 pm







My car wont see snow, so I'm not concerned of the weight of snow or anything caving it in. My Concern is the structural integrity of the car being compromised. I was thinking weld in a support at the front, and at the rear, above the headliner for extra support.. I need opinions. The car will never be auto crossed, but "spirited driving" is my thing lol. This is one of my "big plans" that I was going to keep under wraps, but I dont want to ruin my car so i have to ask.. Any/all opinions/advise is appreciated! Thanks! -Paul

Oh and BTW, My roof racks leak, and I hate when people sit in the back of my car and ask "how does the sunroof open", well, vista roof doesn't open. I figure this would take care of both of those issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:26 pm

Those fold back sunroofs are great. They can stand up to heavy snow. Go for it. Arrow
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:28 pm

Go for the full length roof! That'd be wicked pissah! Smile

And as far as structure goes, it should be fine. It's not a uni-body car. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:26 pm

That's what I wanted to hear Smile full length open roof it will be!
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:05 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
Go for the full length roof! That'd be wicked pissah! Smile

And as far as structure goes, it should be fine. It's not a uni-body car. Wink


DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:01 pm

Got in touch with the company today to get a price. The full sliding ragtop, front to back, made specifically for the b-body wagons, is $795.00 which I think is a good price! Gotta svae a little bit of $, but I should have this done and installed by spring Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:22 pm

Wow, thats a huge project. Good luck man!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:29 pm

No Moa wrote:
Wow, thats a huge project. Good luck man!!!

Supposedly it can be done start to finish in about 5 hours..
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:04 pm

Where do you get the glass? channels etc?
It WILL look sweet!

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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:17 pm

sdstick wrote:
Where do you get the glass? channels etc?
It WILL look sweet!

Glass? Its a sliding ragtop.. the kit comes complete, drop in from what I understand.. i just have to cut a HUGE hole in my roof, and then modify the headliner..
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:23 pm

Oh, I didnt get it.
I was wondering why noone was concerned about structural integrity w/ glass.
OK I'm on board now.

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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:30 pm

Would love to see that on my wagon too
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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:02 pm

Isn't there a bump on the Roadmaster roofs at the vista glass?

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PostSubject: Re: Input Needed   Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:05 pm

boojum wrote:
Isn't there a bump on the Roadmaster roofs at the vista glass?


I dont think so, the Vista glass is there, then theres a roof rack filler thing at the back of the glass that turns into the roof racks.. Just so the vista glass doesnt just abruptly end.. I i think? Theres a roady at the junk yard with the vista glass removed, i didnt look at because i wasnt planning on this then, but it was just a smaller hole cut in the roof.. didnt notice a bump?
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