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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Converting a convertible into a coupe

Some of you may remember that I have made several major changes to my 2006 Solstice since I bought the car new in 2006. The first change was the LS7 / T56 engine swap. Next I designed and fabricated new bumpers, a hood scoop, and opened up the front fenders for a Cobra-style look. The latest modification is the conversion from convertible to coupe. This mod was made possible when coupe #802 was sent to a salvage yard and cut in half because of Lemon Law issues. I learned of the car and bought the back half and top several years ago. So the parts I used from the donor were practically new. All of the unique pieces and parts were there, including the unique plastic bits and pieces.
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 11:32 AM
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Wow, that is quite nice. Well done! How about a few more pictures?



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Wow!!!!!!!!! She looks amazing. She is a masterpiece!!!! Love the white stripe. Have one on my black coupe. More pics from different angles if you can?

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Outstanding! More pics and video please. BTW, please consider offering the vented Solbra fender.

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It was necessary to disassemble the car down to the frame rails in order to replace the tub. The hard part about that was avoiding damage to the rear fenders. As it turned out, we did have to remove the filler panels with the tub. With luck I was able to source two new filler panels to use during re-assembly.
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The mounting points behind the doors had to be fabricated, located, and welded in place. We made a template from the donor and then worked off of that.
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Amazing transformation... love those fenders!

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I was able to source a new tub from GM, so I did that instead of destroying the donor body just to save the tub. We glued it in place and then painted and installed the new filler panels.
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The next step was dry-fitting the top sections.
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Next step, prep & paint.
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where did you get the coupe doors, or door glass?
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More painting
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I did not mention a lot of details such as moving the EVAP canister, extending some wiring, installing coupe window regulators and door glass, but final assembly was pretty standard stuff.
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where did you get the coupe doors, or door glass?
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The doors are the original convertible doors. I only changed the glass and the regulators. Both are readily available.
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Outstanding! More pics and video please. BTW, please consider offering the vented Solbra fender.
The SOLBRA fenders are easily done. Just buy the vents from any of the Cobra replica parts places. Cut your fenders out and use epoxy to roll the edges. You might need to remove a little out of the back side of the passenger side vent to clear the battery.
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