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Wayneharrington
April 19, 2017, 9:27am Report to Moderator

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Hi there, I m Wayne and im a young owner of a herald 1360 estate. I would like to ask whether its possible to convert my estate to a convertable, without making irreversable changes to the car, and keeping its originality. Would this be possible? Will be grateful for your replies. Thanks
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Jonny-Jimbo
April 19, 2017, 10:54am Report to Moderator

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Not easily Wayne.

You'd need to either chop up a convertible rear body tub AND your estate tub and merge the two together, or find a good convertible tub.

It's a huge amount of work (all do-able though), and by the fact you'd be chopping the car in half you would be loosing all the originality really.

The top of the windscreen needs changing, the rear seats are different, the boot is different etc etc etc.


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
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Jonny-Jimbo
April 19, 2017, 10:55am Report to Moderator

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Also, do not think what some do that unbolting a roof from a saloon / estate will make a convertible - it doesn't! It just makes a roofless saloon! There are anti-burst catches etc on the flop-top that aren't on the saloons as standard.


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
93 BMW 530i - Donor
95 BMW E34 540i - 4L V8
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RobPearce
April 19, 2017, 11:38am Report to Moderator

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No.

Some people unbolt the roof from a saloon for a "temporary convertible" option but this isn't possible with an estate!

Keep your car original. The estate is more interesting and more practical than the convertible and, these days, much rarer. If you really want a convertible, buy one.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Nick Jones
April 19, 2017, 6:46pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from RobPearce
No.

Some people unbolt the roof from a saloon for a "temporary convertible" option but this isn't possible with an estate!

Keep your car original. The estate is more interesting and more practical than the convertible and, these days, much rarer. If you really want a convertible, buy one.


Agree 100%.  Hard enough to find a decent saloon these days, never mind an estate.

Nick


Nick Jones
Somerset UK

Vitesse Mk 1.5 Convertible EFI, Survivor of RBRR 2008, HCR & 10CR 2009, HCR 2010, 10CR2011, HCR 2012, 10CR2013, 10CR2015, HCR 2016 & HCR 2017.
GT6 Mk3 Roto - project in progress
Spitfire MKIV son's project now on the road as a daily driver
2.5 PI Saloon now EFI (PIe?), Engine rebuilt and running sweet.  Diff howling...... Survivor of HCR 2013 & 2014 Gone to live in Swansea

http://www.tengaston.plus.com
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