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Here's a ridiculous idea.......couldn't you purchase a, lets say, 1987 t top hatch and a 1991 notchback and cut out the roof and other related components from the hatch and install in the notch.

I know this would be incredibly involved but I am sure it would be possible. Any thoughts? There just aren't many t top notches floating around.

I thought of this because Ford sent the vert/t-top ordered cars out to Cars and Concepts to get done.

OK. I'm done thinking about crazy fabrication ideas.
 

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If you had a parts car and time/skill I'm sure it could be done. A Hatch roof section is considerably shorter than a coupes so some welding would be requried to graft the 2 together if it wasn't possible to just rob the pieces needed and mod the coupe roof. You'd need to swap or mod the doors as well.

It could be done for sure but whether or not it's worth it is entirely up to you.

I have though about it myself at times but really decided it wasn't worth the effort and cutting out ehr oof probably wasn't a good thing to keep the chassis as strong as it could possibly be.
 

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Minor but doors would have to go also. T-doors do not have the frame around the glass and glass is taller.
 

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It would be easier to take a notchback and put in t-tops I'd think....

Or you could get one of the older stangs like 82-83 that actually had them factory...that is if you could find one...
 

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(shameless plug)

or you could help me find my old 86 GT w/t-tops... it's somewhere in NY (see lounge thread I started).

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blue stanger said:
Agreed. I had an 86 t-top and lemme tell you, the novelty wore out real quick when it leaked rainwater inside.
Exactly. The T's are the only thing I don't miss about my '86 GT.
 

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92coupelx said:
Dont ruin a notchback by putting t-tops on it.
Thats a drastic statement. How would you be ruining a car by outfitting it with a feature offered by the factory? Thats like saying don't ruin your porno red interior by replacing it with an all black interior. Just because you weren't able to order your car the way you want it doesn't mean you shouldn't change the features.
 

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Not that hard if you had the right parts car and some fab skills. Go for it.

Another advantage of a notch t-top is that the notch body is inherently stiffer than the hatch, so the t-tops won't kill the structural integrity quite so badly. You would be in the flexi-flier range rather than the wet noodle range....
 

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i just picked up a t-top notch back a few months ago, its an 83. if you seach around on the internet you can find a few t-top notches, i can't imagine there was a high prodcution # since i've only seen 6 different pictures of em. anyhow, it can be done. i put t tops on my old hatch car, cut the roof, put in the t top brace, even used the hardtop doors. just measure the height of the t top doors where the window frame is cut and do the same on your car. i'll tell you you're gonna have a hard time finding the door end seals though, you might have better luck getting convertible doors. either way you're gonna need t top glass as its longer than vert and hardtop glass, i found this out the hard way;) i have a real t top hatch car also and it looks the same, ford sent the cars out to get the t tops put in anyhow just like the verts were an outside job. if you wanna do it and be different do it up. don't listen to anyone who says don't do it. its your freakin car. later
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