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The only thing is, is that this car is for the... (archive)

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Posted by GT on June 30, 2001 at 19:11:49:

In Reply to: A few ideas posted by Lee on June 29, 2001 at 16:22:08:

First, if you install a roll cage, there is no need to alter the shell itself.
If you are not installing a rollcage, and if you had to change the rocker panels, I would reinforce them with the full cabrio inner rocker reinforcements, the one with a U shape. This will considerably strengthen the shell. If it was strong enough to hold a cabrio together, guess what it can do to your car.

Of course, the best is to have a rollcage, or at least a rollbar, installed. The main hoop needs to be gusseted to the B pillars. Thick plates at its base should be welded to the rockers.

And you definitely need a front stressbar...

street and will be a very discreet conversion. Most will see a plain 'ol 2002 from the outside (and inside) as there will be minimal outward modification. I saw something in the '02 restoration guide about "welding a plate between the chassis rail and the bulkhead" to increase the rigidity of the front end. Do you know about this procedure?-and yes, I intend to brace the front struts and rear shock towers. Can't use a rollcage however.



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