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If serious, you need to look up "Phantom" builders (archive)

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Posted by Shawn D. on January 10, 2001 at 13:15:01:

In Reply to: Re: Your Response and My reply (Thank You) posted by Lars Cousineau on January 09, 2001 at 17:55:33:

If you look in magazines such as Hot Rod, you'll see many pictures from the hot "Phantom" movement. These are vehicles that were never factory-built, but have been created to look like one (i.e. El-Camino style '57 Chevy Bel Airs, Crew-cab '54 Chevy Pickups). Go to hot rod shows and seek out the owners of such vehicles and ask where they had it done. Lots of times they did it themselves, and if you have to pay, it's gonna cost you big time. Most of these Phantoms are NOT unibody, and messing with a unibody car (E28) will be extra-difficult. Go to your library and look up some Hot Rod magazines over the past year; there was a Pontiac Grand Prix (maybe Grand AM) that was both chopped (roof lowered) and made into a hardtop. It was done by a shop, so perhaps you could try them.

As a last thought, the actual initial cost of the car probably won't be the biggest expense, so if you do go through with it, I'd start with a 535i instead of a 528e (just my 2 cents).

The positive responses are encouraging. Re: the post about strength of the chassis...I am not proposing a hardtop, but a coupe with the post/center pillar intact... Simply move it back 6 inches (should not affect body rigidity and strength). I was please with the white e28, and do not see it as competition for the 6 series. They are two different cars, with the e12/e28's having a real back changes there. I do have a 630 and love it, but I believe I would like these coupes just as well. I think BMW missed a bet on this one, IMO. I may build it!! I have it all planned out, except for the door glass. Does anyone have any Ideas on glass. I already have the 528e. It's a project anyway, so why not this one?

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