1980 Volvo convertible


#1

On a recent show re-airing (Aug 4th in Burlington, VT), A lady from Seattle told of her boyfriend turning her 1980 Volvo 144 into a convertible. Tom and Ray advised getting the body reinforced asap. Thay also asked for pictures. Did she ever send pictures in and could they be posted on the website?


#2

Sorry, my first search this morning could not find yesterdays posting so this is a duplicate.

Please reply to yesterday’s original.

Sorry - new user and just got new fingers!


#3

Your original post is indeed there. All you have to do is to use the “search” function. Anyway, since I replied to your original query, I have copied my response below for your convenience:

[b]Nope.

Her jerky boyfriend took a Sawzall and just cut the roof pillars and removed the roof. Aside from the safety factor, it would just seem that a car with no roof of any kind is…a bit impractical in rainy Seattle.

As Tom & Ray pointed out (indirectly), the roof and pillars formed part of the structural reinforcement for the entire car, hence the car is absolutely unsafe to drive. They suggested welding a 4 inch thickness of I-beam across the car, behind the rear seats, in order to make it safe. I would question whether that jury-rigged solution would be sufficient to make the car structurally sound. But, in any event, between the amateur job on the roof and the placement of an I-beam in the rear seating area, I’m sure that the car would be a true sight to behold.
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