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Old 06-01-2004, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

I have a 1989 E30 BMW that I have owned from new. It has been dry storedfor the last two years, and I am now looking to do something different with it. I am basically looking for information on any companies that either convert, or provide kits to convert, a hard-top E30 to a soft-top.

Ideally in the UK for kits, but nor essential, however wiykd be essential if they were to do it.

All information gloadly received.

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Not an expert but being a car guy and owning three other convertibles in the past...

Just buy one, a factory convertible that is. i think you underesitmate the labor, time and $$$ involved to make the conversion (and there is a chance it would not look that good in the end anyways).

usually everything is different in conbrioles... stiffer frames/bodys (the roof in a hard top provides ridigity the 'vert lacks), diff windows, fenders, usually the windshileld is diffrent (lower), etc... imho, NOT work it.

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UNLESS you are an experienced and accomplished mechanic, welder, and metal fabricator. Don't even think about it. Or there will be another BMW in the junk yard. Believe me I have seen it all.
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The only way I would bother making a convertable is if The model I like wasn't available. For example a couple guys did it when I was into fiero's with nice results. You can buy an e30 convertable so I wouldn't even consider wasting the time or expense...
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They did it to a m3 over at zionvilleautosport...

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