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Has anyone ever done a t top conversion on their ZX before? I have a pair of t tops, and would like to put them on my 79ZX which doesn't have them... How feasible is this? Anything I would have to buy, seals, etc? My headliner is falling down anyhow, so that's not an issue at all... thanks for any advice, input
 

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My 2¢ is that it would be much cheaper to buy a T-top body with a blown motor and convert all your mechanicals to it than to retrofit T-tops in a hardtop body. If you tear off the headliner of a T-top car in the junkyard, you'll note that quite a bit of extra bracing went into the construction of these roofs. Alternately, if you or a friend had the skills, you could cut a T-top roof off a wrecked ZX and graft it on your car, but again, the gain is hardly worth the expense and headache. Having lived with T-tops on my '82 for the 5-6 years I owned it — and I know I'm in the minority here — I ended up HATING the stupid things. They leak in winter, bake your brain in summer, and when theyr'e off at speeds over 40 the wind harmonics implode your eardrums and make conversation impossible. There's nowhere to store them safely or conveniently when they're off, and they seem to crack at the slightest provocation. As 'Killing Me' pointed out, new rubber gaskets run an obscene $350 PER SIDE (I've bought two whole Z cars for less than that) and if you aren't extremely careful, you'll tear those putting them on. If you gotta have air through the roof, why not just stick an aftermarket sunroof on the car. It'll do the same thing at a lot less cost and work to install.
 

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I hear a lot of people hate them, you have more road noise, more body flex, most of them leak, if you are going faster than 40 with them off your car is basically a parachute and mpg sucks (about 17 on the fwy). I love mine tough, they don't leak, I have shades for them and my stereo is loud enough to overcome the road noise. I would not convert a solid roof into t-tops because of the body flex, the t-tops cars are reinforced and still flex more than a solid roof car escpecially with the t-tops off. Mine rattle also.

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Re: Don't do it

As a natural devil's advocate, I'm compelled to express the other side.
first, I agree with the previous postings, the time and expense will not be worth it.
That said, one of the main reasons I still have my '81zxt rather than putting the drivetrain into a 240/260 body is the tee tops. I'm a motorcyclist and have owned convertibles and roadsters. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are fewer better things than cruisin' with the tops out (or down).
My tops don't leak, don't rattle and the interior of my car is no hotter on a sunny day then my wife's Saturn.
I like to look up and see the sky, planes fly by, the bird that just crapped on my hood, etc.
The other guys are right, it would take lots o' cash and time, not worth it on your car. Why not look into an aftermarket sunroof?
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Thanks for the insight, folks! I knew that it'd be pricey, and i figured I would have to reinforce my roof somehow, but i didn't know to what extent exactly. I still would love to have tee's (they just have a li'l sumpin sumpin over sunroofs, ya know?) I didn't know if it would be possible to take the seals off of the 'donor car' or not.. Thanks again!
 
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