After getting burned by "he who shall not be named" I was wondering who would you have do a T-Top install on a Fiero? I have never had one done and I in no way have the skills to tackle the job myself. Thus, if I was to go ahead with it I would have to have someone else do the actual install. Who would you recommend?
Do you have a car that already has t-tops installed, or a kit, already? I'd try to get all the parts you need first, as they can by very hard to find, and it might take quite a while to get them all.
I'd probably do it myself, or take my car to Outlaws Customs (http://outlawsrc.com/) and have it done there. Probably too far from you, though.
Do the guys that did all the body work for Archie open up their own shop up there after Archie closed up shop and moved to Vegas? They might be able to do it if so (if their portfolio of work is up to your standards, and you trust them).
Honestly it doesn't look that hard to do yourself - I would attempt it myself (and would have had I found a t-top to use on my 86 before I sold it). It looks like it was designed for an easy install as there is no welding or such being used. JScott1 documented his t-top install fairly well in a thread on here.
That being said, I can't offer any other useful advise.
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It is not that hard if you have the nerve and the proper tools.
If you don't have the nerve it is a B$&th to make that first cut once you have had enough beer to get the nerve to make the first cut. Lol!
The video's are pretty good and the key is proper tools and proper measuring.
If you do not want to do it yourself. I would seek out a custom shop in your area that would do the kind of work like building street rods and fabrication of race cars Pro Street cars etc. these shops have the ability to install and fab about anything. Most areas have a shop or two that can do this kind of work. This should not be a tough job for a good fabricator.
Fox Valley Fieros [Rob mostly with a little help from the rest of us] if you can wait until your chop is done. We've done a homebrew chop and an archie kit chop, and it's ALOT less work to install a T-TOP. The hard part is getting all the parts to pull it off.
In this build thread, I'll take you through the steps of installing a T-Top roof in your Fiero. Actually, my Fiero!
Here's a few notes before we begin. -This is not an official "how to" manual but rather my version of doing a T-Top conversion. -I'll be installing a T-Top roof into my 84. -I will use RTV black silicone, PL Premium bonding adhesive, seam sealer and Avinox brand fasteners to secure it all together. -I picked up an 87 space frame that had the T-Top option. Therefore, I will be reusing most of the components from that car.
Anyhow,on to the show.
Here's the unsuspecting donor. I just cut the roof off at the "A" and "B" pillars after removing the glass.
After removal, you'll have to separate the components.
Take your measurements. Note: This cut is actually curved!
Cut the roof off the recipient.
Do a test fit.
Paint the freshly cut metal to prevent rust.
Actually, paint all brackets and braces to prevent rust.
I used PL Premium as a bonding agent on the "H" frame. It's not seen here but there was also silicone applied to any area's that might allow water penetration. Here, the reinforcing header is glued and riveted prior to installing the "H" frame.
"H" frame glued.
"H" frame secured with Avinox rivets.
This is a real easy conversion to do and it only took a few hours to get to this point. Minimal hand tools are required. I have the advantage here because I have an air-powered tool that allows me install 1/4" rivets easily.
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. More documentation, and yes, pictures to follow. I'll address the missing weather strip installation.
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Even the factory has trouble making T tops that dont leak like a waterfall. That should tell you something. They only got pretty good at sunroofs in the last couple of years. My targa top Corvette leaked more than leaving the windows rolled down. I put all new front and rear seals in that were not cheap. They didnt even slow it down. Parking outside in the rain left 6" of water in the floor wells every time. I just learned to live with it and drilled a couple of 3/4" holes in the floor to drain it.
Jeremy at the Fiero Factory installed the t-top on my red Mera. He is one of the very few people that I would trust to do this type of work on my Mera. Get in touch with me and I will share a few details.
The installation outlined here looks to be well done and it is based on building a T top using parts from a Fiero that was a factory T top. While the install looks super; I would be concerned with body flex (the T top must be ideally welded in place), replacement seals (hard to find) and as Roger has indicated, leaks.
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Thanks fellas. Nelson, any leaks? What was the cost? Rob, you feeling cheeky enough to have a go?
Ahhh yup.. I have a little secret too I may have a line on a set of brandy new in the box set of seals if I can talk the fella in our club that has multiple sets of them. I will call him today. Well strike that idea he won't sell them but had good idea to do seals anyway so I am going to go take lots of pics of his.
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I did one car myself but I had some issues and jeremy at the Fiero factory walked me through them. If you doubt your skills, he's about the only guy I would trust to do it. It is "easy" but you have to make some complex cuts and the instruction manual kinda stinks in the cut details. I would call Jeremy and see what he charges.