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Converting a GT to a formula ? by formulaWA
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I have been looking for a T top Formula for quite sometime with no success. Given the number made it is unlikely I will ever find one in good condition. I noticed there is a mint T Top GT on ebay right now that I thought I could buy and make it into a TTop formula. Are the Formula and GT front and back and sail panels interchangeable? That is can I take the GT parts off the one on ebay and bolt on a formula front and back and put the GT parts on the formula? I have a red formula that I could swap the panels on

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Originally posted by formulaWA:

That is can I take the GT parts off the one on ebay and bolt on a formula front and back and put the GT parts on the formula?


It's a whole lot more involved than simply swapping the "front and back". The only body panel that's the same if I remember correctly is the hood. That's it. Everything else... rocker panels, wheel well liners, etc needs to be swapped over. Even the wiring harness for the rear lights is different.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

It's a whole lot more involved than simply swapping the "front and back". The only body panel that's the same if I remember correctly is the hood. That's it. Everything else... rocker panels, wheel well liners, etc needs to be swapped over. Even the wiring harness for the rear lights is different.



This is pretty accurate. Of course the roof will stay in place, but yeah...

It could be done, though. It would take several days for someone who knew what they were doing.

To me it doesn't make a great deal of sense to do it. You'll end up with two "numbers don't match" un-original cars, and will kill any collector value that they may have had.
Sounds like this is not a priority to you, but it's the reality of the situation. Any potential buyers will be like

Having said all that...
I added a fastback clip to my Formula, but I didn't start out to make a GT clone. Just a fastback Formula.
I don't care anything about collector value. It's far from original.

Edit - The black rear trim pieces for the T-tops will have to come off in order to swap the rear body clip. Be very careful. They may be siliconed and riveted into place. They'll be easy to break and are made out of "unobtainium".

If it sounds like I'm trying to talk you out of this, that would be pretty accurate. But good luck, whatever you decide.

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Edit - The black rear trim pieces for the T-tops will have to come off in order to swap the rear body clip. Be very careful. They may be siliconed and riveted into place. They'll be easy to break and are made out of "unobtainium".



I may have a set... FYI.

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Originally posted by Raydar:

Of course the roof will stay in place...


Seeing as how the whole point was to end up with a T-Top... but yeah, the roof stays.

Appears that we might've caused the OP to re-evaluate his plan.
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...... It would take several days for someone who knew what they were doing........



It's really not that bad, it could easily be done in a day. My first fastback swap was done in less than two hours while my friends watched. It helped that I disassembled the fastback and knew where all the small stuff went.

I say listen to the warnings about the t-top parts and go for it.
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Originally posted by Raydar:


This is pretty accurate. Of course the roof will stay in place, but yeah...

It could be done, though. It would take several days for someone who knew what they were doing.

To me it doesn't make a great deal of sense to do it. You'll end up with two "numbers don't match" un-original cars, and will kill any collector value that they may have had.
Sounds like this is not a priority to you, but it's the reality of the situation. Any potential buyers will be like

Having said all that...
I added a fastback clip to my Formula, but I didn't start out to make a GT clone. Just a fastback Formula.
I don't care anything about collector value. It's far from original.

Edit - The black rear trim pieces for the T-tops will have to come off in order to swap the rear body clip. Be very careful. They may be siliconed and riveted into place. They'll be easy to break and are made out of "unobtainium".

If it sounds like I'm trying to talk you out of this, that would be pretty accurate. But good luck, whatever you decide.


Not to change the subject... BUT Raydar did you get a new rear spoiler?
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Originally posted by solotwo:
Not to change the subject... BUT Raydar did you get a new rear spoiler?


The Fiero Warehouse whale tail. It's been on there since the car was painted in... 2006?
I do have something different, still in the box, however. Just have to get it all painted.
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Wow, that is a nice looking Fiero. I can not believe, only 2,500 miles on it, kept in the showroom, and the front jacking sticker is peeling that badly!


That is worse than the one on my 86 GT that had been ragged on and had 65,000 miles. Guess I should send them a note and let em know that I make a reproduction jacking instructions sticker LOL! (see signature for link )

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Report this Post11-24-2014 10:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
It would be much easier to find a mint T-top coupe and turn that into a Formula......
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