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    It looks like the front door would have to be lengthened about 10" to make it the same as a two door door. The only other immediate weirdness I see is that the back edge of the four door front door is V shaped to accommodate when the rear door opens.

    I did a little surgery on paper and it looks like the body lines would end up in about the same place.
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    I cropped you other photo so I could do an "almost" side by side.. well at least on the same page. This is really (to me) an interesting concept/idea.
    I hope you can go after it, I for one will be sure to following along. 8-)
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    How about windows? Would you have to make a special windows for the doors? What would you do with the back window, would you make it so I could roll down?

    ( Edit, never mind I reread some earlier posts)
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    I think all I would have to do is have a longer front glass cut and shorten the rear glass & possibly the regulator track. The upper glass channel should stay the same. the hardtop glass has a stainless channel attached all the way around it to seal against the gasket on the upper channel so that would have to be modified with the glass. Could probably make a mock up in plexi and then have the real glass cut when you get it right.
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    Yep, I can see the vision.
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    Just an idea.. what if you just used the long doors from the 2 door coupe but cut away the B pillar frame? And then used the window "frame" section from the 4 door at the back to seal / support the glass sections..

    It'sa thought?

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    If I had a coupe I definitely would. Both cars are 4 doors, this one a hardtop and the parts car is a 4 door post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falconvan View Post
    If I had a coupe I definitely would. Both cars are 4 doors, this one a hardtop and the parts car is a 4 door post.
    AH.. good point! As you were. LOL I'll go back to lurking now.. LOL

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    Lol! Well they do both have 2 doors; 2 sets of 2 doors.
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    So looking at this in a little more detail. The B pillar looks easy enough to move and the metal work on the doors I’m not too concerned about. It’s the little detail stuff on the windows I’d have to figure out. These hardtop windows have stainless trim attached to the glass that seats into the hardtop seal. The back trim has to be shortened which looks easy but the front windows would need a piece added in. Not sure how I’d do that and make it look nice. Same with the stainless trim cap on top of the door. It holds the window fuzzie so it needs to be there.

    I’m going up to my buddy’s place next Saturday to strip some stuff off the parts car. I’m going to bring back a door and will get a better idea if this is going to work or not.
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    How about using the B pillar off the donor car you will be getting the doors from?
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    The donor car is a four door post. I think moving the B pillar on this will be easy enough; it’s just how to lengthen that stainless trim around the glass I’m a little confused on. Can you weld that stuff and polish without it looking like it was welded together?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falconvan View Post
    ; it’s just how to lengthen that stainless trim around the glass I’m a little confused on. Can you weld that stuff and polish without it looking like it was welded together?
    It'll take the right equipment ( probably TIG) and someone who knows how to run it, but yes, if it is stainless, it can be welded then ground and polished. I'd be willing to bet that a MIG with the proper wire could do a fine job also.But you'll need some "scrap" pieces to practice with too. Practice makes perfect right!?!?
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    Another thought.. find the door glass with frame used.. it'sa Impala.. there has to be some out there right?
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    My .02 is to use tig and either stainless rod, else a sliver from the donor frame as filler rod. I could probably do it myself, but making it dead perfect, probably not.
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