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Both myself and a company in southern california are toying with the idea for a concept Scion tC convertible. To keep up my end of the research into its possible construction, I need help with getting schematics and such so as to accurately produce designes.

Thanks in advance, I appreciate it.

Andre'

Bakersfield, Ca.
 

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Well, you could have the manual for the car that the tech guys have at toyota...they cost a good $100-$150, but are the tear downs and rebuilds of the car. Thanks though.
 

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Buy the body shop book. It has all the chassis dimensions you need to straighten the car, including the cross dimensions for things like the engine bay.

Nobody here owns that manual. Most here don't even have the regular Factory Service Manual.

If you are seriously considering this project, you should have adequate budget for books. If you don't you're going to need a lot of luck.
 

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Thanks [lo bux racer], so should I get the body shop book from the dealership? I really am considering this project as it has already been done by another Scion owner in So Cal...Convertible xB - I have to admit it is a start on that one, but possibilities are endless.

Oh and [courier11sec], would that be regular Elmers glue or superglue?


Any more help or ideas is greatly appreciated.

Andre'
 

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If I were you, I'd subscribe to TIS for a day, and download the bodyshop manual, the new car features manual, and Volume 2 of the factory service manual. It costs $10 for a day, and then you'll have soft copies of all the docs you need. That will be enough to get you started.

Good luck with the project, it's going to be very challenging, but if you work at it hard enough, you'll have a unique ride.
 

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Originally posted by EddieMoney@Oct 11 2005, 05:27 AM
Does anyone else think that the drop top xB kind of looks like a mid 1980's VW convertible?
Yeah, thats why I didn't really like how he did his. I would have tried to at least keep the back of the top vertical to keep the boxy shape to the ride.

On another note, perhaps I could reinforce the car, and just put a soft-top on until I can work out how to make a hardtop....or maybe I'm really getting into serious money now.

I do have a question for you guys, I won't be doing this project for another year and a half; do you think it will still be a good mod by then within the scion community like at events and shows? or should I just keep my plans and buy a new scion in a year and a half...

Andre'
 

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i dont know that i would like the looks of a topless tC, but it would be an interesting mod to see a Carson Top made of carbon fiber. remove it at shows and set it next to the car, do a CF hood and hatch. like i said, not my choice for a daily driver, but an original mod all the same. no one does Carson Tops anymore. its a shame.

edit : for anyone wondering, the carson top was popular with street rodders in the 50's. in appearance it was a convertible top, in reality it was a removable hard top.





i'd like to see one on the xB. that xvertible thing looks hideous. looks like a cross between this :



and this :

 

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well inevitablegod,

since you work at a dealer, can you help me get my hands on some plans or something. I "think" that that top you mention would look interesting, thing is...how do you make a hatch tC into a hardtop convertible? I mean, the movements I have ideas just need some mechanical help...but to keep the hatch look and the moonroof is interesting. Thing is, I want this thing to look completely stock...but then I press a couple buttons in the cockpit and BAM...drop top.

Get back to me on it.

Andre'
 

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Originally posted by Zygote55@Oct 12 2005, 11:55 AM
Good luck. YOu might want to call Chip Foose or something.
Now that would make an awsome "Overhaulin" episode...
 

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yeah, while i may have interesting ideas from time to time, it would take a level of fabrication that is far beyond my capabilities. and, with a carson top, there would be no button to push to drop the top, it would have to be removed by hand and set down. as far as a power retracting convertible, it could be done, but it would take a lot of time, and a lot of money.
 

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How much money do you suppose? Oh, and overhaulin already declined my request due to the simple fact that the car is perfect now. I guess I have to really mess it up trying to do this project for them to consider it.

Andre'
 
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