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Old April 5th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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Converting an 80's 110 to a soft top?

Begging forgiveness if this is a dumb question... But... Am I missing something? What is involved in taking the roof off of these older trucks?

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Old April 5th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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You don't indicate which model. The two door model was meant to be either a hardtop or soft top. The 5 door is more involved. There is a kit available from allwheeltrim.co.uk to convert the 5 door.
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not to get too far off topic but saw this for josh on the same site

http://allwheeltrim.co.uk/wheelcover.html#Wheelcover

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not to get too far off topic but saw this for josh on the same site

http://allwheeltrim.co.uk/wheelcover.html#Wheelcover

2 winners on the 2nd to bottom row
Jay, you're not getting my new plastic Defender wheel cover, so stop trying to taunt me!
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Please? I want to ditch the one on my truck now
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John, it will depend on your feelings about roll cages and other details but it's very doable. The top unbolts and comes off easily. If it's a 5 door you'll need to make a bar to span the T-posts at a minimum, or build some kind of cage that supports the t-posts. You may be comfortable with full doors but imo two piece doors are where it's at. For the rear you'll want a liftgate, either bottom or side hinged depending on your preference. You'll need a header bar to put on the windshield if you want to put on a soft top of any kind.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies. It would seem that without too much effort I could get the roof off a 110, have a fabricator come up with a roll cage and be good to go for a summer cruiser?

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It's been done, so it's doable, if that's what you're asking. Everything else is "how long is a piece of string" type of question as it all depends on what you're going for that dictates the difficulty, as Charles said. Keep it simple by slapping some cage in there, or do it right and have one fully tied to the frame, accommodate a top, etc.. There's the purely aesthetic approach, the functional approach, and the approach that accomplishes both.
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Yup. BTW, google "defender beach runner" if you want to see the high end of the scale on what can be done.
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You don't indicate which model. The two door model was meant to be either a hardtop or soft top. The 5 door is more involved. There is a kit available from allwheeltrim.co.uk to convert the 5 door.
Haven't confirmed but have been told that Allwheel can supply the bulkhead as well for the 5 door

Or, depending on condition of the donor 110 tub, you could buy a 110 replacement tub with bulkhead from SafariHP ($1500) or from a HCPU bulkhead ($800 + some fabrication)

Then add hoop set and header rail with tilt from Allwheel (and a tailgate)

But you'd still need a cage/roll bar for safety I would think; which could negate the need for the hoop set but not the header rail.
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saw this one for sale not too long ago. dont know much about it. Taking the top off of my NAS 110 was very straightforward.
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The white 110 above is what I dream of. So... Help me to see what it is that I am looking at? Many thanks from a newcomer with little spare time and a desire to be able to fit three car seats into a summer car.

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Found it. vertucciautosales.com Wallingford CT. More than I'm hoping to spend and no pictures at all of the underside. Its only a couple of hours away though so might have to go for a look.
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Not ECR on that one. That's Chris Velardi - he's a board member.
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Correct, I meant as a source with the most pics to reference, there is also a write up on the UK forum as well.
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