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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:08 AM
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SW to ST to SW Conversion Advice

Looking for some wisdom of the sage variety. I've put off the NAS 110 thing for now due to various factors but as summer looms, I'm pretty jeoulous of all the soft tops. My question is if it would be more adventageous to get ahold of a 94 ST for under $12K, pull the doors and bars, and resell the truck (as whole or parts) or just look for the parts individually. I believe the SD ST cage is NLA and Unobtanium on its' own nowdays? It looks like the last cage sold for $5K alone?

I probably don't have time to fool with this now; I can't even get to Atlanta to fix my crossmember and ac.....
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Old April 13th, 2012, 08:04 AM
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I don't think you'll find a <12k truck with a cage in any condition that you'd want. That and the fact you have time constraints, makes me think you should look for a good cage and buy it.

Otherwise love what you have or sell and buy a soft top - far easier
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Old April 13th, 2012, 08:49 AM
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You should have a custom cage built, and a set of ST doors. That way you could put on in the summer and swap back in the winter. But, it would be a huge pain in the arse.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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don't pull apart a restorable ST for parts!

if you want a soft top buy one or get a miata for pennies!
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Old April 13th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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Sell the SW and buy a cheaper ST so that you'll have cash to puy toward buying one of those new fiberglass tops that d90tops.com (or something like that) has been selling the past few years.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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Sell the SW and buy a cheaper ST
X 2.

Even if you do convert the NAS SW to an NAS ST perfectly in every aspect, (cage, interior trim, seats, etc.), the 6th digit in the VIN # will still be a '3'.

That may not be a big deal to you, which is A-OK, but it very well might to a potential NAS ST buyer if you are looking to sell at some point...
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If you where closer to me I would consider a trade for your SW stuff. My 95 is a SW that has been converted to a ST before I bought it and wish it was still a SW.

But shipping across the states isnt cost effective.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 02:49 PM
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Ideal for me would be the NAS Grand Slam, but I've come to the realization that it just isn't going to happen right now logistically with my frequent moves and living situations. Hence trying for the old two'fer.

I've found a few potential 94s with decent cages near the price point. Not too worried about VIN stuff as I plan on using the Defender as a casket when I catch a 7.62 in my gut. The SW isn't going anywhere. But like you all said, it may just be better to take the time to find a cage than attempt (probably vainly) to save a penny and part out a 94 NAS.

I may try to make a template of the original SD cage/bars/pads and have it made. But, don't like that idea as much. I'll search around to see if anyone's brewed up a decent imitation.

To be clear, I want a solution where I can kill myself twice a year converting to and from a SW. Not converting to a ST as an end solution...

Thanks for the comments guys.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 02:52 PM
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There are a lot of choices for a metal cage - Frogs Island 4x4, Exmoor trim and probably some other usual suspects.
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Er...don't do it?

You could definitely find an ST for under $12k, but all that parting out/swapping/etc. sounds like a huge waste of time.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 08:12 PM
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don't pull apart a restorable ST for parts!

if you want a soft top buy one or get a miata for pennies!

Why not ECR takes perfectly good NAS trucks and bastardizes them into some convertible defender limousine and people love em.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:31 PM
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Why not ECR takes perfectly good NAS trucks and bastardizes them into some convertible defender limousine and people love em.
But they don't destroy another vehicle in the process ...
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