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Projects sacrifice a 41 chev coupe to save convertible?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Wurger, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Wurger
    Joined: May 27, 2011
    Posts: 123


    For the cost of 1500 bucks I can have the pictured coupe and pictured convertible both special deluxe models. I love the look of a coupe but also that of the topless look with that being said I think a convertible will always fetch more. The only way I can see saving the convertible is to remove the top section off of the coupe and off the convertible and swap ( in a nut shell) However it would be done The coupe would still end up a donor. It appears that the convertible has been involved in a small brush fire ( field car) so that’s always going to be a bitch to get paint to stick etc. I understand there would be a lot of work involved but I am retired and still young. I’ve come across quite a few project car since getting out of the army and have passed up on a bunch thanks in part to the H.A.M.B.’s insight. So here I am back again with another crazy idea! thanks in advance. IMG_1580.JPG
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  2. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,560

    ems customer service

    forget the convert, to badly damaged, no top irons!!!!!! massive money pit even if you could find the top irons

    the coupe is a builder!
  3. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,443

    from Quincy, IL

    I agree with above post. And, I am a years ago prior owner of '41 Convertible and love the '41s in general. But there is nothing I can see on that convt body, that is unique and important to a ragtop, that is salvageable or worth the effort. And that doesn't even begin to address the missing parts. Parts for the '41 'A' body convertibles (shared by Chev, Pont, Olds Buick) are scarce, really scarce.

    Your idea itself, using an unrestorable convertible for a donor, is okay and something I could see myself doing with the '41 Buick Sport Coupe I have. But the car pictured above is a 'goner' everywhere that matters.

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  4. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,705

    from Oregon

    ^^^^^x3. Way better off with Coupe. Unless you really love a challenge;)
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  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,406


    I've done a similar conversion with an off topic convertible and hardtop donor and it turned out nice and I'd do it again for the right car. But in this case, the convertible donor has very little to donate, and I'm generally a lot more optimistic about that kind of stuff than others are.

    Both door tops are really badly mangled and burn-rusted, the windshield frame is badly mangled and all of the key moldings and components are already missing, the boot well molding is there but super rough and the boot well itself is really badly smashed. No top irons, no seats (?), no window frames that I can see.

    I'd be damned impressed if someone could pull it off, but It'd be a shame to cut up the coupe if it never gets completed, and I'm not seeing it.
  6. Not trying to be a dick, but I wouldn't even use that convertible body for yard art.
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  7. I'm partial to the coupe ;):D
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  8. Wurger
    Joined: May 27, 2011
    Posts: 123


    I come here for the non-sugar coated cookies, thanks my friend!
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  9. buffaloracer
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 797

    from kansas

    Fix the coupe. If you have to have a ragtop then find another.
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  10. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,748

    anthony myrick

    dang, that vert is bad
    a friend of mine saved a early 50s Pontiac convertible by using a hard top for a donor
    he used the top of the WS frame and tops of the QTRs and swapped over the conv roof braces
    for your conversion you would also have to graft the door tops as well/modify where the door top frame would be removed.
    still looks like you need the vert roof bows
    I bet the original vert chassis had some braces added by the factory

    I know what I would do if it were a 49-51 Merc
    I would cruise a drop top Merc

    either way the same number of cars will be saved
    who knows, maybe you will find a coupe thats has been on its roof for years or suffered a butchered chop to use the coupe roof on
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  11. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,105


    This is like marriage, do you LOVE '41 Chevy's? Is the world out of attractive ones? Bob
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  12. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,748

    anthony myrick

    this 41 Buick has similar lines and is awesome
    41 buick.jpg
    this 41 chevy has a nice tail dragger look
    41 chevy.jpg
    a search didnt find a lot of customized 41 convs
    that might help the value
  13. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,535


    It's got two sides. I'd split it down the middle and hang half on the shop wall. Couple wheels with wide whites. Maybe push the dents out.

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  14. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 398

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    ....Jim Sibley is from WA, right?
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  15. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 938

    from chiburbs

  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,883


    I'm going to want to think that even Jim Sibley wold pass on that one. There just flat isn't enough usable material there to make it work. Bent some and not burned it might be something that one with a lot of skill could carry off but bent and burned isn't going to be easy to deal with on a good day.
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  17. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,105

    from Alabama

    Grass fire....
    Nope that was a full blown car fire. Extra crispy!
    The convertible used to be a car. Now it's toast. What wasn't rusted out is burned out and to top it off it's beat to hell.
    It looks like a prop from a bombed out WWII street fight scene.

    There's just something about Post Wood Pre War GM Coupes. With the Coupe you have all the challenge one could ever need.......and more.
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  18. FWIW, I have a not burned but similarly rough '40 convertible, in pieces, it has top bows, the frame X, door tops, the windshield frame is mashed and what's left could be fit in the back of a full size pickup I think. It sat upside down, and when flipped back over, the frame broke into pieces.

    Yes, 40 and 41 are different but on a project of this magnitude it probably doesn't matter that much.
  19. Nailhead A-V8
    Joined: Jun 11, 2012
    Posts: 880

    Nailhead A-V8

    hmm nothing against the fat '40's but that chev seems to be surrounded by '20's-'30's tin...I'd buy one of them and stick the biggest engine I could find in it....but that's just me
    p.s. I hate it when people try to sell burnt cars pretty low imho
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  20. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,458

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Great idea, if there were anything salvageable left on that ragtop.

    On the other hand, if you make a deal on the car/cars I've got a LOT of 41/48 chevy trim and such to move to a deserving home. Just a long ways away from you in Nebraska
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  21. Not worth the effort & also TOO much $$$$$$ for the lot of them. Keep searching & you will find a better deal. Haste makes waste.
  22. a4t1rat
    Joined: Oct 6, 2008
    Posts: 51

    from Utah

  23. One in every thread, I guess. $1000 for the coupe and $500 for the burned convertible sounds like a deal to me. Convert may not be saveable but I'm sure you could do the $500 back out of the parts on it.
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  24. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 355

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    And I thought I made stupid mistakes, LOL
  25. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,999


    I think they're both buildable. I don't think the coupe will be needed. Straighten out the convertible and Carson top it. You'll have 500 bucks in oxy acedaline re- annealing the sheet metal on that convertible to get it into shape if it is in fact burned. Fire burns off the carbon in the surface of the steel and makes it brittle and stubborn like iron. I'm no expert but I've straightened some fucked up old cars. For example here's my next project

  26. If you think it is such great deal ,buy it & fix up your 41. You could probably fit it in the bed of a pickup when you dismantle it
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  27. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
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  28. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,748

    anthony myrick

    $1500 coupe and a free roached conv
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