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It might be a question you don't hear too often, but is it possible to add a sunroof to a T-Bird that didn't have one? Say I obtained a T-Bird that wasn't driveable but came with a fully functional sunroof. Is it possible to transfer all the necessary stuff to my Bird? I know some will probably say it'll be too expensive to be worth it, but about how much would you guess it would cost?
 

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It might be a question you don't hear too often, but is it possible to add a sunroof to a T-Bird that didn't have one? Say I obtained a T-Bird that wasn't driveable but came with a fully functional sunroof. Is it possible to transfer all the necessary stuff to my Bird? I know some will probably say it'll be too expensive to be worth it, but about how much would you guess it would cost?

if you have all the parts needed, seals, everything, i would think about 3-500 labor. Its not horrible to do, but you have to be very careful.
 

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I'm also wondering how much more reinforcement there is for a sunroof car. Obviously all the stuff weighs a good amount so is it just a matter of transfering the roof panel or are there a bunch of structural components that need to be transferred?
 

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fyi '97 is one year only and a different size if your really thinking about doing it.
 

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this is a bad project, there is a whole reinforcement thats run the whole underside of the roof , stay away, it invovles removing your current roof all together
 

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you literally have to cut the whole roof off the donor car and your car
 

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there's something else that you'll need to consider. the factory moonroof has drain tubes...meaning, if you plug/remove these drain tubes, you'll get a build up of water in the moonroof assembly...w/o the drain tubes, the water has no wheres to go.
 

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the stuctural is stitch weld at the end of the roof.
 

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That is a huge undertaking... HUGE.
The others are right, too. The entire roof would have to be swapped over.
The moonroof cars have their roof sheet metal stamped and pressed at the factory. This creates the unique depression in which the moonroof glass (not sunroof) rests. There are also the drain tubes in the A pillars, structural integrity, etc.
I've considered this many times myself. I've even considered t-tops in a Fox body. It's an incredible amount of work.
 

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For what that would cost (roof swap) , you'd be better off $$ wise just buying another driveable T-Bird with a sun-roof.
 

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Having seen some of the half-assed work I've seen done on Pimp My Ride I wouldn't even want them getting their hands on my car. Those cars are in sorry shape and some of their body repairs are real hack jobs on that show. (the split window VW Bus comes to mind for one)

I can only hope WCC's body work on paying customers cars is FAR superior to the work they do on that show! :eek:

Does anyone know what moonroof(s) were used for dealer new car installs? I always hear mention of an aftermarket dealer installed moonroof that was available but every moonroof MN12 I come across has the factory moonroof.

I wouldn't even think of trying to swap a factory moonroof over to a non-moonroof car. You either have to pull the front/rear glass and replace the whole roof panel or know some really slick body man that can cut and weld in a new section of roof panel without effin things up. $$$$
 

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To do this you have to swap the entire roof assembly from one car to the other. You will also have to get your front and rear windshields removed, gut the entire interior of both cars, have everything welded back together properly, and have the car repainted. If you want to do it, then go for it, but it is a huge undertaking, not just a "while I'm in there" kind of thing. For all the work involved, you might want to consider doing a custom T-top setup or something that would actually show that you put a bunch of work into it.

Mike
 

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It would be the same basic job as a good ol' fashioned "Chop". Cut the "A" pillars and the "C" pillars on the donor car and on your car (in the exact same location). then swap the roofs over, being careful to install the drain tubes, wiring, etc. while the roofs are off. Then of course you'd have to be sure that the chassis didn't flex too much while the roof was off as it does supply a major part of the structural integrity.

It could be done, but it wouldn't be cheap. And I wouldn't have it done by just any ol' body shop. It would probably cost a lot less to just find a car with a moonroof.
 

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Well... there is another option than what you guys are saying... the ''swapping the roof'' idea should be thrown out as an option, because there are toooo many other choices to go with that are alot less work and have a better result.

There are PLENTY of companys who make sunroofs to go into cars that did not have a sunroof, there is no reason at all to swap the whole roof out, which would be the biggest PITA ever.

Even if you dont want a huge ragtop, or anything like that and you just want a plain old regular sized sunroof, there are companies that make those to go into cars wich did not have that option, its really not that big of a deal.

This summer I am taking out my 4 foot ragtop and putting in a removable glass top into its place, i know that this isnt going to be a big deal eaither.
 
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