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Convertible Stroke 8 w114 conversions

I have honestly been thinking about this for less than about an hour, but I wonder if it could be my calling.

Does anyone have any information on how these were built?
- I only see one picture of one with the rear windows up, and after reading about C-pillars needing reinforcement, I wonder if the rear windows wet commonly eliminated.
- what type of windshield reinforcements and latching mechanism were used?

I've got:
- a custom 450slc 5.0 convertible, and I have studied it next to my stock 280slc and my stock 450sl and I see how components of each were used, like an SL windshield, sl trims and an SL top frame that was cut and extended. I've observed where 2"x2" rails were added under the rockers for reinforcements.
- a hardtop with plans of some day trying to make a custom hardtop for my SLC Convertible.
- a welding setup
- I have a junky w114 sedan, and realize that it is not the car to invest much into. It's a great parts car or total beater.
- I have the ability to purchase a very inexpensive w114 coupe.
- I know where I can get a very cheap parts car r107 which could potentially be used for parts like a top frame and windshield latching system.

I am the guy who was seeking a five seat convertible and bought the custom SLC. It is what I've always considered would be a keeper, but I have to admit that the w114/115 was the model that got me interested in buying my first Benz in 2010. To have a classic convertible would be a dream, like a 280se convertible, but I doubt that I will ever lay down that kind of cash, and to even attempt something like this on a 280se seems like a crime... But to do it to a cheap (near parts car condition) w114... That's a whole different story.

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Oh. One thing that is nicer about a w114 for this conversion than an SLC is the fact that the W114/5 gas tank isn't below the parcel shelf (where a top would need to be stored). The soft top on my SLC sticks up pretty high when folded due to this restriction.



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A RHD for sale. (Not sure how old this is though.)
http://carsales.mobi/cars/photogalle...623736&Index=0


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I have an acquaintance in Europe who recently stumbled upon a 250 CE Cabriolet. He wasn't sure if it was a factory made car or not because it was done so well. Were there any W 114 Cabriolets made by the factory?

Fonzi , the SLC cabriolet, could you please email additional pictures of it to my direct email ?
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I have an acquaintance in Europe who recently stumbled upon a 250 CE Cabriolet. He wasn't sure if it was a factory made car or not because it was done so well. Were there any W 114 Cabriolets made by the factory?



Fonzi , the SLC cabriolet, could you please email additional pictures of it to my direct email ?

I don't believe that any w114 cabriolets were made by MB. Apparently a company call Crayford made them though.

Here is a link to the ridiculously long thread on my SLC convertible made by a guy in Atlanta named Stephen Register who built two of them. I purchased mine from a guy who knew Stephen Register from car auctions, and bought it for his wife's 40'th birthday in 1985. http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...nvertible.html ~page 19 starts into a lot of pictures showing the condition if the car as I received it.





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Someone with a similar thought process...
http://www.stroke8.org/forum/index.p...ge;topic=111.0



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Fonzi,

Wow, that's a lively & very long chat ! I saw the pictures there and browsed through your adventure with the SLC cabrio.....It's not only a hobby but an adventure applies..... Thanks...

The second link http://www.stroke8.org/forum/index.p...ge;topic=111.0 doesn't work.
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Wow, that's a lively & very long chat ! I saw the pictures there and browsed through your adventure with the SLC cabrio.....It's not only a hobby but an adventure applies..... Thanks...



The second link http://www.stroke8.org/forum/index.p...ge;topic=111.0 doesn't work.



Sorry about the bad link. Let me try again...
http://www.stroke8.org/forum2.html
Hmm... It doesn't look like it's going to work. Well, here's a picture of the thread at Stroke8.org . It's just another guy like me wondering about convertible w114.






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Searching the stroke8 site also turned up one that was FS on Texas a few years ago...
http://www.stroke8.org/forum/index.php?topic=37.0




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