The conversion to convertible, including making it all legal was done in 2015/2016 by an experienced licensed chassis-builder, Oord DS Cabrio, in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. ( The underneath picture shows the car upon delivery at Oord DS cabrio beginning of 2016, before I took it home for a complete makeover of the top cover and boot lid )
Strengthening the base of the car is not only necessary, it is also a requirement to get an adapted car registration at the Dutch ministry of traffic ‘RDW’.
The longerons at both inner and outer positions, as well as all connecting carrying parts were strengthened according to an original plan, as deposited by Oord DS Cabrio.
Oord also provides a basic fabric rooftop, as a sort of add-on. The idea here is that you will never use the car’s hood, since it is an open car. But- I really wanted a convertible with a roof that I can easily get up and down. That became the next episode of my long-term adventure…