Citroën DS Cabrio conversion 2016 @ Oord_DS_Cabrio

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.

The fact that the car was in bad shape before this was all done, made it a much tougher job to perform. The bottom and internal structured plating of the car has been completely rebuilt on both sides with 2 mm special plate, that can withstand the car’s movements and bending.
Also, the convertible was built into a 2-doors version with standard lenght front doors, the same length as the  original Berline version. This door length was also used in the early ID Palm Beach convertibles.
The car has also gone through a special proofing process to get the correct papers to comply with the Dutch motorvehicle law/ legislations.

 

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…