Audi 80 manual roof top built into my Citroën ID20 convertible

Although Oord did provide a fabric roof to the car at delivery, I decided to put a more practical , in my view better matching to the car, fabric hood in.  So, after the basics of the conversion was done, I took the car home and built my version of a collapsible roof and fabric hood into the car.  (The uderneath picture shows the Audi80 hood frame and hood placed in the car, and the newly developed flattened boot lid )

My original thought has always been to get a good looking convertible, and the combination of the big sized ID/DS, joined with the roof from another big sized car, the early Audi 80 convertible,  was my vision on how to do this.

In the below presented movie you will see our process of adapting the Audi 80 cabrio hood frame into the Citroën ID/DS convertible.

The Audi roof frame had to be widened and lengthened to match the windows front and side of the car. Also, the boot lid has been completely rebuilt and an additional water drainage has been custom made between roof lid and boot lid. And- of course the rear windows has been remade. (The underneath picture shows the temporary perspex window that was later replaced by special glass windows).

Overall, the width at the positioning in the rear space of the hood lid is exactly the right size.

Throughout the lenght of the hood frame coverage it showed a considerable misfit to the ID/DS. The misfit has been compensated in the hood frame by making it a little less than 1 inch (2cm) narrower at the rear and almost 2 inches (4cm) wider at the front.  The correction was at a maximum near the B-pillar where the ID/DS roof (and windows) is 3 inch wider at both sides of the car (8cm Left and Right).

Also, the length of the hood frame was dynamically increased at the front with slider rails by 30cm in total (12 inch).

When the body of the car was converted, a lot had to be pulled out and lowered, widened and so on.

After that, the roof and rear of the car had to be redesigned to make it look better than the Oord’s original big bobble in the rear trunk cover.  See the below pictures as taken in the beginning of 2016 when the car was delivered to me by Oord DS cabrio. The roof got delivered by Oord DS cabrio as a DIY package of steel rods and parts of the original roof around the windows top and some nuts and bolts.  The fabric roof was to be rolled on and off over the steel roof rods and be connected to the front window and top of the side window railings.  I found it quite time consuming to put it up, and even more to get it down again.  I also wanted to lower the rear trunk lid, and get rid of the big ‘bobble’.  So, I searched for a mechanical roof top with fram and window mechanisms, and all of the corresponding interior parts.  A Saab 900 would have been the ideal option, but these were very hard to obtain.  I ended up with an Audi 80 roof top/frame and bought the rest on Ebay.

After that,  it was mainly a lot of time and patience to get it all to fit and look the way I wanted it to look.

It is intended to look a lot like an early Palm Beach convertible, except the nose of the car which will remain the original phase 3 nose. (Picture beginning of 2018)

The boot lid is flattened and is placed in full width between the rear fenders, like the Palm Beach version.  The front chairs are now from an early Volvo C70, for comfort reasons.  The headrest is perfect and the chairs fit perfectly into the car.  The fitting of the new chairs is done in such a way that the Citroën’s original chairs still fit in its original position without any mechanical problem.

Because of the new fitting of the Audi80 roof top, in the rear of the car no original Citroën bench will ever fit anymore.  Same goes for the rear side panels.  Therefore, the original Audi80 rear positioned bench and side panels are made to fit the car.

The A and B-pillars were also strengthened and the former hood panel at the former C-pillars was lowered to make space for the new roof, to fit it in folded position. The top part of the B-pillars is removed completely and the front- and rear windows are positioned 4 mm from each other.

The rear window mechanism is completely removed and the Audi 80 window mechanism is rebuilt to fit a flat window. A sub-frame was placed and was later made removable.

The rear windows have been renewed with securit glass, custom made windows in the original windows colour. Picture below is during the building phase, still without the connecting alu/rubber h-shaped profile…

And after the sprayjob was done ( with black 2K spraypaint)

Next and last to be done will be:

1) Get the interior parts like the chairs + rear bench and all side covers newly covered with black leather..

2) Also, the roof lid  (with the chrome edge) will be adapted to the vintage looks of the car, and will be covered with  a leather cover including original chromed ‘buttons’, like the ‘Palm Beach’ version

3) The original OEM-made carpets all around the car , also in the boot, will finally be placed.

More photos to come!