Adding a moonroof?

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  1. tunafizzle

    tunafizzle New Member

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    I'm thinking of making my own moonroof for my classy 1993 ford taurus. In all seriousness how hard can it be? Cut a hole, mount glass, make sure it sealed well, then clean it up. I imagine the most difficult part would be finding a saw the cut through the roof somewhat cleanly. Anyone else ever have this idea?
     
  2. I think its going to be a lot harder than you expect. A lot. Could be wrong don't qoute me.
     
  3. depnds. did taurus's ever have moon roofs from the factory? If so it mights just have a sheetmetal cover over the opening. Kinda like 4th gen f-bodies (all the hardtops have the t-top structure.

    If it wasnt a factory option then there will probably be some supports there (which I wouldn't recommend cutting.
     
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    I do recall seeing tauri from my era (91-94ish) having sunroofs. I'll look around and see if I can find a blueprint of the frame. I'm not sure how serious I am about this yet. But it is a 93 taurus, so what do i have to lose?
     
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    might get noisy in the car when you take it on the highways.
     
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    Funny you should mention that, the whole entire console, steering wheel, everything starts to shake real bad once I take it over 65mph. Its been doing since at least 1996, the previous owners kept nice maintance records.
     
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    I don't suppose any of that would be hard at all. However, the challenge comes in whether that year actually had an option, just like was mentioned. I remember wanting to add an "inside slider" moonroof to my 1993 Achieva but ASC told me it would be unsafe and wouldn't do it. They'd do a pop-up one, IMHO is a waste of time. The roof bracing just wasn't there. Granted, you can go all out and add additional bracing but you're into money and time there.

    As was mentioned I did have a buddy who very successfully turned his hard top Camaro (4th gen, 1998) into a t-top.
     
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    Well i just want a fixed moonroof, I really don't care about opening it. It's more about just seeing if I can actually do it fairly well. I really cant see it being that hard.
     
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    if you really want one that bad, i would just buy another car that has a sun/moon roof. May seem easy but its going to be really hard to keep it from leaking. Even the aftermarket ones will leak after a while. Alot of the fbody guys convert their hardtop cars to t-tops cars. Some are successful but most end up leaking at some point. If you good at stuff like that then give it a shot, but if you haven't done anything like this before, save you self the headaches and forget about doing it.
     
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    If you use the right grade of flexible caulking you will be fine and it shouldn't leak for many years.
     
  11. NEp8ntballer

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    ditch your GL model for an SHO with the moonroof.
     

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