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I recently purchased a 87 bmw 325 m3  that had been rolled...serious damage to the top and window frames. There is no other damage to the rest of the car. I would like to cut the top off  and make  a roadster. Are there structural concerns i need to be aware of?   Does  any other part of the body need to be reinforced? Any suggestions  are appreciated....thanks.

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Hi Joe!... First off, I would recommend that you check with your local State registration office, to see if this vehicle can be legally repaired, re-insured, and re-registered. If it is flagged as a salvage vehicle, generally it means that it can only be used as a parts vehicle. If it has been given the OK for repair, you have some options. As far as making it into a roadster, this is a definite undertaking. Before doing any work, I would also recommend that you check with your insurance company, and especially BMW itself, as most car manufacturers have a tech line, to see if modifications on this vehicle are acceptable, or available, in regards to converting a sedan into a roadster, thus being repaired safely, and being able to be re-insured. As safety is of the utmost importance. If a conversion is not recommended from BMW, I can help you out as to how to replace a factory roof, pillars, etc. I hope I have helped you out. If you have any further questions, please feel free to drop me another line...Thanks....Dave

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Dave Norgardt

Expertise

Absolutely anything autobody related... Frame repair, suspension, alignment, panel replacement, panel repair, fiberglass, plastic repair, paint, air bags, etc.....

Experience

Over 30 years in related areas. 25 years in HEAVY frame repair, suspension, and alignment procedures. As well as panel replacement and repairs, etc.....

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Journeyman Autobody Technician with Red Seal/Interprovincial certification from N.A.I.T. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Top Achiever award second year, also from N.A.I.T. Also have Platinum status from I-Car Canada...Also have Journeyman Partsman Certificate, Lethbridge, Alberta...

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Second Year Top Achiever from N.A.I.T.Edmonton

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