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Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
« on: August 4, 2020, 06:18:04 pm »
I have a 1980 RamCharger (last year of full convertible) with a damaged frame but the body is still in great condition.  I am looking to get a donor frame from a newer RC (81-93).  Is there a difference in the frames from the full convertible to the non-convertible RC?  I am thinking maybe not.

All help is appreciated. Thanks
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #1 on: August 4, 2020, 06:36:28 pm »
    The difference is the section right behind the doors. On the 70's, the frame raises right behind the doors, the 80's it stays low until behind the front of the rear seat.

    To use a 70's body on an 80's frame, you need a 3" body lift block at the body mount behind the doors (third going front to back).

    To use the 80's body on a 70's frame, you need to use 3" body lift blocks on all but the mounts right behind the doors. And gearshift, and any other extensions that go along with a normal body lift.

    Easy peasy, I have done both over the years.
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #2 on: August 5, 2020, 12:05:43 pm »
    I have a 1980 RamCharger (last year of full convertible) with a damaged frame but the body is still in great condition.  I am looking to get a donor frame from a newer RC (81-93).  Is there a difference in the frames from the full convertible to the non-convertible RC?  I am thinking maybe not.

    All help is appreciated. Thanks


    there called "pop tops " because you gotta POP the HARD top off / a convertible has a SOFT top that folds back =1974 to 1980 are NOT a convertible
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #3 on: August 5, 2020, 12:33:00 pm »
     {noclue} I can think of many cars that have removable tops, that are called convertibles.
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #4 on: August 5, 2020, 01:42:51 pm »
    {noclue} I can think of many cars that have removable tops, that are called convertibles.

    only one that comes to mind is the Furds thunderbird , hard top self hiding / but to be fair Geo 90% of convertibles are folding soft tops no matter how many hairs we split , just look at the word "convertible" and it does NOT apply to a pop top in the sense of the word 
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #5 on: August 5, 2020, 03:15:42 pm »
     ;)   Try a google search for pop top suv. way down the list you will see a Ramcharger, click on it, and you will see its description as a convertible.

    Now do a search for convertible SUV,  ;)
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    77 M887- 318/727/NP203 D44HD/D60
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    85/89/90 D150/W250 5.9TBI/435/241 D44HD/D60HD
    85 W350 360/727/241 D44HD/D60
    97 B3500 5.9MPFI/518 D60HD
    20 Pacifica Hybrid, 3.6 V6, EVT 1 speed trans.
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    Re: Frame differences from full convertible to non-convertible
    « Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 07:24:59 pm »

    there called "pop tops " because you gotta POP the HARD top off / a convertible has a SOFT top that folds back =1974 to 1980 are NOT a convertible

    I've never heard 'pop top' until I joined Ramchargercentral.  Many Jeeps, Sidekicks, Blazer/Jimmies, and Broncos are called convertibles - and they have hard tops (removeable).
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