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    Hello froggies,

    I am seriously considering converting a 16 into a coupe.

    The 16TL I have, is very rusty behind the passenger side on the floor, although the rust is only on the floorpan.

    So if I was to start chopping up cars, I was just looking at the lines of a 16 front vs a 10 or 8 rear end. The rear end from even a 10 or an 8 is quite different, and would require quite a bit of modification, but it "looks" like the overall dimentions seem right.

    even the rear window on the coupe looks slightly different to the one on the 16s hatch.

    I guess the other issue would be keeping it (original) to what it would have been maybe difficult, engine wise. Unless the roadworthy guy doesnt notice its a 2 door! I am guessing complying to EPA may be difficult.

    Anyone have any views / ideas on such a project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid
    Hello froggies,

    So if I was to start chopping up cars, I was just looking at the lines of a 16 front vs a 10 or 8 rear end. The rear end from even a 10 or an 8 is quite different, and would require quite a bit of modification, but it "looks" like the overall dimentions seem right.

    even the rear window on the coupe looks slightly different to the one on the 16s hatch.
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    This is going to be one huge project. Just think of what you need to do here. The front end panels are the same or similar. But, except for the floorpan, you would have to custom make and replace all the metalwork behind the A pillar or, if you can get away with using the existing from doors, everything behind the B pillar. This would include shortening or replacing the roof which is structual.
    The R8 or R10 back end would be harder to fit the it would be to make panels from scratch. They would be shorter, narrower, and probably have pressings in them where you don't want them.

    You would certainly have one unique vehicle at the end of the job but it would be a huge task to get there and to have one that is driveable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by REN TIN TIN
    You would certainly have one unique vehicle at the end of the job but it would be a huge task to get there and to have one that is driveable.
    I agree, it would be a massive job.

    It would be something I'd be spending years on, as I wouldn't ever have all the money at one time to do it all at once.

    I guess if the dimentions of an 8 or 10 are completely different, I should first try and work out what parts I should be looking for.

    I wonder if any of the car designers, or renault have chassis diagrams etc.

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    Make it twin engine! the 16 front end with motor, link everything up to the 8 or 10 motor in the back! 4wd twin engined beast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demannu
    Make it twin engine! the 16 front end with motor, link everything up to the 8 or 10 motor in the back! 4wd twin engined beast!
    I actually wondered that.. if it was a front or rear engine/wheel drive.

    Hey, have you seen that Fiat "all wheel drive" video?

    what a crackup.
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