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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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I want to add a sunroof to my Balt, and was wondering how I would go about doing so? I like doing things myself, but I don't want to mess anything up. On the other hand, I don't want to pay an arm and a leg. What would be the best way to go about this? If I add one, would it be safe against leaks and such?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 08:26 AM
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Abythig can be done with the right amount of money and know how. But you will want someone that knows how to weld, and do all kinds of things. You will have to put braces in I'm sure to strengthen the car again.

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I spent some time a while back looking into this. You can swap the roof panels from a car that had a sunroof into one that doesn't. It's the entire top piece between the plastic trim strips on the roof. To do it, those plastic trim pieces need to be removed, then the front and rear windows need to be removed. The weld points need to be separated then you can swap the roof panels. There is a roof support in a non-sunroof car but there isn't one in cars with factory sunroof. They maintain roof strength from and integrated support that's built into the sunroof track assembly.
So, yes its possible to go the stock route if you want to pay a body shop to do the work. You may even be able to find one in the right color at a salvage yard. Otherwise, I was quoted $1k to have a "stock looking" electric sliding sunroof installed by a company who installs them. There's also the pop-up, manual style sunroof. Those would be cheaper.

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JMHO, but if you're not an experienced moon/sun roof to leave this one to the pro's. Had T-tops installed in my 1984 Mustang (many moons ago) and went with "lowest" bidder = big mistake. Had to cut-up bicycle inner tubes to stop water from flowing inside. I was young/stupid and never went back to have the installer fix their mistake...never again.

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