I think CarMax would be more interested and could offer more than the dealer!Well you could always just weld the doors shut and that would add a lot of rigidity to the body. Some 6" wide x 1/4" thick channel welded to the underside would help as well.
Just for fun, swing by a local welding shop and see what they think it might cost to beef up the frame.
You're in pretty good shape so getting in and out with the doors welded shut would't that big a deal. Think Kookie from 77 Sunset Strip.
Nice start though. Should be interesting when you go to the Toyota Dealer and see what their reaction to it would be. Maybe ask a salesman for a quote as a trade in.
The true topless experience means not having a top when it snows or its cold outside like it was here .Nice. Looks almost like the Solara convertible. I wonder if you could really rhetofit the convertible top from a solara and somehow make it work with this? Then again you'll have to do some crazy fab work because theres more length in the ES than say a Solara.
I took it for a drive around the block. Didn't notice any difference in the car's handling compared to having the roof on. I didn't take crazy corners though, and the doors align properly, even with 2 of us inside.I wonder how many miles it will go before the door gaps close up so the doors won't open any more? (or worse, won't close)
Watch out for speed humps, and/or carrying heavy friends.
This car was neglected. So I decided to have a little fun before parting it out.Nice glass break tool and you can brush your teeth too. Lol.
What's the reason to chop the top other than making the fleet less sedanish?
Haha yeah I agree - this was all for fun! At least its better than the car going straight to the crusher.I get a kick out of how OP clearly was having a laugh (no reinforcement, no top, no metal treatment of the exposed, sawed off sheet metal) but folks keep offering suggestions as if it was a serious project.