Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

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Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:12 pm

I picked up another vert ( yes, another one ) !

Little back story first...

Last November or so I picked up a starlet for $300!

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I traded that for a MK2 supra...

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Traded that for a S13 coupe...

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Traded that for my first S13 vert, with a sr20det swap!

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I initially pulled the SR out of that vert to swap in the 510. Sold the shell for $1000. So I was gonna swap the 510 with the SR, but then I got offered a complete LS swap for a s13 for my sr.

L33 5.3L (aluminum block)
Z32 twin turbo tranny with adapter plate
Lightened flywheel & stage 3 clutch
Full mount kit for s13

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Ok, so that catches you up.

Now that I have the LS, I wanted another vert that I could actually build this time (last one was too rough of a start for what I wanted with the car). So...I picked up another vert last week, a lot cleaner one at that!

$850 and I drove her home

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Top was opened while driving, completely busted to the point of it not being worth fixing.

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Hardtop it is! Using a coupe roof I got from a friend, this is just a hour or so into cutting!

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It's gonna take some tricky fab work to make it all seal and function properly while still looking presentable!

I need a roof, rainy season is coming!
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby yello620 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:22 am

So, after all the trading, are you going to use the L33? I could be interested in one if its getting sold.
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Taterhead » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:06 am

Yay, he's back. I was wondering what "vert (hardtop)" meant. Can't wait to see how you pull it off. (The fabrication, not actual removal)
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Laecaon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:35 am

Pretty sure the L33 is going into the s13. The s13 currently has a good ka24de in it...
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby draker » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:55 am

Ka for sale?
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:59 am

yello620 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:22 am wrote:So, after all the trading, are you going to use the L33? I could be interested in one if its getting sold.


The plan is to swap the L33 in. But if something unexpected comes up and it needs to go I will let you know!
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:02 am

Taterhead » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:06 am wrote:Yay, he's back. I was wondering what "vert (hardtop)" meant. Can't wait to see how you pull it off. (The fabrication, not actual removal)


Haha I have a few ideas rolling in my head! The roof is actually surprisingly light after taking all the inner crap off it!


I'm thinking some sort of J-hook on each rear pillar with a channel seal in the original vert trim.
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:03 am



Gonna keep it for now, nice to have a KA hanging around ;)
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby draker » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:26 am

I agree. Just checking
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Laecaon » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:34 pm

Some work done on the s13.

What we started with:
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Soft top removed:
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Dog:
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Derek:
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Original front locking plate from the soft top. We are going to use it on the hard top.
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Cut off wheel! (my Hilti grinder)
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Front locking bar on the roof (not at all in the final location). It fits surprisingly well.
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And where we left off. Its fitting a lot better. Still need to trim the front edge more. And then a lot of cutting and planing for the bottom edges. Looks like it going to get a Lexan rear window.
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby flatcat19 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:01 pm

It definitely looks a bit different. Can't wait to see you finish that.
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby 510freak » Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:19 am

That is going to be a one of?
great idea given the weather in the pnw
Taterhead » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:35 am wrote:[quote="Taterhead » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:41 pm


Sorry, I was channeling my inner flatcat.
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Laecaon » Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:49 pm

Updates. We have been working on it off and on for the last little bit. Came to a few conclusions. Took off all the trim on the vert as it was in the way of making the top sit on the car. We think we have found a way to actually run stock glass for the rear window. There is a lower edge for the rear window welded in (not pictured). Its sitting just about exactly where it needs to go. At this point, its a matter of getting the front lined up, and then everything should work out swell once we make it work with a seal. We still havent done much to the car itself, but that will change as we make an area for it to seal.

Also, after having cut the roof up, and a bit of trimming on the car, we have concluded that a S13 vert is in fact 100% a Coupe with the top cut off.

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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:31 pm

Picture of the piece for the rear window.

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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:03 pm

Jacob found a s13 coupe part out, got the window and all the trim pieces I needed for the roof for $80.

Just got home with it, more pics in the day light!

Thanks Jacob!

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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:53 am

Daytime pics! So excited, is so close!

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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby izzo » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:11 pm

Damn dude. I have never seen someone do that. Good job!
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Draynor » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:23 pm

Been a while...Been Busy...Life

I'm getting back to my own projects, I haven't been working on them but that hasn't stopped me from collecting a lot of parts to get them done.

New turn for the vert is the power plant is now a 99 Camaro LS1 mated to a 02 Silverado 5 speed (NV3500).

Have most my stuff for the swap, just finishing chassis cleaning, undercoating and suspension overhaul before I do the drivetrain stuff. I want a nice clean car all around.

Well here is what it looks like until I get my clutch and flywheel setup in!

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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby Laecaon » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:55 pm

This will be fun!
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Re: Draynor's S13 Vert (Hardtop)

Postby DRIVEN » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:31 am

I'll be curious to see how that transmission works out in a car. I'm fairly familiar with them but the closest I've seen someone come is a swap into a Gbody that was never completed. Be sure to get some GM Synchro Mesh fluid for it. Makes a huge improvement in shift quality. Cheapest I found was Amazon.
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