What were my options for getting shut of it? I discounted welding in the sunroof panel because frankly, that's a bodge. So, first choice was to get a new roof skin. When I discovered that it was fifteen hundred quid I started looking for a second hand one. The only ones I found at the time were five hundred quid. Still too much. Then I got in touch with a guy who restores old 911s. He said he could make me a piece with his wheeling machine. This would cost about two and a half but, he was booked up for 18 months. I know, cut a piece out of a scrap car and weld that in. What sort of car would have the right curve in the roof panel as a 911? Everywhere I went I was looking at the top of cars thinking 'is that the right shape?' In a moment of clarity I thought I know, a 911 roof is the one I need so....
back half of a sunroof type skin for twenty quid, that's more like my price range.
cut out all the inner frame
Drop the skin on to see if it is any good
It was quite good but when I tried it on back to front it was perfect, so I trimmed it to size.
only one thing left to do now, cut the roof to match it.
Even though my own welding skills are non-existent I can see what a great job you did on the roof. Excellent and the results speak for themselves!
I'm a fan of the single wiper look myself and converted my BMW. It's a PITA on a RHD car if you want to retain the OE motor, heater etc? Is there more room in a 911? Anyway, I found 1 wiper to be fine, even in heavy downpours. In fact, because the torque of the motor isn't dragging all that linkage it works just as efficiently. I also added a cover for the wiper arm from Storm although I'm sure you could whip one up yourself.
That's really great work. Filling in sunroofs on any car would give me the fear never mind on a classic 911 because of the potential to distort the whole thing. I'm guessing this is why you used the tig?