Toyota FJ Cruiser Convertible | Newport Convertible Engineering

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First Drive:  NCE FJ Convertible

Toyota does a sense of humor. All it takes to see it is a at the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. a version of the old FJ40 Land It makes your daily feel like a trip to the

Until, that is, the FJ Cruiser’s C-pillar blots out your to make a quick lane during the crush-hour traffic. must be some kind of irony to be found in a retro with severely impaired vision.

Someone should do about this. In fact, why not cut off the whole top altogether?


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someone at Toyota had similar because last year the commissioned a convertible concept for the show from Al Zadeh Convertible Engineering  in Placentia, Actually, Zadeh did much than just slice off the roof; he went ahead and a power-operated fabric top to replace it.

is not the first time an automaker has to Zadeh to produce a convertible of one of itsvehicles. The FJ represents only a portion of the alphabet soup of tops he has engineered during his 24 in business.

“I have done just every vehicle from A to Z,” he only half joking. the letter “A” you will find of the Aston Martin Vanquish individual customers. He handled the and engineering of the first convertible of the Volkswagen New Beetle  in 1998. after, he worked on the PT  for Chrysler. His conversion of the S-Class  is still popular customers in Dubai. Recently, been meeting a big demand for versions of theCadillac CTS  and Chrysler And don’t forget his Nissan  Z, was popular in Japan through the

For all Zadeh’s popular successes convertible versions of exotic cars, he got the inspiration for his vocation an MGB while a student at USC.

“I got of carrying towels and having wet every time I drove my MG in the or the car wash,” Zadeh recalls. “I thinking about how I could the design of the convertible top.”

When work in the oil business to disappear in 1981, Zadeh his engineering career and began to convertible versions of the Nissan Porsche 928 and even Roll-Royce

Measure Twice, Cut Once

relies on a combination of sketches, design and Photoshop-altered images to out his development.

“My knowledge base is because of all the cars I’ve over the years,” he explains. “I the manufacturer’s original design and try not to from it. Safety is most so the mounting points for the seatbelts and points stay in place.”

personally carries out the initial to get a feel for the way the car is built and where it structural reinforcement. He says a four-door vehicle usually up to three or four months to

The four-door Toyota FJ Cruiser an additional problem because its B-pillar swings out to afford access  to the seat, so once the top is removed, the latch points for the front go with it. As a solution, Zadeh has a roll cage of 1.25-inch over the passenger area to the door mount, plus added structural integrity, and a dash of Hummer-like off-road

What Zadeh didn’t add was a lot of “I try to keep the weight within pounds of the original vehicle,” he His FJ convertible weighs about 80 more than a stock

Because the FJ has body-on-frame construction, was no need to further stiffen the The body, however, gets bracing at the rear via extensions the side of the roll cage, a bar just forward of the rear and two similarly sized bars the back near the tailgate.

The lined power top includes a glass rear window. A on the lower left of the dash and lowers it. Securing it to the windshield is done by a pair of latches from theToyota Solara .

Sparks Fly

As eager as we were to do al fresco beach cruising in the FJ, it was not to resist the opportunity to watch one of workers wield an electric saw in an on the FJ Cruiser’s offensive C-pillar with the rest of the roof.

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The whole spark-scattering, eardrum-shattering (much like a fireworks during a demolition derby) about 30 minutes. This is after the interior has been and the exterior covered in 3M Welding and Deflection paper. It takes workers to lift off the amputated

What follows is the more task of fitting the roll bracing, top mechanism and then the of the interior.

Great Big Beach

With the top down and the windows the FJ convertible is nearly as temperate and as the hardtop FJ. Judging by the stares we get except for the guy in the Wrangler  straining to eye contact), it’s even on the outside.

Some people like the humpback styling of the FJ Cruiser, but the general populace feels the convertible vibe, the closer you get to the beach.

Zadeh’s engineering skill and the sturdiness of the FJ convertible are verified two sets of railroad tracks to induce a hint of cowl or vibration. While vehicle hasn’t been upgraded, the cockpit makes the FJ feel Being able to hear the raspy little exhaust adds to the illusion of power.

the top retracts almost completely, it rests above the FJ’s high beltline, so visibility behind the driver remains Once it’s raised, the top well, with no annoying or rattles. But we must admit there is only a slight if any, in terms of the dreaded spot.

But who cares when you the remedy is only a button-push

So Good, Toyota Wants One

The of Newport Convertible Engineering’s FJ Convertible has made Toyota seriously about putting similar into production and we anticipate a factory-authorized version in the of 2009. For the time being, of Toyota dealers are sold on the To meet demand, Zadeh has had to two 12-man shifts to pump out FJ Cruiser Convertibles a month.

About 90 percent of Zadeh’s are new models sold through The remaining sales are to individual FJ who deal directly with The convertible conversion costs and includes NCE’s warranty for years or 36,000 miles. as important, the conversion does not Toyota’s warranty on the rest of the FJ.

You there are times when you enjoy driving a life-size especially if it’s a big, convertible.

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