You can't calculate a formula to find out why it's great; you just know it when you see it. This has been the philosophy of Jay Dean at the Nostalgia Ranch as he has been cutting and stitching the top on this Ford shoebox. His plan was to lower the lid and convert the sedan into a hardtop. We left you last month with the sedan's top sitting a lot lower on the body but still needing some fine-tuning.
This month we'll show how Jay tackled the A-pillars and eliminated the B-pillars with a hardtop conversion. We haven't given many measurements during any of these steps because Jay feels you really need to cut a little, stand back to take a look, and then repeat until it looks right to your eye. If you don't trust your own eye, invite some friends over and get their opinions. The point is, every car will to tell you how it looks best. Follow along for some tips to apply to your own custom.