PS, you'd better get moving if you want the first Dolomite estate, I'm already on the track of the 2 door roof I need and expect to start on my 2 door Toledo shooting brake in the autumn!
Yes we tell eachother that for over 10 years now I believe but our concepts are different. You are planning to have a long window two door iirc and I will create a 5 door version.
I Still reckon my job will be easier and more successful than yours when finished! Doing it with a 2 door means I get a useful tailgate that reaches down to the bumper and my roof extension is a mere 435mm. Using another 2 door roof will give me the side window framing and the inner rear side panel stiffening to give strength and finish to the job. 1 thing I WOULD like to find though, is an early Dolomite roof stiffener, (819153) the one that holds the interior light on early cars. i reckon that will help if I put it across the join in the 2 roofs (i'm only planning a single join) both to keep the alignment and as reinforcement. I'm thinking of using a Herald estate tailgate frame and the top half of it's tailgate, glued to the bottom section of the Toledo's boot. I've been doing a lot of measuring lately and i'm sure I can make it work!
I reckon a 5 door on a longtail shell is gonna be a lot more work to make the roofline look right and end up with a tailgate like a letterbox. But you might surprise me! What I DO want to avoid is the clumsy pooping dog stance of the prototype 1300FWD estate that was built in the 60s On the basis of the couple of pix i've seen of it, i'm not surprised it never made production!
My deadline for getting the Dolomega on the road is this year's TDCIR, Sept 9th (whether or not it actually happens with Covid around) I'll then be free to take the Carledo off the road for a bit of much needed TLC, it's been a daily for nearly 9 years and it shows! So I plan to do the estate convo as part of that mini resto. I might even go for a more adventurous colour this time! And maybe a Vinyl roof to hide my sins!