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Anybody got good pics of their soft top set up ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by riz, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> I know some of you guys have soft tops on their K5's and I want to build a K5 model with one but need some good pictures so I can see how they look........... I know you have one Rene. Anybody else to help me out ??

    L8r,
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  2. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Yah I'd like to see them, c'mon guys.....
     
  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I don't have a digital camera...tell me what kind of pics you want...angle? details? I have 3 or 4 pics left on my film right now...I can go take whatever pics you want and get the film developed on CD tomorrow.

    Rene

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  4. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> Mainly I 'm looking for pics of how it is attached to the K5 itself and what it looks like when it's rolled up and tied off.

    L8r,
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  5. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> The basic framework of it too so I know how to bend the wire.

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  6. tRustyK5

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    Here's one of the top all rolled up:

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    As far as how it is attached that can be described...once the hard top is removed you'll see a sorta flat area around the perimeter of the half cab above the seal. My top has some thin aluminum flat bar that screws to the half cab itself. I'd say its 3/16"x1 1/2" and its screwed every 12" or so. the mounting screws are about 3/8" from the edge of the flat bar with the rest being there to support the edge of the top and to provide a place to drill holes and mount the snaps.
    Along the bedsides is some thin 1"x1" aluminum angle. The outside edge of the angle is about 2 3/8" from the inside edge of the bed rail. This is held down with about 6 or 7 screws into the top of the bed. All the snaps for the side curtain are mounted on the other face of the angle.

    There are two hoops for the top itself (visible in the pic) I can provide dimensions if necessary. The front hoop has two support bars that insert into the back of the cab and into the hoop. The rear hoop slides through a fabric sleeve sewn into the inside of the top at the rear above the window. There are two adjustable fabric straps that cinch through some footman loops screwed into the rear corners of the bed. These provide tension for the top. The rear curtain snaps against the tailgate with the snaps screwed into the tailgate itself. If any of this is clear as mud let me know and I'll take some detail pics for you.

    Rene

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  7. tRustyK5

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    I just thought I'd add that the hoops are made of aluminum tubing, sorta like lawn chair tubes...there is a slip joint in the middle of each tube about dead center of the top.

    Rene

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  8. Confederate9

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    mine was custom dones, but you can see it on my webpage.

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  9. riz

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    <font color=purple> Thanks a lot guys .. I appreciate it !

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    I know I'm showing you the wrong generation but thought I would share this shot of the snap rails that Kayline made for the top of the bed rail. The windows are just flaped up on top....
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    The red strap is something I added to keep the Hwy falpping/sagging to a minimum, just installed two footman loops on the tailgate and sinch the top tight from the back.
    If you want more I have a ton of photos posted out on Zing...
    http://www.burt4x4.coloradok5.com
     
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    There are also some pics on tRusty's site!

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    <font color=purple> All of the pics have been extremely helpful ...thanks !

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    I always thought you had to drill holes and put the snaps on the quarter panels. Do you know if bestop uses a similar snap rail? Since they seem to be the only game in town.
     
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    CaptainK5-CT, I don know, but I would think they would have a similar rail like the Kayline!? There use to be a first gen guy on this board that had a BestTop on his K5??I cannot remember his name/nickname......


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    I also have a Kayline. The only place the snaps screw directly into the body is along the tailgate. For the rest of the top, you must drill holes to mount the alluminum rails. I have no idea why they couldn't have used the OE hardtop holes. Probably the same reason they use such crappy zippers. Gee, I wonder why they went out of business?

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    The tubes on kayline tops are steel.Mine are stamped EMT witch is electrical conduit.3/4 inch size.These are the real cheap tubing that is galvanized at hardware stores.
     
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    FWIW, EMT= ( Electric Metallic Tubing), you are absolutely correct!
     
  19. tRustyK5

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    My bad...the stuff is so light I just assumed it was aluminum...[​IMG]

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    Mine is a custom top, but its on my site...
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