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Converting A 78 To Full Topless

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 4wheelin4Jesus, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. 4wheelin4Jesus

    4wheelin4Jesus 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone converted their k5 to full topless like the earlier years? I have a 78 that i would like to do it to. I saw the article in the tech section http://www.coloradok5.com/full-convertible-conversion.shtml that showed how to do it. But, they took a doner vehicle, and welded the windshield frame to the existing one. I would like to put a soft top on mine after i chop it. I was thinking of cutting the top off of mine, and welding some plate on top of the windshileld frame to connect the soft top to. Has anyone done this before, and do you have any pics, or advice.
    thanks.
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    My advice is to buy a 73-75 windshield frame and graft it on...it'll be way easier than trying to weld and fill the remains of what you cut doing it the other way. Plus, if you ever do want a hardtop it's already ready for it.

    Rene
     
  4. surpip

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    you really think that is eaiser?
    i want to do the same thing he dose, i wont ever put a hard top on mine though
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    The time you'd spend filling the gaping hole up top is going to be more than grafting the donor frame on, and with the donor frame it'll look good after (as well as leave you more options later)

    The only crappy part with grafting the frame is the re&re on the front glass.

    Rene
     
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