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cutting the top off post-76 K5, where, how, issues?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by uglychevyZZ4, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. uglychevyZZ4

    uglychevyZZ4 3/4 ton status

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    I hate this freakin lid, want it gone! I know its been done. if i cut it it looks like it might collapse???? sawzall is ready to go, where and what boyz:thinking:
     
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    look in the tech section instead of the forums. There is a great do it yourself article by BajaViking. I'm following his instructions to do mine.
     
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    cool article but it dosent say if all that HAS to be done or if it can just be cut off and still not have the windshild cave in?
     
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    The windshield won't cave in :rolleyes: but unless you do something to make the body more rigid the body will sag at the doors.

    Rene
     
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    thanks rusty... its ok, doors are going to be gone and welded boxed tube:D hows it goin up there north anywho?
     
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    It ain't easy cutting the double walled section off in the rear . Need a good grip and patience .
     
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    4.5" cutoff wheel work better. The windshield wont collapse without support if your rig is just sitting there. Any kind of use, especially offroad stuff, wouldn't be the best of ideas though. I chopped my top months ago... but I haven't driven it anywhere but around my property either. Before I do, it'll be tied into the a-hoop on my cage...

    j
     
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    ya thats the "eventually" plan, is to tie it to the cage, when, if , cash, time, blah blah blah :D
     
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    That windshield frame is a hell of a lot stronger than you might think. The flex is actually in the firewall/cowl area. Even so with my windshield frame not tied into the 'A' hoop or halo it has never hit the cage tubing...and when parked the WS frame is as close as 3/8" in places.

    The rest of the cage keeps the body in check, but I should still tie the cowl into the front bars. Ideally I need to push the whole thing forward about 1/4"...that would get my doors opening and closing perfectly again.

    Rene
     

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