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finished my home made soft top (kinda)(with pics)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Danswift79, Jul 17, 2001.

  1. Danswift79

    Danswift79 Registered Member

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    hey guys and gals, I just finished my home made soft top except for some seamstressing. Took about 6 hours of the night and about 40-50 buck plus the extra hard top I cut up. Here are some pics: <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/album/17588287CDIFwRTGuH>http://community.webshots.com/album/17588287CDIFwRTGuH</a>. I was very impressed with how it turned out. NOW I am gonna see about the sewing and maybe some zipout side windows? Yall folks let me know what ya think. Oh also, Rit Dye and some fabic water proofing/ UV Protectant is in the future cause I don't necessarily dig the carhart look. My roommate thinks I should paint the truck like a covered wagon with a horse team on the front fenders. If only I still had those wagon wheel rims on it! Thanx for all the info over the past few months and the inpiration and thanks the Bryan (LakeTex) for the extra top. Take care ya'll

    <font color=green> God Blessed Us With General Motors </font color=green><P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Danswift79 on 07/17/01 04:14 AM.</FONT></P>
     
  2. MudFrog

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    I think it looks pretty sweet!!

    89 K5 Silverado
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  3. 45acp

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    Thats called "thinking out of the box" good for you

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    looks good man. I like the color contrast, takes a lot of heat off that damn maroon stuff HAHAHAHA. Hey post those pics of the yellow caged car in the non4x section!

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    Very cool, Dan. Now you should patent it!

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    Very cool man...
     
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    Looks Sweet!! Its always good to see something different. What did you use to cut the top. Keep the pics comin.

    85 K5 6"ProComp 35"Boggers... and it's still not BIG ENOUGH!!
     
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    Looks great!! Very good idea!

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    cool idea... how much do you think you're new top weighs?

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  11. Danswift79

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    I used a cut-off wheel and the sawz-all for the cutting. And the fabric weighs 10 pounds and I removed about 70-80#'s. The top is managable now with one person. Oh and LakeTex, I'll post that pic in a minute

    <font color=green> God Blessed Us With General Motors </font color=green>
     
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    KOOOOL I just happen to have an extra topper in the back with no winders in it! Better yet I have a canvas tarp too. How does it attach on the top near the roof line? Snap buttons also? Does rain leak in there?

    "My blazer may be slow, but it goes faster at higher speeds"
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  13. Danswift79

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    yep, snaps. and rain may very well leak in, but i don't know because it hasn't rained since I put it on. When we were putting the snaps into the tarp we did one bed rail, stretching between every snap. Then we went over the roof stretching as well. Then we did the other bedrail and finally the the back. I am still trying to decide what to use as a spreader hoop to stop the water from building up on the roof. Took it down the highway doing 70 and noticed no difference in sound with the top on. NO flapping or anything. I went out and got some Rit Dye and I hope I can black it out soon. We'll see how it turns out.

    <font color=green> God Blessed Us With General Motors </font color=green>
     
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    Where did you get the snaps? And where they hard to put in the fabric.
     
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    Very cool. Your project got me looking at my extra topper. There are ribs built in to the underside of top. If you just cut out the flat areas and left the ribs would that be enough to stiffen the fabric top against water ponding? Anyone see a downside that I'm missing?
    John

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    Ok, I'm not too clever, but. How about a couple of pieces of aluminum conduit pipe. Flatten the ends, put a little bow into them and bolt them into the top. Question, how did you go about cutting your top. Did you drill starter holes first and go at it with a jig saw? I may go the route you did instead of completely cutting the top up. Then I can always cut the rest later if I want.
     
  17. Danswift79

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    I took the cut off wheel and started a hole a on one of the straight parts. Air tools just rock now that I have on board air. I did it late at night, so I did most of the noisy stuff away from the house. BTW, that is the same approach I had, if I don't like it, ill fab up something else. And the conuit sounds like a good idea, though I may use something more sturdy so I can mount a rack. Don't know, Stil brainstorming. Thanx for your input and enthusiasm. I still haven't bought any paint or had the seaming done and it may take me a while. Anywayz, thanx and Wheel On

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    iliked the pics. just found a top for $20 so here goes!!!!!
     
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    I wonder how much water velcro would allow into the truck. Glue one side onto the top and have the other sewn intio the canvas. It might cost a few extra bucks tho!

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