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fixing a fiberglass top

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85 Jimmy, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    my fiberglass top is cracked in the rear corners...

    is there anyway to fix this and have it blend in without a huge bulge?
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Is it cracked along the seams or?
     
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    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    I took a piece of stainless steel 1"x6" long or so, 1/16" thick, and lag bolted upright, inside of the rear pillars. I then took some fiberglass mat and resin and covered the whole thing. Aside for a few small buldges from the bolt heads, where I could have thicken'd up the glass a bit more to belnd, you can't really tell.
    To get the glass to lay the way I wanted it, I had leaned the topper up against the side of the house, upright with the rear pillars on the ground.
     
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    I'd give you this one if you could arrange to come get it...


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  5. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I have little hair line cracks and the filler if coming out on mine. I asked my mechanic and he told me to use a marine product that comes in a small tube. To save my life I can't remember the name. He said it is white and comes in a 4 oz tube. I will go see him later today and ask the name
     
  6. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    it's not in the seam...

    i'll get a pic when i get home from work and post it up
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    He was probably talking about Marine Tex....

    It's pretty much crap... Real marine guys wont use that stuff.. Good product to keep in a toolbox onboard for emergencys tho..

    To the original poster.... Take some pics and I'll go in to detail on how to properly repair it so you'd never know it was there...
     
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    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    these pics are the same crack. and it's like this on both sides...

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    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    and this is it from the inside...

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    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    sorry, i don't know how to resize the pics, and i know that the top and body are different colors, i plan to do the whole truck camo after awhile
     
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    Go get another top.

    Seriously, way too much work if you are going to repaint it anyway, and usually people are giving the hard tops away.

    I disagree with the people that say toss the rear-most (hidden) bolt that holds the topper on. Not sure if that was the case in your install, but since the topper has steel reinforcement in that location, to me it makes sense to bolt it down solid.
     
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    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    well since it seems like k5's are rare around here i think i'll hold on to the top...

    the rear bolt the PO stripped out the nut so i just took it out so it wouldn't rattle around
     
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    Take yours off, and drive to whoever nearest you is giving one up! :)

    I'll wait and see what those who fiberglass have to say, but with it all the way through like that, I'd expect it might take some time, especially to make good, and as strong as it was factory.

    These things typically crack/separate where the seams are in the rear, and yours did crack through a seam, no idea if it started there or not. In any case, I would have to imagine for any repair to be strong enough to withstand the flexing the top goes through, you will need to fix the seam as well.
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Might be of help here. Back in January I bought a set of windows from Brad Griffin in Youngsville, LA off eBay his seller name was " btland ". He had the whole topper but I only needed the windows. He might still have the top worth giving him a call or email via eBay.
     
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    Amen! I'd agree. spend the money driving to find another member here that will hook you up cheap. Many of us have taken them off and some even use them as dog houses. You might not want those though because of the smell :D
     

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