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full convertible on pickup

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by muddybuddy, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    anybody thought bout it or attempted it? you would use the same parts for as u would for a k5, but cut the top and shorten it and somehow bolt it to the cab. just had a mental picture of it. anybody try it?
     
  2. 1BadK-30

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    It's been done on 1st gen's, gives them the hotrod look. I havn't seen any on a 2nd gen though.
     
  3. Craig Artzner

    Craig Artzner 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    That would be kinda cool, if it was done right. I would imagine you would just lop off the roof above the windshield and below the back window and weatherstrip the all cut edges. Maybe I'll Photochop something if I get some free time...
     
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    Thought of the same a few days ago.. only...

    Crew cab 8 foot bed... Chop the top and the back down to the floor..chop out the front side of the bed....install rubber matting or something over the crack, weld in 2 sets of bench seats into the bed... boom...instant convertable 1 ton supersize suburban. 12 passenger capacity.. Maybe even fit a 5th bench seat? 15 passenger... GO DUALLY!
     
  5. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    This was a moderately popular mod on the truck show circuit in the early 90's. Once upon a time there was a company that offered a kit with gaskets and latches to use the original (now cut off) top.
     
  6. Craig Artzner

    Craig Artzner 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Didn't Dodge make a convertible Dakota back in '88 or '89 from the factory? I remember them being described as "ludicrously short on legroom". Guess they had to make room behind the seat for the top when it was down...
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Yep, soft top too.

    Good trivia. :rotfl:
     
  8. BadBob

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    One of my neighbors still drives one of those things. Top looks pretty sad by now though.
     
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    it would look cool
     
  10. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    There was a one of those in...I'm thinking Four Wheeler a few years ago. If it wasn't them it was 4W&OR. A guy in New Jersey with a decent sized lift and it had the fully removable top made out of the original hard top. Remember thinking it was odd if a bit impractical for me.

    If you have access to stacks of those magazines you might thumb through some.
     
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    US Body Source, the fiberglass guys, have such a top ... which might, I would add, work very well for 73-75 Blazers as a half-cab.

    Anyway...

    http://www.usbodysource.com/

    I can't get their friggin web page to link inside frames, so just go to 73-87 Chebbies and scroll down.

    -- A
     
  12. Vetteman61

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    hm?

    Why lob off the top behind the windshield? Why not cut the windshielf frame and weld in the windshield frame from a junked blazer with a fully removable top? Seems that would be much cleaner.
     
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    If I had a 67-72 2wd or any 2wd shortbox id prolly do it in conjuction with making it a Rat Rod.
     
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    Somehow this doesnt' sound easier than just chopping the top off a burb....
     
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    No but it makes me think of buying a school bus and making it a convertable for my 5th year highschool reunion.
     
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    and by convertible, you mean topless.....im having mech engineer nighmares about a convertible linkage at just the mention of it.....
     
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    my advise would be too have a cage and tie in the w/s frame too that...
     
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    I dont care who you are...This is bitchin!
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    Awesome flex!:haha:
     
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    speed bumps:doah:
     

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