Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Hard Top Hell

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Zebomalenkno, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Zebomalenkno

    Zebomalenkno Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2001
    Posts:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    I got my first k-5 last week and ever since i have been thinking of taking the top off. Everyone i talk to says that it is virtualy impossible to get the thing back on and not have it leak. It there a way to weather proof it when i put it back on? Help me
     
  2. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2001
    Posts:
    3,556
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
    Only if the seals are pretty trashed will it leak normally - besides that, it probably needs a new cab seal anyway. Gives you a good excuse to go ahead and change it[​IMG]

    Dos mas Tecates!!!
    <a target="_blank" href=http://pugsley.alloffroad.com>pugsley.alloffroad.com</a>
     
  3. BowtieBlazer

    BowtieBlazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2001
    Posts:
    2,462
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    I heard the same thing....

    I've taken mine off since i have had it for the past month over twenty times....and believe me down here in south louisiana we get them big ol' drops of rain....and its yet to leak yet even when its not bolted on

    If you do get new seals for it you can extend the life of the seals by putting a coat of petroleum jelly on them about once a month

    1985 GMC C-10 Shortbed
    1984 Chevy K-5 Blazer
    1982 Chevy C-10 Longbed
     
  4. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    15,552
    Likes Received:
    136
    Location:
    Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
    You haven't filled out your profile yet(better do it soon[​IMG]),but if you live in a warm climate, you should consider ditching the hard top and running a soft top like the CanBack.........

    Man, if I lived somewhere warmer that hard top would become a workbench in my garage[​IMG]!!!!!



    <font color=red>PHOTO ALBUM-</font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumList?u=1289798>http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumList?u=1289798</a>.......<font color=blue>TRUCK & HIKING PICS</font color=blue>
     
  5. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2000
    Posts:
    9,206
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    abcde
    I've taken mine off lots-o-times and have yet to have it leak

    ~~'84 K5~~
    Check it out at:

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.k5.rockcrawler.com>www.k5.rockcrawler.com</a>
     
  6. Blazer79

    Blazer79 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    1,816
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Guatemala, Central America
    The first time I removed my top, it was 20 years old. Seals are still good and no leaks. You should try it.

    <font color=purple>//////
    <a target="_blank" href=http://blazer79.freeyellow.com>blazer79.freeyellow.com</a></font color=purple><font color=black>
    Soon a 454 K5!!</font color=black>
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Seventy4Blazer

    Seventy4Blazer 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2001
    Posts:
    5,634
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Escondido, CA
    if it needs new seals it will leak, they are not cheap but a layer of matching color RTV will take care of it if they are not to bad. also if they are real nice you can put a bit of vasaline on it to make it seal a bit better. make sure that the fiberglass has a nice coat of paint on it where the jelly touches if you do it that way though.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  8. Jonathan

    Jonathan 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2001
    Posts:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    I've had mine off lots of times and never done anything to the seals. I only use six bolts on my top now and its never leaked, just tighten the front cab bolts first.

    77 Blazer, 350, NP203, K&N, 31-inch Cooper Discoverers
    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/jonathandwill>http://community.webshots.com/user/jonathandwill</a>
     
  9. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    May 11, 2000
    Posts:
    2,290
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tucson Az
    After I removed the bolts from my top I sprayed the seals with 409 (kitchen stuff) and gave it a few minutes. The top came right off. Don't forget the two bolts underneath the rail near the back!

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  10. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

    Joined:
    May 31, 2000
    Posts:
    10,384
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Georgetown, TX
    When I've had tops off of my K5's in the past, I've always cleaned and waxed the sealing surfaces on the body before reinstalling the top. I also clean the weatherstrips and put some weatherstrip dressing or Armor All on them. This makes sure that there's no dirt, grass, leaves etc. that can get trapped between the body and weatherstrip and cause a leak. In 20 years of driving K5's I've never had a leak around the top. [​IMG]

    <font color=black>HarryH3 - '75 K5</font color=black>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.angelfire.com/super/ThunderTruck>www.angelfire.com/super/ThunderTruck</a>
    It's a great day to be alive...
     
  11. Blue85

    Blue85 Troll Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2000
    Posts:
    9,073
    Likes Received:
    486
    Location:
    Grand Rapids area
    My 85's top was first removed (I'm pretty sure) in 2000. At first it would hardly budge since it had been cooked on for years. But with my shoulders on the underside of the roof and feet planted on the bed bottom, I was able to apply a couple hundred lbs of force to the roof and finally it started to snap and pop loose in different places. Since then I've had it off several times without doing anything special to the original seals except cleaning and waxing the bed rails (they looked hideous) and I have not found a drop leaking anywhere since.

    I heard those "never seal again" rumors too, but I think that they are just an old wives tale (except that there are probably not too many old wives who sit around talking about blazers...). Maybe they were started by Bronco owners or maybe they go back to the original full convertible top Blazers, but the setup on the late 70's/80's Blazers is pretty good: a compressible rubber seal compressed all around by several bolts between two rigid surfaces.

    <font color=green>If a K-5 is "Built not Bought", why does this stuff cost me so much money? [​IMG] </font color=green>
     
  12. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2000
    Posts:
    26,979
    Likes Received:
    189
    Location:
    Roy WA
    As well, there is a specific tightening sequence for the tops, once removed, that MAY help make sure it is reinstalled correctly. Believe that is in the GM service manuals, although it may also be in the owners manual.


    Dorian
    My tech/links page: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.dorianyeager.com/index2.html>http://www.dorianyeager.com/index2.html</a>
    No anti-theft measures on your truck? No pity when its stolen
     
  13. White Knight

    White Knight 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ft Worth,Texas
    Another suggestion would be to give the seals a good coating of Silicone, and in the back on the top of the rails are two pins facing up take 'em out and the top will slide on and off much easier!

    White Knight
     
  14. MaxCrack

    MaxCrack 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2001
    Posts:
    895
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mt View, CA
    Mine has leaked since I got it so I have no problem with taking it off.



    Good things come in small packages. Good things come to those who wait. So, if you're waiting for a small package, that must *really* be sweet.
     

Share This Page