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Hard Top Question

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bassplayer4x4, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. bassplayer4x4

    bassplayer4x4 Registered Member

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    Just got my new (Ok new to me) 72 Blazer, I didn't look closely when I was buying it, but I notice that the hard top must be bolted from the bottom up, not the top down like others I have seen. This top also seems to be thicker or insultated. Does anyone know if they made two kinds of tops? I would really rather have the other style with the top down bolts so that I can put panels on the walls of my bed and still get the top on and off easily. Any ideas?
     
  2. Dieselmh

    Dieselmh 1/2 ton status

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    Yes, they made two styles, single wall and double wall. Sounds like you've got a double wall, which I think most people want. If you really don't want it, you could probably trade it for a single wall, or sell it and buy a single wall top.

    Diesel

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    actually the more desirable ones are the single walltop. since the bolt in from the top down. i've seen single wall tops for twice as much as the double.

    ARQ.

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  4. Dieselmh

    Dieselmh 1/2 ton status

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    My bad, I run topless, so I don't know much about the hard tops. At least I was right about him having a double wall.

    Diesel

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  5. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yes....there's two styles.....the OTHER giveaway, is that the singlewall tops have two dome lights on the driver's side. I've never seen a doublewall top with dome lights.

    FWIW -&gt; Double wall tops are not hard to find, and should not be expensive to buy if that's what you want. Singlewall tops are harder to find, more desireable, and more expensive.

    I know a local shop that is asking between $1000 and $1500 for a singlewall top......and that's when he can actually FIND one to sell.....



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
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  6. bassplayer4x4

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    Thanks, Greg

    this poses a problem with my sidewalls for my speakers, having to take them down to take off the top totally blows, and to this date no one has been able to tell me how to install a soft top over a roll bar. So I was just going to go with a hard top and bikini over a roll bar. Now I gotta find someone to trade or sell and buy a singlewall, any suggestions?
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    BassPlayer,

    HA HA [​IMG].....well it sounds like you're playing me a recording of what I used to complain about....!!!

    I was in the same place....I had the stereo all installed. Nice trim panels made, and then realized that every time I wanted the top ON or OFF, I had to take everything apart to get the stupid bolts out!!!! [​IMG]

    All I can tell you is be patient and keep asking around. I know that there was a singlewall in Kansas, or someplace that a CK5er was trying to get rid of.....nowhere near me, but I don't know where you live. There's always a chance you'll find someone who has a singlewall top that they've taken off for a softtop and will NEVER want to put it back on.

    I got VERY lucky and found someone locally that just wanted theirs GONE.....so I got it cheap. It needs fiberglass work (they ALL do, it seems.....) but now I can pull the top without dismantling my side panels.

    Single Wall tops are kinda like junkyard Dana 60's.....everyone wants to find one for a good price.....but it's one of those things that may take a long time to find....



    -Greg72

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  8. bassplayer4x4

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    any ideas on the softtop and a roll bar? I would really rather do that, I want the top down more often than not, this blazer does'nt have AC, but I want shoulder belts for the rear seat and the safety of a roll bar (simple one like on a jeep, not a cage, that the softtop will still cover. Haven't seen any posts on making those things work together. Any ideas?
     
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    My truck has a soft top and a roll bar. I don't think the soft tops work with a full cage though since they have the bows that fold down. I don't have any issues with the roll bar interfering with the soft top. I have a photo of the inside posted at the link below. <a target="_blank" href=http://www.imageink.com/other_gallery/chris_truck/bouncytruck.html>http://www.imageink.com/other_gallery/chris_truck/bouncytruck.html</a>

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's & 6" Lift
     
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    I have some pictures I can e-mail you if you like of what my soft-top looks like over my 6 point roll cage.

    Chris M

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    Does your top still go down OK? Can you post the photos on your site? I guess I was thinking of more of a cage that goes all the way back so the back seat is protected too.

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's &amp; 6" Lift<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by bouncytruck on 02/21/02 04:56 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    I can't figure out how to add new pics on that damn site so all I can do is e-mail jpegs.

    Chris M

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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    If all you want is a simple "hoop" rollbar....or maybe a 4-point at most.....maybe it would just be easier (and cheaper!) to buy a softtop you like, and then have the cage custom-made to work underneath it.

    I can't imagine getting a simple cage made would be that expensive......and should certainly be cheaper that going the opposite direction and having a full-custom-made softtop to cover an "off the shelf" rollcage!!!! [​IMG]

    It's uncharted territory for me, since I just pull the hardtop in the summer and normallly don't even bother with any sort of top at all.........




    -Greg72

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    Send them to me and I'll post them on my site. chrism@imageink.com

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's & 6" Lift
     
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    Here's a link to photos of Posted by ChrisM72beast's truck with the soft top.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.imageink.com/other_gallery/chris_truck/ChrisM72beast.html>http://www.imageink.com/other_gallery/chris_truck/ChrisM72beast.html</a>

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's & 6" Lift
     
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    Greg,

    during the summer do you not have worries of security? w/ the top off?



    Like em big and topless
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    Don't forget if you switch to a single wall top you will have to weld in the nut plates under the lip. Otherwise you will have to use nuts and bolts and still have to remove the side panels to get to them.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Les,

    YES..... [​IMG]





    1st Gen K5's are VERY easy to steal.....so I've still got some more "electronics" to install!!!!



    -Greg72

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    Hunting dog. Nobody messes with a Blazer that has a crazed hunting dog in it, especially if there' a bird or two in the truck.
     
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    Thanks, that is just exactly what I am going to do, I ordered my top on Thursday, should be here in about two weeks, once that is installed, then I will have the roll bar built, I like what Chris did on his green blazer that is the style I am looking for, I will try to document it all and put it up for everyone. Thanks for your input and help, sorry to ask so many ???'s

    With a soft top that basically gives me all summer to find a single wall hard top and make some repairs to the double wall I have now to sell it.

    Thanks again,

    PHillip


    But honey its cheaper than car payments!!

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