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HardTop Removal - !!! PULLEYS FROM HELL v.2 !!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. Greg72

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

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    For those of you who remember this post from back in March, I have re-engineered the pulley removal system for my K5. The completed photos are in a webshots album here:

    http://community.webshots.com/user/gblanchette72

    Obviously, this is not the time of year to be removing the top, but I needed to get the top back ON, and decided to fix the pulley system while I was at it. Now in the spring I can literally remove the top in about 30 minutes.

    I can post other specific details about how it works, but I think that the photos will tell most of the story themselves.

    I hope this is helpful to some of you, and encourages you to try your own K5 "topless" next year if you haven't already!

    [​IMG] ENJOY! [​IMG]

    -Greg72
     
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    clicky no worky
     
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    try this one
    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/gblanchette72>Greg's Pully Pics</a>

    Your setup looks sweet! I really like that idea. I've been thinking about something similar, but now you really have me thinking!

    Thomas.

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    the tough go 1-Ton [​IMG]
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Some good engineering you got there....Only if I had a taller garage to fit my Blazer.

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    forget the pullys how about that shop! you have no idea what i would give for a garage. oh yeah that set up is really shweeet!
     
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    That's a nice setup, but 30 minutes is really too long. You should be using a cordless drill to remove all of the hardtop bolts. I crank mine up with 4 ratchet straps to 4 eyelets in the ceiling, which should take a little more time than your method, and it almost never takes over 15 minutes.

    Now reinstallation is a little more time consuming because you have to get all of the captured nuts lined up again.

    Nice job on that setup.

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    Nice work Greg! The pulley system looks great and the speaker system looks very nice!
    Thanks for the pics!

    Michael[​IMG]
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  10. Greg72

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

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    Blue85,

    Don't forget, I also have to remove all the interior custom trim pieces before I can even GET to the bolts!!!!

    I know you're just "razzing" me.....so I'm giving a little back [​IMG]

    -Greg72
     
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    Hell it only takes about 8-10 minutes for me and my bud to take mine off/ on , but that's a half-top though

    ~~'84 K5~~
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    WOW! some Deluxe work! Wished you lived my way. I'd pay you to help me fit a system in my 70 Burb when I get to that point in the build up.

    Women dig dents and flat paint!
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    Great job, I might have to do some reengineering of my basic system.

    Mike
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  14. Greg72

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

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    Grim,

    Thanks for the kind words...

    Hey just drive that 'Burban over next June.....I'll get the system all set up and we can take it to BlazerFest 2002 in Hollister!! [​IMG]

    Then......if you drive REAL slow on your way back home, you can hit the K5 MOAB gathering in late August too....!!!

    Not a bad deal if you ask me....!!!

    -Greg72
     
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    Uhhhhh Atlanta to Cali? Uhhhhh NO! hehe. WHo knows maybe one day. My hope is to make this truck the new family cruiser. Looks like we will be a 2 K5 family still Lady is very attached to here 79 and couldn't part with it for a 4 door (and we couldn't agree on SUV or Car) so her trade off was "If we keep my K5 can we get new carpet for the house?" SURE! hehe. So this weekend I'm going to pick up a rust free NEW tailgate for her truck. So Now I need to build out her system. We were tunning some Bazokaa tubes in it but they got wet and blew. So now I need to put Woofers back in it to put that Fosgate in the truck to some good use.
    But the Burb is a real project. it will be a year before I'm even looking at system.
    Hay how much would you charge to make a set of those floor boxes for the tweeters?

    Women dig dents and flat paint!
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    <font color=purple> Do me a favor ........... go out in the garage and spill some oil or something ! I thought my garage was clean !

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

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    Riz,

    Maybe a pack of wild monkeys could just get in the shop and "Throw Some Poo" around....!!! [​IMG]

    It's a constant battle to keep the shop clean...especially with the woodworking that goes on there. I don't have a dust collection system, so the subwoofer cabinets and stereo install had me wading through piles of sawdust for weeks! Plus MDF sawdust is SLIPPERY.....very dangerous.

    I am looking forward to more "Greasy Type" work in the near future.....Shack flip, 14-Bolt swap, Greasable bushings.....etc. If I get a good greasy mess going maybe I'll post a pic for ya!

    -Greg72
     
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    Very nice setup! That speaker setup has got me thinking... Another project to add to the list! [​IMG]

    Why do people keep calling it a Bronco!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  19. Greg72

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

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    Riz,

    You were complaining than my garage was TOO clean and that I should make a greasy mess in there.


    I am a man of my word....it's not a HUGE mess, but it's best I've been able to do so far! I posted a "messy pic" from the recent ORD bushing installation for you. Click the link below and go to the last photo in the album. [​IMG]



    -Greg72

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    Very well done, nice work!!

    Ratch
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