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Hardtop removal.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jhellwig, May 7, 2005.

  1. jhellwig

    jhellwig 1/2 ton status

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    I am trying to remove the hardtop on my 83 but ran into 2 bolts that only want to spin. I look at the underside of where they bolt and only see a rectangular piece that holds the nut.

    Is there a way to stop the nut from spinning without removing the cap to put vics grips on the nut? It appears that that might just be my only solution.
     
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    If you have taken the interior out to see the nuts moving you could squeeze the box that is supposed to hold the nuts with some vise grips.
    Or you could drill though the holder into the nut then tap a the hole and hold it with a bolt.
    Myself, I used a welder. Nice thing about working from the underside is that the welder doesn't burn the paint on the bed rails.

    Now If you break the nuts off inside the roof of the truck you will have a ltill more work to contend with.
     
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    did you remove the side panels to look at them?
     
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    DIE GRINDER !!!![/SIZE]Cut the heads off those bolts, take the top off, and then drill them out. :D
     
  5. jhellwig

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    I think I might go with one of trailblazers I ideas. I didn't figure that the nut inside would be that big.


    I did pull the inside panel partialy off. Just enough to take a peak at what I was dealing with. I haven't torn into it much yet.


    As far a cutting the bolt off, I'll save that as a last resort.




    I would also like to ask where I could get a softtop and do I need a roll bar for one of those?
     
  6. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    The vise grip works. i also have two like that...

    Rene
     

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