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Homemade canback top! (pics)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by GEORGIA GABE, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. GEORGIA GABE

    GEORGIA GABE 1/2 ton status

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    So Ive been wanting a canback top for a while... But parting with 1000.00 is just not what I wanted to do. So $20.00 worth of metal, some canvas, and some zipties. and wala....its a top. I know some of you are thinking already... is that thing waterproof? No, not yet at least. The Fabric that I am going to make the permanent top out of is a marine version of Sunbrella. and it will be waterproof. Its just alot cheaper to work out all the kinks with a $2.00 drop cloth from home depot. Thanks for looking, tell me what you think

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  2. jekbrown

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    very nice. Before I chopped my roof off I planned on something like that.... now the plan is to stretch a bikini top over the cage. ;) good work in any case. :grin:

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  3. GEORGIA GABE

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    Im also going to build a basket to mount on top of it as well. So it is a work in progress
    gabe
     
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    Nice

    Looks like it should work well.

    Does it move around much while driving?
     
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    The bikini I made for Mine I used the Sunbrella material and it is indeed water proof. I have to make sure to loosen a strap to let it drain on days I think it will rain.
     
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    Ill tell you tomorrow. I just finished it and havent even driven the truck yet.
    gabe
     
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    :bow: Very nice looking. Hmmmm. Ideas are brewing. Nice job.
     
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    Looks great.
    How are you going to seal the canvas to the cab ???
     
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    Yea, i was wondering the same thing....
     
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    I think it looks prety cool. Looks like a nice spot to kick back under in the summer sun.

    I am wondering how it might look if you had the tarp run all the way to the to the front of the metal cab.. this might also make it easier to seal where the 2 roofs meet.
     
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    Nice job Gabe. Look forward to seeing it next month at the anniversary run.

    Hay do you do work for M&M electric trucks?
     
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    Sweeeet. :thinking: I'm been considering that for my CUCV (no A/C, you know) ... and camo tarps are easy to come by :haha:

    Did you do square tube, as opposed to round, due to lack of bender? I'd be in the same position, unless I used some really small stuff I could bend by hand :haha:

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  13. GEORGIA GABE

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    its 1 inch square tubing. It is because I dont have a bender (yet), to make the bends in the top part I just notched the tubing through 3 sides and bent it togeather and welded. I am going to add a rubber seal to the front of the top once I make it out of the sunbrella stuff. The canvas on it now is cheap so i can make adjustments to the pattern if I need to. and if I f it up it wont cost me much. the other stuff is about 15.oo a yard. Ill let ya know how it works.

    grim, what is a M&M truck?

    gabe :D
     
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    M&M Electric is a company about a mile from your shop. Hell proably not even that far. Ralph Medlock is the Owner. He my Ex Father-in-law. They are not far from the Underpass Of Clairmont.
     
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    Never mind. Just found a Obit for his wife and it indicates he has already passed. One of his sons may run the company now or it probably just folded with his passing if he didn't close it a few years before.


    Well wait yet again. I guess his son is till running it. Just found a good phone number. If you go under the Clairmont bridge from your place they are just past it.
     
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    sweet top bro! :waytogo: the world needsmore do-it-yourselfers like you ;)
     
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    how did you mount it to the bedrails? did you bolt it in or weld?
     
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    very nice, man. i was about to start a similar project before my engine crapped out on me. obviously, priorities have changed. good to know the top can be done at home and not really look like it was done at home. not made out of popsicle sticks and elbow macaroni. ha.
     
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    That looks great. :waytogo:
     
  20. GEORGIA GABE

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    There are tabs welded to the support legs. bolts run through these into the bedrails. so in total there are 4 bolts right now holding it on. it goes on and off pretty easily.
    gabe
     

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