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How to shorten hardtop? Cybrfire

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BozoWise, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. BozoWise

    BozoWise 1/2 ton status

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    Can anyone provide a writeup or how to on how they shortened there hardtop. I really like the look on Cybrfires with the narrow.

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    I would think .. cutting, and lots -n- lots of fiberglass work.

    Or, you could get a "sleeper" and tie it in. :dunno:

    Depends on what you want to end up with as far as a top goes.
     
  3. cybrfire

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    I basically decided how much top I wanted to end up with, Basically room for a second seat.

    Then I cut the center section out leaving enough on the ends to reattach together to come up with the right length of top.

    Once cut, I had to cut the rear portion in half the other direction to make it fit the bed rails.

    Now take all three pieces and grind them hard, not just scuff but Grind. Make the edges ugly and lower than the rest of the top, kinda like "v-ing" for a weld. I also drilled a bunch of 1/4" holes near the edge to give the new glass something to grab hold of.

    I used aluminum strips screwed to the top to set the edges level with each other and hold things in place.

    Glass as much as you can without covering the aluminum strips and let that set.

    Remove the aluminum strips and finish glassing.

    Now, since I made the edges lower by grinding I was able to go back and smooth them off without removing all the glass.

    Also glass the inside and whatever window hole you have left.
     
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    Thanks bud that is what I needed to know. I wasn't sure if you just cut it once from drivers side to passenger or twice. That might be on my upcoming list of projects.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks for the info, Kert. I'm looking at doing that as well, only I plan to do mine longer. I need more room for the dog and/or a passenger. It'll be wierd with a pickup but I can make it work


    Mike
     
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    I do have a fair amount of pictures of the process as well. If you'd like to see them I could email them.
     
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    :hack: :hack: :hack:

    looks good, Are you still going to beable to remove it?
     
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    oh Kert, You need to chrome plate that hugh diy4x plate, some serious bling :pimp: :pimp:
     
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    That would be awesome!!

    mikenospam@redlineenterprises.com

    remove the 'nospam'

    Thanks
     
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    That's the sign that hangs in the front window of my shop. Chrome would be acceptable there wouldn't it??

    Yep, the top is still removable. I'll probably be ditching it sometime early next year and having a canvas top made.
     
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    I will dig up the picture CD and get some emailing done tonight. :wink1:
     
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    Did you have that thing in a parade or something Kert? Looks like a great way to promote the business, if us Iowa guys ever have all our trucks running at the same time, itll be one helluva good time.
     
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    Yep, in the town parade last month. Next year I may have to put the bus in the parade! :haha:
     
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    hell i woulda put it in this year :bow:
     
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    I strated on mine today. I am going to attempt to narrow mine from the top back. I only sectioned mine in one spot. It bolts up with 3 of the factory bolts.

    Instead of double posting I will put the writeup in my buidup post linked in my signature along with more pictures in my photo album.

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    I like it...I bet you could even get a glass shop to cut you a window if you can get the channel close enough. That would be P.I.M.P. :D
     
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    I think I am going to do a metal frame with racing nets. No need for glass since I will be running DIY tube doors.

    I am huffing fiberglass resin as we speak :rolleyes:
     
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    I had the cd out just the other day with the photos. Still looking for it.

    :doah:
     
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    too bad you're not closer Mike, i've got a sleeper cab that came off of my C20. that might be a better start for you than a K5 top would be.
     

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