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I made my own soft top for 35 bucks!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mpascino, Jul 8, 2001.

  1. mpascino

    mpascino 1/2 ton status

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    I had the top off my truck for the holiday weekend, had a bunch of buddys over so getting it off wasn't a big deal. Heard that it would be raining all day today so I had to act fast. I went to home depot and bought a heavy canvas tarp that they carry, 8 x 10($25). They also sell the snaps that are used for soft tops in the tool area($10). After a little bit of work , mounting the snaps and cutting the tarp to fit it looks Awesome. It slopes down from the top of the truck to the top of the tailgate. I folded edges over so you don't see where it was cut. It's been raining all morning and no leaks. I will try to post a pic tommorrow. Looks like my top is staying off all summer!!

    You call that dirty!?
     
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    Were you at bald hill friday night?? I saw a beefy lookin' topless K5 parked next to a stocker in the parking lot. I vaguely remember you saying you lived around there too.

    I was going to go over to say hi to the fellow K5ers, but wife wanted to just hang out by ourselves.
    Was that you?

    Got any pictures of the top?

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  3. JoeAngelicchio

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    Make me one too.[​IMG]. Can't wait to see the pics.

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  4. CaptCrunch

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    I definetely want to see this... I have been considering the same thing... pics would be sweet!

    -Mikey
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  5. Jonathan

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    I guess you had to drill for the snaps, or do they make some that glue on. I have thinking about doing the same thing but thought you had to waterproof the canvas yourself.

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    Bring on the pics! [​IMG]

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    I have done something simular. I have a 75 and bent some conduit as frame to make a Long Bikini. I don't worry about sides just keeping the rain off the passengers. I run nothing but seats so nothing to get hurt by the water.
    I have found some problems. You get in a real hard driving rain even with a "water proof" canvas you going to get a good misting inside. It's bad enough that since I wear glasses I have to put on a ball cap so my glasses don't to misted. I also have run into an issue with the snaps starting to pull through. If you don't make a tripple or quadrupal fold where the snaps go this will happen. Took about 2 years with a double. Also I think that next go a round I will fold a peice of 1/4 rope in the edge to help reinforce the edge. This year I also dumped the conduit hoops since I made a full roll cage over the winter it does fine to suport the top.
    Now In the new Northern catalog they have a Condura tarp with a coating that I'm looking at to make my next one to see if it will cure my mist problem.
    There are some pictures on my site.

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  8. mpascino

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    Newyorking, No sorry to say it was not me, I was stuck working friday night. Were you up there to see the sights or was there another car show I missed? Still working on the pics guys.

    You call that dirty!?
     
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    hey guys, try using tonnue cover material if you dont ever want any leaks. we also sell grommets at home depot, remember its only a good hardware store if its orange.
     
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    No car show, some kind of opera concert or something, but a nice big fireworks show at around 11. or 10, or 10:30, every cop we asked had a different time... It was a nice tailgating time, though.


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    <font color=purple> Pics a.s.a.p. ...it sounds real cool if it looks good I'd be thinking of doing the same.

    L8r,
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    With your pics, I'll probably cut the old hard top and mount the snaps to it. Can't wait for the pics.
     
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    What size tarp did you use?

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    Thanks Grimmy. That was some quality information. You've about got me convinced to do something simular for the summers.

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    I didnt know you worked at a Depot.........

    Im a part time millwork associate at store # 4134 in bensalem PA!!!!

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    Email me some pics. I just have a smaller version of that same tarp that I bolt into the holes that the hard top uses. I have not driven with it but it works in the driveway. What did you do for windows? I have heard of someone using Jeep soft top windows and attaching to the tarp. I think I might try that. anyway, love to see pics.
     
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    Hey Grim I made my bikini top out of marine vinyl and it does pretty good in the rain.
    CB

    1973 K5, 400TPI,TH350, 203/205, Dana60/Detroit/5.38 front and rear, 4" lift, 38" TSL's on steel wheels
     
  18. WakeBoard&4X4er

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    Have you had any problems with leaks so far? Just asking beacuse i think i am going to do the same thing but with a fram. What kind of canvas did you buy? have you had any HARD RAIN. we get some real Heave rain here in Kansas. Just any info you have would help alot.
     
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    Well, this is just my opinion dont take it harshly, but I think anyone that expects a soft top to be leak proof has lost thier mind.
    I personally just want something that will keep the majority of the rain out. The cab part is the most important and that part is pretty much covered. So if we can keep the rain from blowing in in big swells then the worst your gonna have is a litte puddle here and there. But for those of you with nice pretty carpet, your probably gonna need to get one of those big money ones.
    But if you get a good water-resistant canvas then coat this $hit out of it with some flexable water barrier chemical of some sort it should hold most of the water back. then Soon as it stops raining take the top off and hang it up to let the water run off and dry.
    Again, this is just my 2 dual a$$ tarnished pennies. Dont spend them all in one place.

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  20. chevy4x4

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    top...i'm waiting for pics

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