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loose joints on my top

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beater74, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. beater74

    beater74 1/2 ton status

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    the top on my 74 K5 has some loose joints, mainly the rear seams at the rear window. also one of the nuts inside the top where you bolt on one of the three the coonectors up front has come loose inside inside the top. does anybody have this problem and can it be fixed
     
  2. Michael

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    I have a '74 also with a top that sounds just like yours. I've talked to a couple of body shops and such wthout much luck. They make some really trick adhesives(like epoxies) these days that might work well. I'm afraid that reglassing the area would just crack again. I don't know what to do about the loose nut in the front...mine are all good. Ya might have to make a hole beside it to fish it out, the re-attach it...then glass up the hole. Most parts stores have small fiberglass kits. Just looked at mine...looks like the nut is welded( or somehow stuck) onto a plate that is pop-rivited into place. Let me know if you come up with something.

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  3. brentferro

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    I had the same nut problem on my 75. I just threaded a bolt into the nut, squirted epoxy in the hole around the nut, then backed the bolt out when I had the nut where I wanted it. Let it dry. I did this three years ago and have had no problems. Take the top off all the time too. I don't know what to say about the loose joints. Good luck.
     
  4. 502Burban

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    A buddy of mine has a '75 Jimmy that had a similar problem. He just built-up the area from the inside with some fiberglass patchwork and it stiffened things right up. Might be worth a try to get one of those patch kits. Nice thing is you can always sand it down and try again if it doesn't work right the first time. Be sure to cover up and wear mask/respirator & goggles, though. Not good for the lungs or eyes, and itches like crazy.

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  5. HarryH3

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    Most body shops don't have a clue about fiberglass repair. Drop by a boat shop and ask them about it. Those guys fix fiberglass all the time. [​IMG]

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  6. fourdays

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    My 73 also had loose and broken seams. I took the top off, mounted it to saw horses(make sure bolt holes are right distance apart) and ground down all of the seams about six inches from seam. I then used fiberglass resin and matting to build the area back up and made it seamless. It was really easy(messy job) and if you mess up it is easy to fix. I sanded the whole top down afterward and it is now seamless. I then shot it with some rocker panel chip guard and then painted it. It has been put through the twisters a few times and no cracks have shown up. The hardest part was getting the lines straight around the rear window area. Good luck on your job.
     
  7. Zepplin

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    I'm selling my top from my 74. Its white, in great condition with tinted windows. I'm in Michigan though.

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