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Need pics "closeups" of Full Convertible

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, Jul 4, 2001.

  1. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    I'm going to cut the top off my 76 Blazer..
    Here is what I need and I hope someone out there can help.
    I need picture's "Closeups" of the truck w/ the top off..
    Area's I need pics of...
    Top windshield
    Door (is that cut straight across from the window felt edge?)
    Rear Pillar...
    And top of door pillar..
    If anyone can help.. I really appreciate that..
    I want to do my research prior to cutting..
    Thanks in Advance..


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  2. yeild2me

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    man, i took pics with a regular camera and have no way of posting them, but i can tell you this:

    across the roof-3" behind the windshield sheild, straight across.

    doors- depends on what (if any) kind of top you are going to run.

    body-cut straight across (which is what i did) but a better way would be to cut it 1/4" lower, then weld in a 1/4 plate in that spot to bring it level. i cut it level, then welded sheet metal off of the cab, then finished it with filler for a smooth look, but the metal rods for my soft top flexes and its starting to chip the filler away. i am going to re-cut it and use the 1/4 plate for support.

    tools i used-18v dewalt sawzall with 4 and 9 inch blades
    4" angle gringer

    good luck, and check out MTpockets home page for pics of his. that is who i bought the top and stuff from and used his truck as a reference.
    good luck, this really isnt that hard to do, and i love the full top look!!!!

    rob

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  3. sluggo45acp

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Just got a digital camera. Tommorow at work ill take a bunch of pictures of my 75. Then if I can figure out how to post them I will.
    Happy Wheelin
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  4. surg82k5

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Charles, on my blazer the windshield frame and the doors are off of a 74. When you do this you just have to cut off the whole top including the windshield then graft on the new windshield. I will see if i can get some pics, or hopefully my blazer up here pretty soon. when do you intend on doing the work? let me know.
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  5. seattlek5

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    I'm with Surg82k5, I would get the doors and window frame from a '73-'75, remove the glass and graft it on. That's what I have planned for my '79. I've seen several here in the Seattle area for $200-300 for a top and frame. You can get new bare doors for under $100 and swap your parts in. I think that's the easiest way to get a clean finished look. Good luck and take lots of pictures for us as you go.
     
  6. tRustyK5

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Where have you found new doors for a 73 to 75 for $100?

    Rene

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  7. MTPockets

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    Re: Need pics "closeups" of Full Convertible

    pics posted on the site below.
    depending on the top you plan on using, if any, will depend on how you go about this.
    for softop or no top; first thing i did was cut the doors to fit the caps(available from lmctruck). the door b-pillar is even with the felt channel. the door a-pillar cut is just aft of the vent window frame(this one is a tricky cut). these caps are for asthetics only, if you dont mind then save yourself some time and money, leave them out.
    close the doors and cut the roof line straight across from vent window frames. cut the body b-pillar even with the rest of the bed rail. tip: i used 1" square tube to fill in windshield header. strong fix.
    IMPORTANT: must reinforce the floorboard to prevent the body from sagging. cage or extra metal works.
    good luck,
    MTPockets

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  8. rocko

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    According to Grim-Reaper.. I'm not going to hold him to this.. but he stated that the 76's have the rocker boxes.. and with the truck being a Trailering Special.. it should already be re-inforced..
    We'll see.. I've located a top off a 75 Blazer.. The truck is shot.. but the top is good.. I might see if he'll sell me some other parts off it..
    Thanks Guys.. MTPockets.. great site..and pictures..
    That'll really come in handy...
    If anyone has other pics.. "closeup's".. I could really use them before I chop away...
    Thanks in advance..

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    According to Grim-Reaper.. I'm not going to hold him to this.. but he stated that the 76's have the rocker boxes.. and with the truck being a Trailering Special.. it should already be re-inforced..
    We'll see.. I've located a top off a 75 Blazer.. The truck is shot.. but the top is good.. I might see if he'll sell me some other parts off it..
    Thanks Guys.. MTPockets.. great site..and pictures..
    That'll really come in handy...
    If anyone has other pics.. "closeup's".. I could really use them before I chop away...
    Thanks in advance..

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Back to the top.. Thanks...
    Just a refresher.. I need your pictures.. [​IMG]

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    Re: Need pics "closeups" of Full Convertible

    Yeah every 76 I have run accross in the Junk Yard has the rocker boxes. The floor didn't change till 78 and I have seen at least three 76's with the boxes. Get under there and look and be sure but if they are there then your set. Now on a side note. Even with the boxes and minimal rust there is still a lot of body flex. If you plan to wheel it hard I would still recomend a full cage to stiffen the body up. Made a HUGE difference in mine. Just not as critical as the newer trucks that don't have the extra bracing in the floor.
    There is a few pictures on my site that might help but no close ups. I'll dig through the pictures I have and if I have any good shots of the stuff your looking for I'll put them on my site.
    The real booger if you plan to run a hard top is the windsheild header. There is a funky double seal in there and the blind nuts for the top. Really if you do it the best way would be to get the header off another truck and weld it on. And GET THE SEALS! If you have to buy the 2 header seals, The filler peices and the 2 seals around the window on the top your talking $400.
    If your just going to put a soft top on it...screw it...do it like MTpockets did. Soft top doesn't need that seal. I'm Seriously thinking of ditching the hard top. I't nice in the winter but the winters around here are not that bad anyway. Once you go topless you will no longer like the hard top [​IMG]

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Thanks Grim..
    Really Appreciate your input...
    I do have a lead on a 74 Blazer.. complete.. but rusted all to hell...I was just going to buy it for the top.. but might as well get the windsheild frame..
    I'm going to try and work a deal out with the guy today.. see if he'll take one of my small blocks here for trade..
    I'll have a nice parts truck that'll I'll have to get rid of yet again.. lol..
    Thanks in advance..


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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    how about if I'm adding a 6 point cage, will I need the rocker boxes? I'm going to cut the top on my '79, a non rockerbox equiped truck. What exactly are the boxes and where do I need to add metal to reinforce the body when I do mine?

    Thanks
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    Now.. speaking of Cages.. anyone in the Texas area.. can you make me one to buy? [​IMG]

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    What a rocker box is on the convertables there is a metal pan that ties in just before vertical on the floot at the front and wraps under the botom and ties the bottom of the outer rockers to the inner rail that runs next to the frame then ties into the floor of the bed. The floor in your 79 is different. Probably can do it but what would be better and easier is a full cage that ties into the windsheild frame. What happens is the body will flex between the doors. MTpockets had that problem. His doors were jamming into the bed. By tying into the windsheild header with the bar you adding back the strength the truck lost when you cut the top. Also all the flex will strt twisting on the doors and created stree fractures areound the door hinge. I have had to weld up both my doors on my 75 from this when the floor and rocker boxes rusted out and the structure became weak.
    Yeildtome just cut the roof on his 90 and had a cage built...hopefully he has some pictures.

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    rocko....maybe...i think mine's a one off though with borrowed equipment, that may not go over so well. We'll see how mine goes in any case.

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Bryan, if I ever get by you can check out my rocker boxes....I think it would be easy to do, with your access to steeel and all.
    Rocko, I borrowed a bender and now Bryan has it...if we don't get it "recalled" I'll see what we can work out. If ya don't have any luck with pics email me and I'll get ya some.

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    You can borrow my sawzall! [​IMG]

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Michael and Bryan..
    Thanks.. I'd really appreciate if you could fab a roll cage up.. I'd definately buy one... And I look forward to converting my 76 to Full-Convertible..
    I crawled around underneath my truck.. it's solid.. it has the rocker boxes.. that tie the body and the rockers together.. Poked around with a screwdriver.. and it's solid as a rock.
    I'll probably weld in some supports around the windshield frame. Unless the rollcage prevent's a collapse in case of a roll-over..
    Micheal.. could you please send me some photo's of the area's I described? I'd like to see where I'm supposed to cut.. MTPocket's gives a good idea.. just need some closeup's.. [​IMG].
    Blazerguy.. I might take you up on that Sawzall... I'm waiting to hear back from a friend of mine.. who has one.. but he's going out of town this weekend.. and I'd like to cut the top off.. since I have access to a trailer to haul some junk off.. top included..
    Let me know..
    Thanks everyone for all your help and input...
    [​IMG]

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    Re: Need pics \"closeups\" of Full Convertible

    Hey Grim, do you have any pics of what to look for on the doors? I'm startin to flex my 75 pretty good, now the lockers are in. Both boxes, floor and doors are in good shape right now. Thanks

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