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OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here UPDATED. PICS

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cybrfire, May 27, 2004.

  1. cybrfire

    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Just a little shorter than it used to be but now I can narrow the tail and still be weather tight which was always a must for my project.

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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    how do ypu plan to narrow the rear?? like this | | or \ /? looks like you cut the top to fit | |..
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    it will be narrowed like this \ / but it will start behind the shortened top and wall that I've yet to build. If only I lived in warmer climates I could have skipped alot of this. Basically I wanted to be able to wheel it in the winter yet and take the kids along so 4 seats inside was a must as well.
     
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    ahh i see, cool idea!!
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    I don't forsee any major snags. It won't narrow as far though considering I have a shorter span to do the narrowing but I think it should still go as far as the front or close.
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    Will you make a wall so it goes all the way to the floor at the back? Looks like a good idea /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    Yeah, there will be a wall that basically would simulate what the tail gate used to be. Probably inch tube frame with 18 ga. on each side with some sound deadening inside. I think I will use plexi or lexan for the rear window. It won't go up and down anymore but don't really need it to. Top is light enough now I can remove it by myself so I won't have to dread removing it and then putting it back.
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    Looks familiar
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    My narrowing behind my half cab on my old K5. Ugh once you cut you just can't stop.... Been getting tempted to narrow the new one, and I haven't even trimmed the fenders yet. The only thing is, I wasn't planning on running a sealed up top with the narrowed rear, how do you plan on running your cage through the top? or are you not going to run bars down to the back?
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    There will be bars in the back probably like door bars except going backwards from the main hoop. then x braced in front of the rear wall. Then some tubes will go through the back wall as high as possible yet still under the window and turn down to the frame. This is where my radiator will sit inbetween and under these bars and the spare will be on top of the cage bolted down. Started fabbing the rear wall today. It's a little more complicated trying to keep the top removable. I think when the top comes off the glass will come out with it. If you wanted to just remove the glass/lexan I will have to remove the top or at least take it loose and slide the window out of its track.
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    In the winter when me and my dad were going to weld a piece in to strengthen the rear by the tailgate, we made a wall thing out of plywood, and used a spare furd rear window on it. So it basically would have looked like a short box if the plywood was painted to match. It didn't keep water out though /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif

    Your idea seems very interesting, make sure to post pics of the process /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    OK, here some progress photos.

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    Needs some weather stripping yet.

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    Should be able to get the wall skinned out and sealed up tomorrow. Then I can figure out the window. Thinking about some kind of flush mount setup. Haven't really made up my mind yet.
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    That is so beautiful
     
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    nice work, bro!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    Thanks. Took alot longer to do the top than I had anticipated. Body work sucks. Once the wall is skinned I can start the rear narrowing. Won't be long now /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    man your K5 is AWSOME!! I love the look of that truck!
     
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    I saw one done similar to yours but the guy modified the old tailgate with the power window for the bulkhead. It did not look like much more work than where you are at now and he was able to have the rear window up or down using stock parts. His bulk head was a little closer to the original cab?? The top you have made looks great!!
     
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    I had considered doing that with the tail gate but one of my main goals is dumping weight and that tailgate just has to go. /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif
     
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    How small are your kids? The back seat in Wimpy is half way back the bed? I guess I'm askin where are ya puttin the back seat?

    By the way, that's some excellent fab work you're doin. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif Wish I had the time and money at the same time to do stuff like that.

    Good luck to y'all in the future.

    Allan
     
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    The back seat will be two seperate seats facing the center of the truck for leg room. I have roughly 28" of space between the back of the front seats and the rear wall. I have some really slick seat brackets located. The seat automatically springs back up when not in use. They also come with their own seat belt installed so they should work nicely. When the kids aren't in the back they are up out of the way.
     
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    Re: OK, alot of work to keep it weather tight but here is a peice. PICS

    nice mower shed
     

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