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Soft Top

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Supergas, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. Supergas

    Supergas 1/2 ton status

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    What is the consensus of opinion on soft tops available for our vehicles?
    Kayline Fasttrack or Bestop?
    All opinions are requested as I need to determine what to buy soon.

    Thanks,

    Gene
     
  2. Triaged

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    I need to buy one soon too. I don't like the way the fastrack attaches (i don't like the way you have to bolt the rail to the bed...i want the snaps on the side kind). So that narrows it down to the snap model form kayline and the besttop but i don't like the way the kayline slopes in the rear...decisions decisions.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  3. bouncytruck

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    I have an older Kayline with snaps and you still have to unbolt the strips on the side. The snaps are in the strips, not in the body of the truck. You also need to unscrew all the snaps across the top of the windshield. The only ones you don't need to remove are the ones in the tail gate.

    It only takes a minute to put down and about 3 to put back up.

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's & 6" Lift
     
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    I want the snaps on the side so that I can still climb over the side w/o the stupid rail in the way.

    Could I just not use the rail and put the snaps on the sheetmetal?

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  5. Burt4x4

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    I have the old style Kayline and thoes snap rails that bolt to the bed rail are only about an inch high. Not realy a big issue with climbin over the sides. Yes yo kinda have to step on it so not to bend the rail but so far I have not bent or had any real issues with the rail being there. As for the holes that need to be driled into the rig itself when you screw in the snaps use a dab of RTV on each screw so that the water and elements cannot get into the holes.
    Good luck

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
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  6. roostr3269

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    this thing with canback really has me bummed. I called a guy close to me that restores old scouts and jeeps. he told me he has a guy that builds soft tops for him. does any1 know the basic layout of a canvas type top, framework, how mounted? so i can give this guy an idea what i want. thanx for any help

    live to wheel, wheel to live--1972 gmc jimmy 8 inch lift, 37" ssr's, big n bad
     
  7. Supergas

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    I think that we could look around for a damaged or worn out Kayline Fastrac top, buy it as a group if cheap and send it to this guy as a pattern. Then we could all end up with a great top made out of Sunbrella or some similar fabric. The Sunbrella brand comes in about twenty different colors..

    Whaddayathink??????

    Gotta do something as I really want this hardtop gone…..
     
  8. Steve_Chin

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    Supergas, the problem with that thought is that the Kayline Fast-Trac is a relatively new design. They only released it for sale last year. I don't think that we'll find one that's worn out just quite yet. It's a good thought, only ahead of its time...
     
  9. tmanofcali

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    i see nobody has posted any pics of the fastrac top by specialty top co. i have the top on mine now. i like it so far. i you guys want some pics of the frame work or just want to see what the top looks like, feel free to check the pics on my webshots page, the link is below. i have some pics of the top in the safari style also that i need to post on there. the back and sides totally zip out instead of just rolling up. if anyone wants the safari pics i can e-mail them or ill try to add them to my webshots soon. later.......tmanofcali

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  10. Steve_Chin

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    Tman, I'd love to see shots of the framing and with the sides removed. Have you tried squirting water on the top to see how well it holds water out?
     
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    steve and all, i just posted the pics that i do have of my truck in the "safari mode". you can see them on my webshots page. i will try to get some pics of the framing tomarrow if its not raining..later......tmanofcali (todd)
    oh and yes i sprayed water on it just after the install.....seemed to hold water out good. havent really driven it in the rain yet(no wiper arms).....later
    &lt;a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/tmanofcali1&gt;http://community.webshots.com/user/tmanofcali1&lt;/a&gt;<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by tmanofcali on 11/12/01 04:50 PM.</FONT></P>
     

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