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Softop Progress - new pics

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DwarF, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. DwarF

    DwarF 1/2 ton status

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    For historical reference:
    First cuts and sanding -bad camera exposure
    After painting and some prep-work

    Just the top, with the sides zipped off

    Now I have gotten the top done, and the sides with the tinted windows. Minor cleanup work left but this is it! I have driven 80+ down the freeway (passed a motorcycle cop with a radar on me, he didn't pull me over...amazing) It doesn't flap! It does get a high pitched vibration, like a bumble bee in the cab, but I think I can remove that with some well placed foam.

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  2. Grim-Reaper

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    Re: Softop Progress

    Looking pretty cool! I thought about doing something like that. I was going to use a fabric sunroof deal from a VW Bus. Do it on a full top over the front seats and back seats.

    Look forward to sing the finished product.
     
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    That is pretty sweet! Will that canvas stay on going 80 down the freeway? Did you make the canvas yourself or have an interior shop make it?
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    I thought of doing that a LONG time ago. But i never followed through with it. Seeing how nice yours looks makes me want to do it again. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    That looks great thanks for the pics /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    It is TopGun boat canvas. I paid too much for it, the upholstery shop said they could have gotten it for 10:31 a yard (I paid 20) /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    I have taken it down freeways at 80+ already (I have a heavy foot and 4:56s /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif The way the air flows around our trucks, the wind seems to push down on the top, it doesn't flap or anything. I don't know about the sides yet though, I'll let you know if they flap next week.
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    Did you start with a double wall top or a single wall top? <font color="yellow"> </font>
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    Which upholstery shop is that? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    its a hard top
     
  10. Grim-Reaper

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    Re: Softop Progress

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    Did you start with a double wall top or a single wall top? <font color="yellow"> </font>

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    Dude...that's a first Gen thing. The tops are all the same from 76 up like he has.
    73-75 there were two tops. A butted seam (73 some 74) and a overlapped seam. The overlap is better. The butted tops would pop apart without much force. Twisting of the body off road was enough sometimes.

    Welcome to CK5
     
  11. chevyfumes

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    very nice.... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    I didn't know there was a difference in double or single wall tops. For what it's worth, I think it was a single. There was only one layer when I cut through the top.
     
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    I used Ben's upholstery. He told me to tell anyone else it was 500 bucks labor. It turned out to be more work than he thought when he quoted me 300.
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    How's it coming along Matt? Have any updated pics? The top is looking a thousand times better than any junk I thought you could make /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif Post up some pics of the latest body work too /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Softop Progress

    I thought about doing that before, but the one thing that always held me back was the fact that you still can't go full convertible and also have the whole top with you. It would still be pretty much open air, though.
     
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    Man that thing came out awesome /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif looks great now i have to go figure out how to make one or go buy one after seeing yours /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
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    Ya, I wanted the sun blocked. It can be taken off with two people easy. Dropped about 50 pounds I would guess, but you still have a top. If you want something that folds up in a pouch, this isn't it.
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif sweet! wish mine was that way.
     
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    Looks sharp Matt. When are you expecting to get the other Blazer back from paint and body?
     
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    Well, when I went to visit last Saturday, they had done almost nothing. So, for now it looks like it is 2 weeks out on the body shop, and another week out on the linex...so, best case 3 weeks. To be fair, I told him I wasn't in any hurry, just wanted it out of my garage so I could sell my house. I didn't think he would take it as a free license to not touch it for 2 months though!
     

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