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Taking Off Top

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by humper, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. humper

    humper Registered Member

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    I just got my 71 K5 and was wondering how you all took your tops off and different methods of doing so. I was told it was quite heavy so i was looking for some advice as to how to go about taking it off.
     
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    Welcome to CK5 :waytogo: You'll love it here. I've always wanted a Gen 1 K5. And since I don't own one, can't really help you out too much. :doah: Just wanted to welcome you here.
     
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    2 people can do it, you'll just have to kinda learn how to hold it and walk it off the truck.


    a 3rd person would be handy too just to help lower it and whatnot.
     
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    ok thanks a lot for the help
     
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    We should design a simple rig to remove the top. Some rig that anyone could make out of standard materials...

    Something that you attatch to the roof of your garage or covered parking..

    And/or something that you could simply drive out from under..

    Maybe there could be a CK5 design contest for it.. and the winner won something cool?
     
  6. humper

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    That would be a good thing to have...I dont think i can hold a contest for it though :wink1:
     
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    unbolt it.one person gets inside and bends over. stand in about the middle and extend your legs to lift the top with it flat across your back. have your buddy steady it so it doesn't tip to one side or you may end up with a new dent. walk to the rear a few feet and set it back on the rails, hanging off of the end a bit. then stand up and lift top between top and windshield, while buddy lifts at back. walk to end and set your end on tailgate. hop down and wrestle it to the ground. they are real heavy, so if your not real big, get two freinds. this is easier with the back seat out, but you can step over it
     
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    I use to have an old winch in rafters of the garage and used 4 eye bolts in the cap. I think someone put the same idea in thehow to section
     
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    thanks a lot guys this is a ton of help
     
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    That would be a good thing to have...I dont think i can hold a contest for it though

    Humper, you have to hold the contest and give some great prize!

    Jokin.. :D

    I meant maybe the owner/s of the site would do something like that.. I thought I saw they gave out prizes for stuff.. I might be wrong though. :o
     
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    That would be a good idea if they do
     
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    My 70 double wall has at least 16 bolts holding it on. The hardest part of removing it was finding all the bolts!!! My owners manual gives a weight of 225 pounds for the top, so its lighter than a full size fridge, just bulky and awkward. Me and 2 teens pulled mine off and just set it on 2 sawhorses.
     
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    Greg72 has a slick setup. Only thing you need is a tall garage ceiling.

    clicky

    if there was a contest, he would have already won :D
     
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    thats a pretty sweet setup...wish my garage was tall enough
     
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    When I took mine off, it took me and a buddy to handle it. Its a double wall top. In the future I'm going to build something very similar to Greg72 so it can be done solo. My garage has a 12-13 ft ceiling :D
     
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    Greg72 has built exactly what I have been working out in my head!!! That is sweet. My Garage ceiling is 10' should be plenty room I think.

    BTW - Contest over................Johnny, tell Greg72 what he has won :D
     
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    Contrary to what some might tell you, the top CAN be removed by just you if you use the right technique. Unbolt it, pick it up off the locating pins and shimmy it back until it's at least half off the back of the truck. Let gravity help you ease it to the ground and BAM, the top is off! I've heard of busted side windows and cracked shells, so be careful. I do my top by myself all the time and my truck has 9" of lift and 42's. Oh yeah, it helps being 6'6" 240. Good luck bud!
     
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    taking top off

    That is a nice setup but if your a cheap lazy individual like myself you can take 4 bicycle hooks (type that allow you to hang bike from ceiling) screw one in the rafters above each corner of your top , run two ratchet straps front to back one on left side and one on right pull the slack out and tighten two or three clicks then drive out from under it. Works great and is plenty strong. :D
     
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    Don't know if anyone mentioned it but it's much harder with a full cage as you can't just walk it back. Me and a friend just picked up the front and slid a 2x4 between bedside and top and did the same with the back and then we could slip our hands under and walk it off from the outside.


    Hope that helps.


    PS, don't forget the two "hidden" bolts at the back corners. :doah:
     
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    Greg72 has a slick setup. Only thing you need is a tall garage ceiling.

    clicky

    if there was a contest, he would have already won


    That thing is an engineering Marvel! haha

    But I believe there is a simpler system that could be devised that you wouldn't need a high garage ceiling and would be easier and cheaper to manufactuer.. but this is just in theory.. so I could be wrong.. but there is no doubt.. either way.. that setup deserves somekind of Rube Goldberg award. :D

    It's like the real life Wallace and Grommet... :D
     

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