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Top Removal

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Jun 25, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    It's a real big pain in the butt having to schedule my top removal around my friends... so... I wanted to know how ya'll removed your top by yourself. I'm thinking about a pully system and yes I've read the article based on Shawn's blazer. Are there any other methods ya'll use?

    89 K5 Silverado
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  2. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    If you say "beer", they will come [​IMG]

    <font color=purple>Have you hugged your K5 today?</font color=purple>
     
  3. K5RANGER

    K5RANGER Registered Member

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    somewhere at coloradok5 i saw a good idea that i myself am using.
    build a shelf (for lack of better words) the same height as your blazer bed sides. back up to it and slide your top off..build it kinda like a deck.
     
  4. JoeAngelicchio

    JoeAngelicchio 1/2 ton status

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    I've got a sketch of what I'm going to set up in my garage at my Webshots truck album.

    <font color=green>Joe Angelicchio
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  5. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    Couple trees, couple pulleys, little bit of rope... Dont' even need to take it down until you're ready to put it back on.

    I just ripped the top from a '79 junker I had alone in about ten minutes. It was easy as pie! Granted, I wasn't that worried about messing it up since I'm going to cut it up to be a soft-top frame, but I just pretty much lifted it over the dowels at the rear, rotated it, and slid it down to a dolley. I don't think there was any damage, either to truck or top.

    Ratch
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  6. OFFRDK5

    OFFRDK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I like the tree idea...it's just my apartment complex. I don't think they want some big a$$ heavy topper swinging from the trees!! Plus I would have to mow over a fence to get to the trees.

    SK-15
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    Roads? Where we're going, we don't need any roads!
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  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan 1/2 ton status

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    I hang my top with ropes and 2x4s from the ceiling of my carport, that's where it is now. I lift the rear end of the top onto a 2x4 and then do the same with the front. I can do this myself but usually talk my brother into doing the lifting for me.

    77 Blazer, 350, NP203, K&N, 31-inch Cooper Discoverers
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  8. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Drive to the dump, unbolt and step on the skinny pedal. [​IMG]

    Steve

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  9. Redfrog

    Redfrog 1/2 ton status

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    Come on!! Unbolt it, get inside, lift up, and pull it off by yourself
    It's not that bad really. once you get over the pulled back muscles and the small hernia :( hehehe Man did it hurt!
    But I got it off!!!!!!

    HEY Fords!!! how many flushes does it
    take to get rid of you
     
  10. Triaged

    Triaged 1/2 ton status

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    Remove it by myself! Are you kidding!?! Would be easer to make new friends (but I have a full convertable).

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
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    bandit 1/2 ton status

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    pulled my top off my self un bolt it put it on your back and go off teh back oif the blazer jsut dont trip like i did then it ened up upside down next to the balzer

    AJ
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  12. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I've removed mine 3 times by my lonesome...and dropped it all 3 times. No cracks though. Putting it back on by yerself is a whole other adventure! Especially with a lifted truck!

    Personally i like Steve's method! [​IMG]

    Rene

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    I love having my top off, but I hear ya on the friends' schedule thing. It seems that my top is coming off and going back on twice a week. I can't leave it off if it has to sit in the street, because I don't want people messing with it. I wouldn't dare try to take mine off by myself. A 9" lift and 38's is a LONG ass drop! The pulley and rope system seems like a charm!

    "Don't hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning." Odd Ball--Kelly's Hereos
     
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    aaaaggh 1/2 ton status

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    im not sure but i think different years tops are different weights. my top is heavy as heck and it take 4 of us to manuver that monster around. my friends top is also just as heavy. my other friends top on teh other hand is very light comared to mine. 2 people can very easily lift it of and move it around....2 girls!...small girls! i help take it off one time and it fealt like it wieghed about 1/2 as much as mine.

    friends romans countrymen, lend me some parts
     
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    I seem to find the girls top easier to remove after a few beers.

    Ratch
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  16. 85Blazernga

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    Here is how I accomplished being able to put my top on and take it off in 5 mins. I built a 'fence' to go around the truck. The 'fence' is made of 4x4 post and 2x4 rails. The sides of the truck has a 2x4 rail that is 4-6 inches above the bed rail. all you have to do is unbolt the top as it sits in the 'fence', get in the back and lift it up and move it out until you have about 2 feet hanging over the edge. Then, use a 2x4 to slide under the top as you lift the front and the repeat with the rear. Then you can drive out from under neath. Someone posted some pics they had a while back when I tried to build mine. Theirs was in the ground but I did mine so I can assemble and dissassemble in about 20 mins. I made it out of pressure treated wood and assembled with galvanized bolts. I can put the 'fence' together in about 20 mins and then the top off in another 5 mins. This also gives you a place to park the truck over night if you don't want to put the top back on. I will try to take my top back off and posts some pics of the process when the weather clears here in GA. Those scattered afternoon thunderstorms do wonders for your Silverado interior. LOL. Email me if you want some more info.

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    Hey.. some more info would be great. I was thinking of doing something similar to this if I did not use pulleys and rope. Right next to my garage I have a concrete slab just begging for something like this. Would probably do something permanent but I would still like to see some pics when you get a chance.

    89 K5 Silverado
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    Unbolt it, stand up in the truck so your back is on the ceiling of the top. Lift and walk down the tail gate and put it in th grass. Or get ONE other person and it will be easier.

    <font color=red>1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, Middletown, NJ (07737).</font color=red>
     
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    I got 3 other people, they stood outside, I got inside, pushed up with my back and broke the seal, then lifted it up a few inches and slid some scrap wood between the top and bed rails, slid it off, and carried it away.

    90K5

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    Forklift........
     

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