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Topper Bolts, Lost a Nut!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Rob 85K5, Oct 1, 2001.

  1. Rob 85K5

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    When I bought my 85 there was one topper bolt missing, the lower passenger bolt at the cab. After pulling the top, the retaining nut is not there either. I have a small rust problem above this where the body seem is. I believe the bolt not being there was a contributing factor in the rust.

    How can get a nut into the cap to recieve the topper bolt.
    I have taken all of the trim off and can't see a way in there, except for cutting sheetmetal.

    Any Ideas

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    c'mon

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    I am missing the same thing on the drivers side. I was putting my top back on one day when the clips that hold the nuts on the cab broke[​IMG] and i heard the nut fall somewhere inside metal of the cab. I see noway of fixing it without alot of pain[​IMG], so i haven't touched it. It has not given me any problems yet and it has been over two years that it broke[​IMG].

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    I can't visualize this right now, but maybe get the correct size nut from a h/w store, put it on a long bolt, then finagle it into the hole and hold it there while you or someone else tack welds it to the body. Then unscrew the "handle" (long bolt), and bolt the top in with that.

    I have a serious rust issue in a similar spot, except right above the drivers side. I'd do what you can to seal up any holes, though, or water will run right down that column and rot it out at the bottom. Went to put my seatbelt on recently and found I pulled it out of the pillar, thanks to the water coming in from the top rotting a hole around my belt anchor!!

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  5. Rob 85K5

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    I have ground our all the rust to metal and will be welding up the holes soom. That has to tbe the worst spot to get to. I might drill some holes near the bottom for airation and to drain. It might even condensate inside that area??

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    How about a rivet-nut?

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  7. Rob 85K5

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    How about explaining that one a little more????

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    I wouldn't bother putting one back in. I only run with about half the bolts when I've got my hardtop on, never had a problem.

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    Thanks man, I think that will work great!!

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