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AHorseThief 10-28-2012 05:32 PM

Hard Top Disassembly
 
I was trying to take my hard top apart this weekend. It'll store easier and be all ready when I find some time to give it the TLC it needs.

Ran into a snag however. I can't get the side panels off. It seems like there is one bolt under the part the rear hatch hangs from. That part looks to be held on by bolts too, problem is I can't figure out how to get at them.

Pictures would be great, but small words might get me there. :hill:

AHorseThief 10-29-2012 06:32 AM

and... nevermind. My wife looked at it for 2 minutes and said, "It comes apart like this." So I handed her the wrench and stepped back.

Another question though. My rain gutter is really beat up and will require welding and massaging. Should I rebuild what I have or fab a new one? How critical is straight and true on a 40 rain gutter?

SteveH 10-29-2012 08:33 AM

If you park your truck outside, the rain gutter will be wet much of the time (dew, condensate, snow, rain), even in Colo. If it's a garage queen, a slightly more rickety rain gutter might survive. You can buy repro gutter sections, but I imagine it's quite a bit of work to get a nice looking gutter out of those. I would strive for decent gutters, for the sake of the rest of the truck that is protected by them.

AHorseThief 10-29-2012 11:20 AM

Any suggestions for a source?

CCOT wants $350 for a whole kit. I could just get the corners from them and fab the rest, I suppose.

datoy 10-29-2012 12:17 PM

I have a top from a 63 that you can have. The gutter seems to be fine. The rest of the top leave something to be desired.

subzali 10-29-2012 01:42 PM

you'd have to check, but I think the early hardtops are shorter than mid-later year hardtops.

frontrange 10-29-2012 05:13 PM

I can't help with replacement parts, but I can lend you the rivet set tool, die and rivets to do a proper replacement having done it once before...

Pm me if you need them.

AHorseThief 10-30-2012 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by datoy (Post 221054)
I have a top from a 63 that you can have. The gutter seems to be fine. The rest of the top leave something to be desired.

Right now I don't have a spot to put another top. Looking it over again last night, I think I'm going to try and work with what I have. The rear corners aren't too bad and the rest won't be too hard to fab. Appreciate the offer though.

AHorseThief 10-30-2012 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frontrange (Post 221089)
I can't help with replacement parts, but I can lend you the rivet set tool, die and rivets to do a proper replacement having done it once before...

Pm me if you need them.

When I get there, I'll definately give you a holler.

PhatFJ 11-01-2012 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AHorseThief (Post 221135)
When I get there, I'll definately give you a holler.

Yes, make sure you use the correct rivets (solid)!! I ended up making my own set tool to match the height I was working at 30" or so.. After you rivet the gutter on make sure you blend the gutter to the top with epoxy, I used a marine grade and it worked well.. Just take your time and ask questions if you need. You can get a finish that is as good as the factory..


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