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Offline RWG75

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Un-popping the top
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:36:37 am »
After spending a lot of time poking around here and other sites I never found anything that sounded like a real replacement for the factory weatherstrip between the pop top and the bed rails. As mine is shot and its that time of year again, thought I'd pass on something uber simple that I just worked out.

They make generic weatherstripping intended to go between pick up truck toppers and bed rails. With a bit of digging, you can find it in various widths and weight ratings. Widest / heaviest I could find was Super Cap Seal XL from Extruded Solutions, Inc.

http://www.extrudedsolutions.com/products.html

It's rated for caps "over 200 lbs" but a quick email to their tech dept gave me a compressed height for a 300 lb cap. No idea what pop tops actually weight but 300ish is the number I've heard a few times. The width is 2 1/8 inches which is the widest I could find anywhere. 3 inches would be much better as 2 1/8 doesn't entirely clear the pointless recesses in the bottom of the top (between bolt holes). The pre-attached adhesive strip is narrower but a little double sided tape intended for emblems helped get the far side attached to something. When first exposed the adhesive does allow for re-positioning but does take a stronger bite after sitting for a few minutes.

Pretty simple to cut with a utility knife for length, bolt holes, working around the corners at the ends of the top. With the top bolted down, it totally passes for original - except for not being dried out, cracking and falling apart. Yeah, a few pics of the process might be useful but oh well.

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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 08:12:52 am »
    That's good and useful information. If I ever reinstall my hard top, I'll look into that product.

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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 04:03:35 pm »
    NOTE / for those that have a pop-top do yourself a favor and make a steel bar from side to side that bolts into the last TWO holes above the tail gate = it holds the rear quarters together for when you wanna put it back together = l learned this the HARD way more than once living in New England the rust belt and have the rear quarters move from flex and the top not bolt back down
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 10:14:59 pm »
    Thanks RWG75, I'll be looking into that eventually. I would love to pull the top off next spring and have the seals to put it back. {cool}   
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 04:35:27 pm »
    A year later: working just fine, no rattles, drafts, drips. Ok, a couple drips when its raining hard enough for a couple drips in other places. Didn't get topless this summer (gggrrrrrr) so can't say anything about it being friendly to top on / off. Ask me next year.

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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 06:25:09 pm »
    See a Little Red Express Truck in the background, good to see that people are driving them rather than trailering them.
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 09:27:53 pm »
    Awesome to hear, I think this is the route I'm going. Thanks  {cool}
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #7 on: November 22, 2017, 10:10:19 am »
    See a Little Red Express Truck in the background, good to see that people are driving them rather than trailering them.
    Hey, it IS a truck - and I use it like one!

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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #8 on: November 22, 2017, 05:11:21 pm »
    Hey, it IS a truck - and I use it like one!


    X'cellent, mine is off the road as I haven't been able to get to rebuilding the new engine for it, old one plain worn out had a hard former life before me.
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #9 on: November 23, 2017, 10:11:52 am »
    Mine was a complete mess when I got it. Among other things, it had an aluminum single plane intake which is a horrible thing for a daily driver in cold climates. The gasket blew out and dumped the coolant the day before I was gonna tear it off. Fixed that, replaced blown water pump and DOA replacement, probably the timing chain, gave it a tune up. Ran well enough to haul a 440 / 727 boneyard score and many other thing but not really giving me what it should have had.

    Found a better intake / carb. Decided to do valve stem seals while installing. Gave up after maybe 6 cylinders and finding at least 3 cracked intake valves. Yanked the heads, found more signs of a rough life then noticed that all the cylinders had broken rings gouging the walls. It's doing much better now and so is the trans and rear for similar reasons.
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    Re: Un-popping the top
    « Reply #10 on: January 31, 2020, 05:07:30 pm »
    Another suggestion is to stick the sealer on the top it's self. Then wax the heck out of the body of the truck so next time it come off easy.  ;) You can spray silicone on the rubber where it meets the truck also for easy removal.
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