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Raduenz
07-13-2012, 11:04 PM
So I picked up a bronco top for $20 about a year ago that wasn't really that nice but i was gonna cut it up anyways because I wanted to make my own version of the skyler soft top. I got the top all cut up and made the rail system, fiber glassed it and painted it but just never got around to ordering the tonneau material. Well about a week ago I got thinking I kinda rather have something a little more secure and different. So I'm making a half cab or half top. not really sure what to call it. I know they used to make them but definitely out of my price range. This is the "rail system" I made up but I'm going to cut it so the window part is separate and not so clumsy to take on and off. later on Ill make the side rails butt back up to the window part.
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This is my idea
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Where I'm going to cut it
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Its cut!
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Thinking whats next
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Raduenz
07-13-2012, 11:24 PM
Getting an idea what it will look like. Just kinda funny how I wanted a four door bronco and now I'm basically making it back into a crew cab pickup. I just like taking the top off in the summer months...just dont like my truck wide open to everyone to take what they want.
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I had a piece of 3/4" plywood about a 4'x4' and kinda pieced it together so I didnt have to waste a full sheet.
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Took my planner to the top of the plywood to kinda make it more the shape of the fiberglass but still got a gap. I'm thinking I can close that up once i screw the wood down.
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Pre-drilled some holes and used Centurions "famous" deck screws/sheet rock screws to screw the wood to the fiberglass and I closed up the gap.
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Raduenz
07-13-2012, 11:35 PM
Now to get the window hole cut out...
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Tracing the window
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Got the hole cut out
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window in the hole
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now I'm taking some 1/4" strips of wood to slide into the window gasket which holds the window in and hold the two pieces of plywood together.
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Traveler
07-13-2012, 11:58 PM
wow that is nice!

RDB1955
07-14-2012, 12:13 AM
I like it! Was wondering what you have planned for below the window frame. I was thinking another removable frame with interior latches. And someplace to stow them when on the road and you want to run without back window in. Got me thinking about cutting the back off a pickup and fitting it in like you are. Some newer models have power rear windows.

Every once in a while someone comes up with a great idea. It must be your day.
:xyxthumbs:

Raduenz
07-14-2012, 12:14 AM
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got the bottom done. now to the top and side boards that hold the window in.
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Got all the board on that hold the window in..had to grind the screw off on the opposite side that went through.
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Had some bondo-hair on the shelf that i used to fill in the grinder grooves and put it along all the edges.
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Did a little sanding but got tired. Set it back on the truck to see how it looked again...Cant wait til its done. Next I'm going to finish sanding it all smooth and Probably going to fiberglass over all the wood inside and out and finish up with some body filler and paint. We'll see how much progress I can make this weekend.
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Raduenz
07-14-2012, 12:22 AM
Was wondering what you have planned for below the window frame.
Ya once I'm done with the window portion I'll make something below the window...
Some newer models have power rear windows
I saw a guy take a bronco tailgate and weld it in behind the front seats so he could still use the power rear window. Then molded the back part of the topper to the cab. It was definitely clever.

RDB1955
07-14-2012, 08:38 AM
You could weld something in. I would rather keep the Bronco original with optional covers for the back. Keeping it stock as much as possible. Welding a divider in is too much like a pickup and not an SUV.

RDB1955
07-14-2012, 09:53 AM
You could weld something in. I would rather keep the Bronco original with optional covers for the back. Keeping it stock as much as possible. Welding a divider in is too much like a pickup and not an SUV. The removable top makes the Bronco special. And my dogs like the space in the back.

Bronco Biff
07-14-2012, 12:09 PM
That's lookin' pretty trick!! not to get too far off track here, but is that a '73-'79 8ft bed you got stored?

Raduenz
07-14-2012, 12:29 PM
That's lookin' pretty trick!! not to get too far off track here, but is that a '73-'79 8ft bed you got stored?
Yes it is, I actually have two of them stacked. I'm from Minnesota but stationed in San Diego and my uncle and I have a few 73-79 pickups so I've been collecting some rust free parts to haul back home in January.

Raduenz
07-22-2012, 01:46 PM
here is what it looked like before I fiber-glassed over it
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I hate fiberglass!!! very messy
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here you can see I have acorn nuts and threaded rod holding it on because San Diego doesnt believe in hardware stores and Home Depot has a very slim hardware selection.
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Raduenz
07-22-2012, 02:03 PM
I found I huge hardware store two miles from my work with every nut and bolt imaginable. I wanted something kind of flat so I got these Phillips head bolts to hold the top on.
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Well its done!! Its got some minor imperfections but hey I'm not a body man. I'll have it re-painted when the whole truck gets painted...someday.
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Traveler
07-22-2012, 11:30 PM
that turned out great. It looks professional.

Dman
07-23-2012, 08:27 AM
That is a great looking job. I have been curious if my fiberglass tonneau cover left over from my F150 could be made into something similar, but it looked like to much work for me. :rockon

kto17
07-23-2012, 10:16 AM
Whats with the really short bed pickup? :supergrin:

Looks great. You have reinspired me to track down another top and try to build a custom Bronco camper, because having 2 tops is not enough. I know they used to make them but they are hard to find and buying a custom one is big $. I have to finish a few projects around the house first. The most important being building a garage.

WillsIH
05-15-2014, 11:26 AM
Reviving a very old thread here but WOW! This really got my wheels turnin. I wonder if theres enough room in the bed to use a sliding 5th wheel hitch, like the B&W Companion series. Take the 3rd row out and put it in the camper and install the half cab and hitch while pullin. Then take them off and throw the 3rd row back in.

4dyz
04-24-2018, 01:24 AM
nice build. you've done a great job on this one. By the way, I'm just wondering what tonneau cover (http://4wheelonline.com/tonneau-covers.222468) you were able to use if you attached it near the window frame.

Prizefighter
07-31-2019, 02:31 PM
What's the purpose? It's taking the unique thing about these vehicles and changing it back into a crew cab pick up so I'm confused.

Skitter302
07-31-2019, 05:17 PM
true convertible. Pick-up on Monday. Bronco for the Weekend.