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Old August 19th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #21
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M35a2 also.
The only people calling an M35a2 a 'pickup truck' are the ones who are compensating.....
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Old August 19th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #22
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I don't see how cutting the top off a truck makes the frame any weaker. It's already got a gap that is unsupported between the cab and the bed. I would have a cage in it for sure though.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 04:46 PM   #23
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I don't see how cutting the top off a truck makes the frame any weaker. It's already got a gap that is unsupported between the cab and the bed. I would have a cage in it for sure though.
It doesn't make the frame weaker, but does add stress to areas of the frame. You have to take into account the amount of reinforcement that the top provides against the body folding like a taco. When that reinforcement is removed it adds stress to sections of the frame that aren't per se engineered to accomodate that amount of stress.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #24
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I had a 350 92 S-15 I bought off a guy for $550 with a "soft top kit". The thing needed a clutch so I tossed one in it and beat the snot out of it for 2 months. The top did a good job keeping the inside dry except for in car washes. The thing did have a lot of wind noise but nothing turning up the radio couldn't fix.

It was done clean with the door frame cut level with the windshield frame so it did not look awkward when the top was off and windows down. The front tucked inside a lip similar to how jeep super tops seal that ran around with a metal ribs along the side glass. I needed to have the windows up to line up the ribs, installed the front lip, pulled the top back and buttoned down the back having everything tight. It could be done within 5 minutes and the entire top/ribs could be completely removed and placed nicely behind the passenger seat within the same amount of time.

I sold it for $800 and was glad to see it go. The amount of reckless driving I did coupled with the fact that all I had was a lap belt it was just a matter of time before I got pulled over or headed off into a ditch.

On a sectional body such as a cab and a bed there is less need for bracing as with a full car. People chop and section tops on trucks all the time without tears at the body mounts. On a car its needed because the body prevents twisting and you will get tears at the mounts as well as other places such as door pillars. In a stock power application I do no see any reason why a cutting a top would weaken a truck frame. You are removing structure but no where close to the amount you would in a full length body.
The occupants would quickly be flattened in any type of roll and the side impact resistance would also be reduced. That's the risk you take to go topless without a roll bar.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #25
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Well, they do this WITH a roof....

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Old August 19th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #26
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I think that was only the 99's...
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Old August 19th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #27
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Looks like a 99....

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Old August 20th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #28
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Looks like a 99....

also looks identical to the rear of my 2002.
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