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Old 07-22-2014, 01:09 PM
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Cant find what you are referring to, please help.

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One thing I did was change the threading on the nuts in the body itself and replaced the bolts with a flip down one sided wing bolt. You only have to run it in about 2 turns then the upper end of the bolt folds over flat to keep it from backing out. When you fold it over, it applys pressure downward holding the top tight.
Old thread I know, but not find anything that has a match in google search that might be what you are talking about.

Could you post a picture/link of these bolts and installation?

Even really just the link/name I can use to find them.

Thanks,

David
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:29 AM
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We bought an '88 for the kid when he turned 16. We took the top off of it many times. At least we did before some lady ran a red and totaled it.
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I know this is a very old thread, but some may search for this topic that weren't around back then.

I used to take the top off my "86 regularly, never had issues with leaks, and my buddies would usually fight to get dibs on riding in back. We even drove off from our wedding topless: http://www.pastordrew.com/WeddingBronco.jpg

The bolts were a pita to remove/replace due to their number and fine threads, I wish I had thought of BillyBob's idea of swapping them out back in the day

More often than not I removed it by myself since it is only a 2-man job (my body + my brain =2). I once had it on my back as I was backing out the tailgate and went a bit too far, flipping it off the back of the rails upside down onto the ground. d'oh! (my brain was on break at the time). I was extremely pleased to discover how tough it was, not one thing bent or broken. After that I rigged up a hoist system in my lean-to equipment shed.
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Making removal of my bronco 2 top easier

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One thing I did was change the threading on the nuts in the body itself and replaced the bolts with a flip down one sided wing bolt. You only have to run it in about 2 turns then the upper end of the bolt folds over flat to keep it from backing out. When you fold it over, it applys pressure downward holding the top tight. Ill try to get some pics so you can see what I did. Easy conversion for about $40. And now it takes all of about 5 min to remove all the bolts. Pics will be posted when I figure out how to get pics from my phone to my PC
BillyBob69 can you share more about how you replaced your bolts? I took my top off for the first time (bought it yesterday) yesterday and it was a bit of effort. Sure would be nice to modify it to make it a 5 minute deal vs 1 hour!
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BillyBob69 can you share more about how you replaced your bolts? I took my top off for the first time (bought it yesterday) yesterday and it was a bit of effort. Sure would be nice to modify it to make it a 5 minute deal vs 1 hour!
I sold that Bronco long time ago...but here is a link of something very similar to what I used...
Cam Lever Bolt Threaded stud

Just need to then get some of these....
Rivet Nuts

With that you can set the rivet nuts into the body, the used the Cam Levers to secure the top.
Takes some patience when locating just how far you thread it down before folding the lever over but once you get it figured out...easy .
I bought the rivet nut tool back then and god only knows where it is now but they are nice to have....although I have only used it that once to set the nuts.
Its been about 13yrs since I did this. But sold the Bronco back in 06 I think.

Hope it helps!
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