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I am having difficulty getting info regarding the bolts and screws for the top. Essentially the factory installed screws in the body have dropped so the bolts don't line up and can't thread into the screws. Any one have similar problems/ solutions?

its 92 XLT 5.8
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Hey Nick,
I just replaced all the gaskets and seals on my top, along with the bolts and clips that line the edge of the topper. It's tedious, but it really pays off to do it right.
https://shop.broncograveyard.com/WEA...partments/194/
https://shop.broncograveyard.com/Ful...uctinfo/38250/
https://shop.broncograveyard.com/Ful...uctinfo/38244/
You should be able to find everything here. Let me know if you have any questions/tips about the installation.

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I am having difficulty getting info regarding the bolts and screws for the top. Essentially the factory installed screws in the body have dropped so the bolts don't line up and can't thread into the screws. Any one have similar problems/ solutions?

its 92 XLT 5.8
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i don't follow. there are a good number of those bolts that connect to a locking clip. you can replace those easily. what do you mean the screws in the body have dropped?
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I'm confused, too... I'm thinking he's saying the threaded nut clip-on thingies have dropped down into the bedsides? THJ's second link above would be a good way to replace them all, or a junkyard donor. No one ever seems to grab those.
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Is he talking about those 2 crappy floating screw holes at the roof? If so, they are a PITA trying to get the long bolts to line up with them if they float around too much. I thought about cutting into the ceiling and taking those bastards out but it's more trouble than it's worth.
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Yes it's the two 2 crappy floating screw holes at the roof. I have used double stick tape; it worked on the right side but not on the left. I think the tape got into the threads on the left side. It seems the floating nut is not pulling the top forward. Originally, was the floating nuts welded in place? I don't know. I think it needs to be riveted to keep the screws in place.
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I think you guys are all talking about speed nuts. I've never had my top off but if they're the same clip on nuts that hold together pretty much the whole nose of the truck, they're called speed nuts.

And it sounds like yours are worn out. The only way those little suckers do a good job is if they haven't been removed or messed with. You might have luck taking a pair of lineman's pliers and squeezing the back side. Don't bother trying to squeeze the front. It won't work. You have to get them from where it bends around on itself and close that gap.

However, there's a good chance you're breaking it cause it's 22+ years old and a 16th thick.

When they're new, they bite just hard enough to not move freely in their slot.

I'm gonna try and find another source for them besides jbg because they're nucking futs with their pricing. On pretty much everything.

https://www.amazon.com/Hillman-Group...3SS&th=1&psc=1

If you can get jbg on the phone you can do to them what I do to summit racing when I have a question. Ask for the specs on the part number and what diameter bolt they match. If they're dumb and tell you, put that into Amazon and bam.

Or, if you're more honest than myself, take the bolt to a decent building or hardware supply house and ask them to check diameter, pitch and thread count on your bolt. And then order accordingly.

The price shown on that link is for 2 bags of 20 pieces. Not 2 speed nuts. I was a little nervous I was gonna have to recant my previous statement about jbg.
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The '92-96 hardtop bolts are M8x1.25, so the speed nuts (thanks for the name tip!) would need to match that.

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Yes, speed nuts. I couldn't remember the name.

I got these at a parts store, either advance or Auto zone, but obviously only used a couple.

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I hear you on JBG! They are selling Protofab's Dana 60 conversion and up charging $400!!! They're $1450 (powdercoated) $1250 (bare steel) on Protofab's site and $1650 (bare steel), $1850 (powdercoated) on JBG site. Protofab does all the work, they just put in the order!!!! I just don't understand it. Some items are priced pretty well but others are insane. I don't get it.
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I think you guys are all talking about speed nuts. I've never had my top off but if they're the same clip on nuts that hold together pretty much the whole nose of the truck, they're called speed nuts.

And it sounds like yours are worn out. The only way those little suckers do a good job is if they haven't been removed or messed with. You might have luck taking a pair of lineman's pliers and squeezing the back side. Don't bother trying to squeeze the front. It won't work. You have to get them from where it bends around on itself and close that gap.

However, there's a good chance you're breaking it cause it's 22+ years old and a 16th thick.

When they're new, they bite just hard enough to not move freely in their slot.

I'm gonna try and find another source for them besides jbg because they're nucking futs with their pricing. On pretty much everything.

https://www.amazon.com/Hillman-Group...3SS&th=1&psc=1

If you can get jbg on the phone you can do to them what I do to summit racing when I have a question. Ask for the specs on the part number and what diameter bolt they match. If they're dumb and tell you, put that into Amazon and bam.

Or, if you're more honest than myself, take the bolt to a decent building or hardware supply house and ask them to check diameter, pitch and thread count on your bolt. And then order accordingly.

The price shown on that link is for 2 bags of 20 pieces. Not 2 speed nuts. I was a little nervous I was gonna have to recant my previous statement about jbg.



I hear you on JBG! They are selling Protofab's Dana 60 conversion and up charging $400!!! They're $1450 (powdercoated) $1250 (bare steel) on Protofab's site and $1650 (bare steel), $1850 (powdercoated) on JBG site. Protofab does all the work, they just put in the order!!!! I just don't understand it. Some items are priced pretty well but others are insane. I don't get it.
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