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Old 05-19-2003, 02:39   #1 (permalink)
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Ute softtop vs hardtop tray cover

Im thinking of buying an AU stylside ute.

I'm worried that the softtop tray cover, (that utilises a row of continous pegs) will look bad with a hardtop.

How are the pegs attached/removed?
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Old 05-19-2003, 02:48   #2 (permalink)
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The pegs are pop riveted on and are easily removed by drilling them out. Ford make a plug which is available from spare parts, they are used on the current Pursuit utes.
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Old 05-19-2003, 02:56   #3 (permalink)
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But wouldn't plugs all around the tray look just as gross?
Has anyone done this plug thing, or got pics?

How rare are AU utes with factory/aftermarket hardtops?
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The plugs don't look that bad but they are your only option other than welding, filing and painting the holes. There are plenty of AU utes with aftermarket hardtops getting around but the BA's seem to have a greater proportion with the factory hardtop, which looks pretty damn good.
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The plugs dont look too bad. When you purchase them from ford they need to be painted as they are black. I painted mine with ford touch up paint in the small bottle with a brush. Get a woman to paint them, (it's like applying nail polish). I'll post some pictures of mine on the weekend if I can borrow my mates digital camera.
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Old 05-19-2003, 16:05   #7 (permalink)
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Probably would be a whole lot easier to find a ute with a hardtop to begin with, but if i can't then i guess these plug things are my only option.

Do the holes ever let water through or eventually rust over time?
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I got a hard top with my ute and the dealer fitted those plugs, looks heaps better. They are pretty passive and fit snug so i dont think they will let water in
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Old 05-22-2003, 02:35   #10 (permalink)
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I wouldnt be worried about htem letting water in, considering the whole arese end of the ute is hollow. Thats one thing AU and BA ute owners have to to watch, you need to wash these utes up under the wheel arches regulary, as mud and shit gets up there and could cause rust later on.

If i was getting a hard cover, id just get a remote control one which looks like a roller door, that way you can use it as a ute if you need to without having to take the hard cover off, and you can use your soft cover over the top.
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