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GMC M211 Soft Top Help

Indyj100

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I recently came into possession of two GMC XM211, both have their waxed canvas tops and cargo covers but they all were sat in the bed.
To my understanding this canvas has been lying in the bed for the last 30 or so years and most appears to by dry rotted and rips easily.

Luckily I was able to find a decent cab top with some minor tears in the middle but again, it rips somewhat easily.
I was also able to find a cab rear without too many issues, no tears but I imagine it will rip similarly to the top.
and then there was a practically brand new cargo cover with absolutely zero issues.

I'm wondering what the best route of action is for the top and back canvas? Is there a way to rejuvenate the canvas and strengthen it? If there's no way to do that, is it best to just replace these pieces?

I'd like to try my hand at possibly recreating one, if need be, but I couldn't manage to find any 18oz waxed canvas sold by yardage.

I'll attach some photos down the line

Any help and knowledge is appreciated, Thanks!
 

Indyj100

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You might look at a product called Canvak. I'm not sure if it would save what you have, but may be worth a look.
Thanks for the idea but it looks like from other sources and what NDT said that the canvas is done for.
I'll definitely keep this product in mind for maintaining the replacements though.
 

Indyj100

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Once the canvas cotton duck material is dry rotted it is garbage. It will tear easily in the wind. Best to get a reproduction top and keep it out of the weather.
Do you know of any good sources? I saw the ones from New Life Canvas but wanted to do some shopping around before I settle on them.
 
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