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ANOTHER Hard Top realization

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Old School 64, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Nov 11, 2010
    Old School 64

    Old School 64 Member

    Christiansburg, VA
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    So I finally got a chance to put my hard top and steel doors on my 64 CJ5. The top came off of a 55 M38A1. Everything fit except for the rear hatch.
    I assume because the M38A1 had no tailgate and since my CJ5 does and seeing as how the tailgate stands about 1/2 inch higher than the M38 tub space would be....it will not seal nor shut.
    The rounded top of the tailgate needs to come down about 1/2 inch so my plan is to cut under the bottom underside of the tailgate all the way across and remove a 1/2 inch strip, then just bend or pound it back into place and hope this drops it by the amount I need to clear the hatch.

    chainsawguy

    Wonder if anyone else has this combo and has any better ideas before I commence to cutting?

    chainsawguy
     
  2. Nov 11, 2010
    kuggs

    kuggs life time jeeper

    hope valley RI
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    i got a rear hatch with out a back window if you need it
     
  3. Nov 11, 2010
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher

    Western MA
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    You should be able to adjust the tailgate down a little. The holes for the hinges have some play.
     
  4. Nov 11, 2010
    Long&Low

    Long&Low Active Member

    Geauga County, OH
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    Stop, don't cut. What kind of hard top? I got two spare rear hatches, a Meyer and a Kelly.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2010
    double R

    double R Member

    Reseda, CA
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    in addition, the rear hatch has a little bit of adjustability also.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2010
    Old School 64

    Old School 64 Member

    Christiansburg, VA
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    I will take some pics tomorrow and post up. I am uncertain of the make of the hardtop.

    I will also look at the hinges. Not sure I can gain 1/2 but I'll look...thanks for the tips.
     

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