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another venting windshield question

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by SandhillMike, May 21, 2007.

  1. May 21, 2007
    SandhillMike

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    I'm going to replace the stock windshield with a venting one that I have had for a while. The problem is the mount for tops. The venting windshield has snaps across the front instead of the channel. I haven't found a source for the channels, so has anybody tried to add snaps to a stock top or bikini with any success
     
  2. May 21, 2007
    DanStew

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    HHHHMMM is there enoguh room to spot weld on a later channel to the winshield frame? I want to say the one i had had the channel on it, but Billy has it now. If you have enoguh room you could probably get a channel pretty cheap from a rotted out frame. The channel would be cheaper than modifying the top and would seal better in rainy conditions especially while driving.
     
  3. May 21, 2007
    SandhillMike

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    Plenty of room for the channel, if I had one.
     
  4. May 21, 2007
    DanStew

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    I would ask around for a piece off a rusty frame. I think Godevil may have one, he just got my last frame. So he may have a rust one around.
     
  5. May 21, 2007
    m38willys

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    I thought somebody used to sell the channel separate, like for fiberglass windshield frames. Quadtrtec or somebody.....
     
  6. May 21, 2007
    Thunderpig

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    I don't think snaps will be strong enough and I agree they won't seal well. Should be able to make a channel out of small square tubing and cut a slit along it's length. You'll have to bend it just a bit to get the curvature correct through it's length (they are not completly straight at least on mine).
     
  7. May 21, 2007
    nickmil

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    They do but for late model only. The frames are narrower at the top so the channel is shorter. May still work though. A couple of years ago someone on this board did just that and said it worked ok....ymmv. Nickmil
     
  8. May 21, 2007
    jzeber

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    I have a very bent windshield frame that is going to salvage in a week or so if interested. The channel is fine. Minor rust on the bottom part of the frame.
     
  9. May 22, 2007
    PeteL

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    I had to convert my M38A1-C windsheild to accept a canvas top.

    A commercial canvas awning place sold the channel by the foot, I just attached it with screws. It's used a lot on RV's and trailers, too.

    Pete
     
  10. May 25, 2007
    PeteL

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    Mike, just curious - my NOS venting windshield has the full channel, as built, not snaps. Was yours modified, a factory option, or what?

    Pete
     
  11. May 25, 2007
    SandhillMike

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    Pete, the windshield doesn't appear to have ever had the channel. No way of telling if the snaps were factory or added later. Your guess is as good as mine.
     
  12. May 26, 2007
    PeteL

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    Interesting. Thanks.

    Pete
     
  13. May 26, 2007
    DanStew

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    i just looked at a pic of my venting windshield and it indeed had a channel
     
  14. May 27, 2007
    Hawkes

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    My '66 didn't have one. Tub was replaced, windshield frame might have been too.

    Paul
     
  15. May 27, 2007
    DanStew

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    Interesting bout the venting frame is it is pretty much a standard cj5 frame with cj2 pivots. You could make a custom inner frame and get a hinge for the top and you can make your very own frame :)
     
  16. May 27, 2007
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    I actually thought about this before I snagged mine. There is an aluminium "H" channel extrusion thats *almost* the right size available but bending the corners would be a BeeEyeTeaSeeH :cry:

    H.
     
  17. May 27, 2007
    dohc281

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    That would be cool to have. I've already got too many things to do on my list.
     

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