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Focker's '71 CJ5 Drivable Build

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Focker, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Nov 3, 2016
    James Robbins

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    The only issue is if I remove them then I got holes to deal with....I agree and like the simplicity of just the fendor with no "junk"....
     
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  2. Nov 3, 2016
    Focker

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    What's the condition of the body and paint? If it's in need of repair or paint, plug them with welds, skim with puddy and paint.
     
  3. Nov 3, 2016
    James Robbins

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    I will check after I remove the 1st one and see what it looks like...
     
  4. Feb 23, 2017
    Focker

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    Getting back to the hard top.

    What do you guys say to replacing the missing glass with Plexi glass? I could avoid the glass shop(s) and do it myself.
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  5. Feb 23, 2017
    ITLKSEZ

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    Scratches are a real headache. It won't take long to be hazy. Maybe a modern scratch repair compound would make it worth it?
     
  6. Feb 23, 2017
    Focker

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    Good point Ryan, I considered the fading, but not the scratching. I've used Nu Finish for repairing scratches on plastic motorcycle tanks & pieces (Dual Sport days).
     
  7. Feb 23, 2017
    Focker

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    In the meantime I thought I would figure out the glass size needed. I don't want to remove the glass from the other piece in fear of breaking it. After installing the gasket in the window opening, I cut a cardboard strip down until it fit just right from top to bottom (16-7/16"). The measurement of the glass is 3/8" smaller in perimeter than the opening.

    I traced the opening onto the cardboard. Then was going to draw another line 3/8" inside of the outer line...But...
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    This is stupid, but cool. I took a AAA battery and used the nipple of it to run along the window frame. The nipple to the pencil tip was 3/8"...It was too easy (AA = 1/2" BTW).
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    Here's another cheesy measuring device I threw together to determine the thickness of the glass.
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    3/16" thick...Now I can have a piece of glass cut or try the Plexi idea.
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  8. Feb 24, 2017
    1957Willys

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    What about lexan? I don't think that will yellow and fade overtime?
     
  9. Feb 24, 2017
    Focker

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    Yeah...That too.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2017
    Focker

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    I went with the Lexan...Thanks 1957Willys. It's really strong and states it won't yellow...We'll see.

    A local shop that sells nothing but plastic sold me a piece for $26.
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    I used a jig saw. I'm glad I went this route vs glass because I had to trim it down after the initial cut.
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    The Trim Lok gasket is pretty cool. This was my first time using that style. I replaced the front split windows on my VW bus using the cord method.

    Hard to tell there's anything there. I hope I can get the rest of the glass looking this good.
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  11. Feb 24, 2017
    Framer Mike P

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    That looks great - Nice job! And I will remember the double a nipple scribe technique!
     
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  12. Feb 27, 2017
    ojgrsoi

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    Where did you get the seal?
     
  13. Feb 27, 2017
    Focker

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    It came with the top when I got it. You can get it by the foot online.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2017
    AlexCold

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    Really cool!!

    Polycarbonate (Makrolon/Lexan are product names, like Kleenex) scratches really easily as well but shouldn't fade at all. We use it a lot for my high school robotics team, so it's hardly ever perfect. The good news that is that it shows much less, and easily replaceable. We've never tried to polish it to clear it up so that might be an option.

    Two cool side benefits: You can thermo-form it (carefully not to overheat it and bubble it) and it comes in some tinted colors, so you could get a smoke tinted piece for less light intrusion.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2017
    wheelie

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    Nice work. I'll probably use glass whenever I get to my hardtop on the Tuxedo but, I've been wondering about the gasket. Thanks for sharing this.
     
  16. Feb 28, 2017
    1957Willys

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    That looks good my top didn't have door glass so I cut two pieces windows out of a piece of lexan that I found hanging out of the top of a dumpster it's alittle scuffed up in some places but it works.
     
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  17. Mar 5, 2017
    Focker

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    Dug the Jeep out and assembled the top. I bought "C" clamps from HF, but I don't trust that type of mounting. I ended up drilling into the Jeep and bolting it down.

    It was a pain...So I'll probably just paint it while it's mounted on the Jeep.
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    I made a strap mount to avoid drilling any new holes in the windshield frame.
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  18. Mar 6, 2017
    tymbom

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    I like the look of the side windows on your hard top... I've been considering enlarging the windows on mine, that settles it.
     
  19. Mar 12, 2017
    Focker

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    I got the glass and rubber molding super clean...Now getting ready for rattle can black.

    I'd be further along if I didn't stop to do the cross word puzzle on the right rear window. :D
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  20. Mar 13, 2017
    ITLKSEZ

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    That top looks good.

    We have a batch of baby chicks downstairs... it takes me a half hour to clean their pen every night because I get stuck reading the newspaper articles in their bedding. :rolleyes:
     
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