Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Fly Navy, Feb 11, 2015.
I've had some parts that I wanted to do that with.
Received the rest of the parts I was waiting on today and the old windshield frame will NOT work. The windshield area is much too small for the wiper arms and wipers.
So I will call the vendor Monday and at a minimum return this one. Still not sure if I should exchange it or try a different brand. This frame is an OMIX but from all the reviews I read prior to ordering the Crown versions had very similar reviews and at the time were a little more money. The MD Juan frames are more money still but I haven't found any reviews to make any judgement regarding their quality. Given that the reviews of OMIX and Crown windshield frames were so similar I just bought the one with the best price... perhaps I just got a bad copy?
Decisions, decisions.... Anyone out there have any experience with re-pop windshield frames?
yup and have all been problematic to some degree. it matters not where you get it it is at best a crap shoot I usually just fix whatever one they send unless as yours is its un useable.
Okay, OMIX windshield frame on the way back to where it came from. MD Juan frame on the way. Guess in the meantime I'll go ahead and fix that coolant leak I've been putting off and maybe build a bracket for the brake return spring... something I've also been putting off. I see a trend.
Looking at my to-do list I see it is increasingly made up of a bunch of annoying little things I've been putting off. Guess that means I'm almost done!
MD Juan frame has arrive and it is much better! By no means perfect... but much better. It will require some hammer and dolly work and some clean-up with a flap wheel but you can actually put a windshield in this one. It is also made of much heavier gauge material and to my surprise it came with upper hinges installed, windshield latches and a new cowl seal.
I mocked up the windshield wipers and motor last night to make sure everything fit. Today I'll see if I can't get it pulled back apart and prepped for paint.
Test the wipers? I’ve had issues with linkage binding on replacement frames.
I actually bought an adjustable linkage kit off of ebay just for that reason.
As usual, long past time for an update.
I did finally get the windshield frame all sorted and the windshield installed. Of course it wasn't until after I had the frame all painted that I realized it didn't clear my roll cage on the passengers side. A quick check with the tape measure showed the vent box at the bottom of the frame was a full half inch wider/deeper on the passenger side. Running out of patience I just clearanced it with a hammer. It's behind the cage. It'll just be our little secret.
I took time to modify the windshield clamps. I got the idea from a picture I saw somewhere... maybe on here somewhere. Regardless, this should hold it more securely than the old floppy clamps.
I also pulled the tailgate out of dead storage with the intent to fix it. I knew it had some rust but it was much, much worse than I remembered and the upper left hand corner was all cracked up so I bit the bullet and got a new one. It is a MD Juan tailgate I found for $130 without the "Willys" stamp, thinking I can always transplant the "Willys" from the old tailgate. But, wouldn't you know it, when it came yesterday in the mail I test fit it on the jeep and it doesn't fit! It is exactly a 1/4 inch too wide at the top.... Errr.
I debated on whether to trim the new tail gate to fit or use the bottom and top corner to repair the old one. Ultimately I decided to trim the new one down. So doing my best "Brooklyn Pony" impression, I took an 1/8 inch off one side.
Maybe I'll get the other side trimmed tomorrow.
Oh did I mention that this tailgate is only 18ga and not 16ga like the original? So I'm thinking about adding a little diamond plate to the back side to reinforce it. Not sure, we'll see.
My windshield was floppy also after installing four off-road lights. Added too much weight for the latches to hold. I made two braces coming off the top of the cage to the underside of the windshield frame. Set nutserts in the frame and threaded 1/4” bolts into those. I don’t even need latches anymore and can pull my top as tight as possible. Your project is looking good.
Finished trimming the other side of the tailgate this weekend and it fits like a glove. But being a glutton for punishment and not willing to be seen without the "Willys" on the tailgate, I cut out the only decent part of the old gate and started grafting it in.
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