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Unread 06-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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'87 YJ Hardtop Latch Removal

I am trying to take apart the rear glass latch section and cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the latch assembly apart? Here is a picture:

Need to try and get this apart as one of the screws is rusted and broke off. I can not find any set screw or other means to separate the "T" handle (outside) from the backing plate on the inside???

Thanks for any help.

1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.

My build thread: [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/my-very-slow-87-yj-build-thread-1137667/[/url]
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Unread 06-04-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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mine rusted in half so i cannot help on this part
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Unread 06-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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I believe you need to drill out the 2 screws on the outside and the T handle will pull out and expose interior mounting plate.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 09:06 AM   #4
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I had to drill the two studs out and then soak the mechanism in pb and beat it with a hammer to get the square shaft out
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