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post #196 of 347 Old 05-01-2011, 10:55 PM
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Hussler, great thread! This one has definitely sucked me in, haha. Are you planning on just using those latches on the inside of the cab to secure the top on? Will the plywood be solid enough for the latch to mount to or are you planning on bracing it up with some steel? My vote goes for those last ones you posted up. I'm a sucker for buttons of any kind, lol.

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post #197 of 347 Old 05-01-2011, 11:05 PM
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ha ha i did it for myself so i can keep track of your progress just by going to my cp, and so maybe others will follow your progress to....nice job on the build so far cant wait to see the finished product.
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Hussler, great thread! This one has definitely sucked me in, haha. Are you planning on just using those latches on the inside of the cab to secure the top on? Will the plywood be solid enough for the latch to mount to or are you planning on bracing it up with some steel? My vote goes for those last ones you posted up. I'm a sucker for buttons of any kind, lol.
Hey,
I'm planning on 11 latches holding the whole thing together.
3 holding the passenger side to the drivers side.
2 in the front holding the driver and pass to the windshield support
2 on either side
2 in the back.

I will end up making a cradle on top of the roll bar for snow load (and rolling ) purposes that will support part of the roof.

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ha ha i did it for myself so i can keep track of your progress just by going to my cp, and so maybe others will follow your progress to....nice job on the build so far cant wait to see the finished product.
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post #200 of 347 Old 05-01-2011, 11:53 PM
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I love the progress. Sucks about your ER trip.

I also think you made a good choice with those screws. I've gotten very familiar with them in the past couple months, due to remodeling my kitchen and bathroom.

Keep up the great work.

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post #201 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Didnt get much done today. Shaved the pass side to fit the roof (as seen in pic), then went off to EVERY hard ware store in search of high quality latches. No dice.

I did buy:
1 quart sunrise red rustoliem
hvlp paint kit from harbor freight
respirator from home depot
1 gallon resin (i ran out)
sandpaper


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post #202 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and all you posters and non poster alike, search for "adjustable draw latches" on amazon and tell me what you like, I'm picking a set out by 12pm tonight. I'd like to keep it under 25 per latch, I think I know what I want but i want to see some opinions

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post #203 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm getting these. They are heavy duty enough but importantly, the handle doesnt have much curvature.

And that only puts me at 130 dollars for latches
http://www.amazon.com/STA-CO-323-Action-Threaded-U-Bolt/dp/B0006NC612/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

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post #204 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 07:11 PM
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I GUESS you could go that route.... If it were ME though. I would probably go with these from Grainger....

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/DES...4&ci_sku=3CXG1
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post #205 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hahaha those suckers are over 9 inches long! Remember, my setups made out of fiberglass and plywood, not wrought iron and titanium

Besides, if I got the 700 pound test ones I could technically air lift the Jeep by the hard top!

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post #206 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 07:39 PM
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yeah, I was just kidding

I like the ones you picked. ORER THEM ALREADY, so you can get this thing together this weekend.
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post #207 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well i ordered the 11 dollar latches, so 120 bucks for LATCHES. Oh well, at least thats out of the way.

Hope to have the tops be 100% ready for paint by the end of tomorrow

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post #208 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 09:03 PM
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So, what are you looking at total? $250-$300? That's better than the $1000 rag top that I would LOVE to pick up. Just need to find that spare $1000 I had laying around here somewhere
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post #209 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm not including tools I bought

1/2" pressure treated 4x8 plywood $34
Fiberglass truck cap $50
2 gallons fiberglass resin $70
2 4x4 sheets fiberglass $13
4 door seals (roof seals )-used $24
5 foot sch-40 .25 wall $33
1/8 rivets $9
1 quart red rusto $9
8 latches $120

Total 362

And it will prob end up being in the 450 range by the time im done.

Absolutely worth it.

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post #210 of 347 Old 05-02-2011, 09:21 PM
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Question... if you cut out the whole top....not chop top, but kind of how you did it...., caged it, and wanted to just put sheet metal sections connecting to the cage.... how would you attach them?
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