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Unread 12-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #61
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Oh and p.s. I forgot to mention! Wear some rubber gloves! a resprirator and some safety goggles. Fiberglass is irrative to the skin/eyes if you didn't already know.

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Unread 12-23-2008, 12:04 AM   #62
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freaking awesome so far!!! keep it going!
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Unread 12-23-2008, 02:12 AM   #63
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This is probably my favorite thread here.
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Unread 12-23-2008, 02:06 PM   #64
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best thread in a while
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Unread 12-24-2008, 01:10 AM   #65
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more please
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Unread 12-24-2008, 01:53 PM   #66
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Will do, I'm taking a 2 day X-mas eve and X-mas day break. Expect updates on friday night.
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Unread 12-25-2008, 08:53 AM   #67
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Wow, can't wait to see this done. Looks like you're doing it right.
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Unread 12-26-2008, 06:03 PM   #68
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Hey everyone, well, as promised, its Friday night and here are some update pictures. I was only able to work on the project for a few hours today so I got everything prepped out, and then got the first layer of fiberglass laid on today.

So I pulled the Jeep inside the shop today and pulled off the tarp, then I put down a large sheet of drop cloth so that just in case I got any resin dripped then it would be really easy to clean up, however not any even got on it.



Then I ran a layer of 18" wide aluminum foil across the center stretch, and then ran some cardboard (over the flat area) and some posterboard (over the curves) to help keep the aluminum from sagging. (The aluminum foil is to help release the fiberglass/resin from the cardboard)




As you can see in the picture from underneath, the cardboard still sagged a little bit, so I propped up some Surveyor Stakes to help keep it up. This helped a ton and made the top pretty straight and even.



Then I mixed up some resin per instruction on the can, and then laid the first layer of fiberglass. It turned out pretty well and is a good foundation for the rest of the layers.




Here is one more picture of kinda what to expect. Keep in mind the holes for the side windows will be filled in and cut out alot smaller to resemble a stock LJ top and will all look proportionate.


Sorry again that much didn't get done today. I don't have anything planned for tomorrow, and the first layer and the setup are already done so I should be able to get a lot more done tomorrow, and will post up more pics tomorrow. Thanks for looking!
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Unread 12-26-2008, 06:26 PM   #69
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Here is one more picture of kinda what to expect. Keep in mind the holes for the side windows will be filled in and cut out alot smaller to resemble a stock LJ top and will all look proportionate.
I like it with windows the size of the current opening
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Unread 12-26-2008, 11:30 PM   #70
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Unread 12-27-2008, 01:01 AM   #71
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looking great!!!! Nice work!!!
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Unread 12-27-2008, 01:28 AM   #72
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I like it with windows the size of the current opening
Yeah I agree it looks decent in that picture, however I am going to be painting the hardtop red (2008 GM Victory Red to be exact) and have the windows tinted pretty dark, not quite limo but maybe 20%, and so I think it would look just too wierd if it had that big of a black window on a red top. I will probably go a little bit bigger (on the bottom side of the window) than the LJ hard-top window. (this is kinda what I mean about painting it- this is UPnOVER's YJ, this is kinda the look I am going for on my top/paint scheme)



Oh and p.s. THANKS EVERYONE WHO HAS COMPLIMENTED MY BUILD!
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Unread 12-27-2008, 02:52 PM   #73
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This is coming along nicely. I'll be following along.
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Unread 12-27-2008, 02:59 PM   #74
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Great work man, I love seeing threads like this.
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Unread 12-27-2008, 05:45 PM   #75
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Okay well I got some more fiberglass done today. I mainly worked on connecting the two parts below the window, but I got another few layers up top as well. I will only post two small pictures because fiberglass doesn't really look like a very noticeable change very quickly. I'll still be working on it but I will probably not post any progress pictures until something starts to look noticieably different. Man this stuff is messy. And takes a long time

Drivers-side


Passenger-side
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