YJ hardtop revival - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > General Technical Discussions > Paint and Body > YJ hardtop revival

TeraFlex Now at Rockridge 4WD! BEST DEALS around!Alloy usa heavy duty ball joint kitsENGO QUADLUX 6" to 54" LED AMBER AND WHITE MULTI

Reply
Unread 10-03-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
CJs95YJ
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
YJ hardtop revival

Hey all,
If you are in the same mindset that I was in, your thinking that your hardtop is turning to ****? and it isn't ever going to look good again, or that odd echo in the cab with the hardtop on is a little to strange for you, then I am about to share some tips with you.

My top used to look like the first two pics.

I bought a 15'x6' roll of spearkerbox type carpet to use for a headliner, then removed everything, rust busted and reprinted it all. Then did a rust oleum roll on paint with a special texture roller. All in all cost me only a couple hundred including the paint, seals, carpet, glue, trim, and a wire brush.

The rest of the pics are the result. Hope this inspires some DIY restorations/upgrades!

image-890443168.jpg   image-3231254485.jpg   image-3929998239.jpg   image-825760982.jpg   image-1712524228.jpg  

image-1558733418.jpg   image-396076379.jpg   image-2775655686.jpg   image-1234958886.jpg   image-2240416995.jpg  

__________________
-Chad


Green 95 YJ, A.K.A "Marvin The Martian" or "the Piss Wagon"


|| ,[____],
l---L-([]lllll[])-
() ) () )-o-() )
CJs95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-05-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
honda250ex
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Cold Spring NY
Posts: 532
Very nice man came out good, hows the carpet holding up.. did you just spray glue it on?
__________________
It's better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a lamb.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/honda250exs-buildup-860712/
honda250ex is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-05-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
CJs95YJ
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
I used the adhesive that was recommended day the website. It is a spray adhesive for upholstery (basically glue). It is holding up nicely. It is more for the winter, so I haven't had it in the hot sun more than a few days at a time. The edges are wrapped with an edge trim so it won't be the where it fails... If it fails.
__________________
-Chad


Green 95 YJ, A.K.A "Marvin The Martian" or "the Piss Wagon"


|| ,[____],
l---L-([]lllll[])-
() ) () )-o-() )
CJs95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-17-2012, 11:53 AM   #4
Kalimba
Registered User
1988 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: el paso, tx
Posts: 8
That looks awesome, is it a little quieter inside with the headliner? I'm sure it will also keep you warmer in the winter. Thanks for sharing!!!! I'm getting ready to start cleaning up the interior in my YJ, throw some bedliner, restore the ol' hard top, etc...
__________________
1988 WRANGLER-5.7L 350 CHEVY-700R4 TRANNY-WAGGY D44 FRONT & REAR-LOCKRIGHT LOCKER FRONT & REAR-2 - M.O.R.E. TRACTION BAR - HELLA RALLYE 4000 55W HID CONVERSION, CUSTOM LIGHT CAGE.- 35" PROCOMP XTERRAIN.
Kalimba is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-18-2012, 07:43 AM   #5
gyrene
Registered User
1999 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: , MI
Posts: 20
Turned out nice. Great job!
gyrene is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-27-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
responder
Registered User
1994 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Prudhomme, SK
Posts: 332
That turned out real nice! Did you have trouble locating a source for the carpet material?
responder is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-27-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
CJs95YJ
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
The carpet is still a bit of an issue. I started turning these out for friends as well and I have yet to find a carpet that will run the full length. Right now the carpet I use runs all but 4inches of the length. It would look even better if I didn't have to splice in those last pieces. If anyone knows of a supplier that can deliver 8x8ft or larger I am all ears.
__________________
-Chad


Green 95 YJ, A.K.A "Marvin The Martian" or "the Piss Wagon"


|| ,[____],
l---L-([]lllll[])-
() ) () )-o-() )
CJs95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
PROJECT 23
Registered User
1985 CJ7 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio
Posts: 2,401
Turned out nice. The best part of the project appears to be your little buddy in the co-pilot seat with the look that says "Put the damn camera down and let's get on the road. I have some fresh air to sniff".......
__________________
[B][COLOR="DarkRed"]Gone Fishin'[/COLOR][/B]
PROJECT 23 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 10-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
CJs95YJ
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by PROJECT 23
Turned out nice. The best part of the project appears to be your little buddy in the co-pilot seat with the look that says "Put the damn camera down and let's get on the road. I have some fresh air to sniff".......
Yup, she loves rides in the jeep. It isa blast watching her bounce around to sniff out the back, the rear sides, and the passenger seat... She knows when the jeep comes out that either she is going to be sitting in it all day as I fix something, or we are going for a ride.
__________________
-Chad


Green 95 YJ, A.K.A "Marvin The Martian" or "the Piss Wagon"


|| ,[____],
l---L-([]lllll[])-
() ) () )-o-() )
CJs95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-02-2012, 10:20 AM   #10
ldbackdfk
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: brantley, alabama
Posts: 8
Top looks awesome! Since you guys are on the subject I'm having an issue with mine you guys might can give me some pointers on. I just bought a hardtop for my TJ ( a used one ) and my upper doors don't fit very good at all. The rubber seal rolls out and the doors are hard to close. This is my first hardtop, I've had 3 different jeeps over the years so I really don't know how these tops fit. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
ldbackdfk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-02-2012, 11:08 PM   #11
CJs95YJ
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by ldbackdfk
Top looks awesome! Since you guys are on the subject I'm having an issue with mine you guys might can give me some pointers on. I just bought a hardtop for my TJ ( a used one ) and my upper doors don't fit very good at all. The rubber seal rolls out and the doors are hard to close. This is my first hardtop, I've had 3 different jeeps over the years so I really don't know how these tops fit. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
There are are couple things you can do....

I don't know if it is the same on a TJ, but as far as I know on a YJ, you can adjust the angle of the windshield to perfectly align with the leading edge of the door. This will also move the top forward or backward. This is done by loosening the bolt on the bars running from the roll bar to the windshield, adjust to fit, then tighten.

As for it being hard to close, the door top could need a little tweak, or bend if you will, if they are used tops.

Could you send pictures depicting the problem? It will help in trying to figure it out.
__________________
-Chad


Green 95 YJ, A.K.A "Marvin The Martian" or "the Piss Wagon"


|| ,[____],
l---L-([]lllll[])-
() ) () )-o-() )
CJs95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #12
ldbackdfk
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: brantley, alabama
Posts: 8
Thanks for the reply. The upper doors are the original I actually have a pair of vinyl uppers and glass. I'm having the same trouble with both. It's fine with the soft top, just doesn't fit well with the hard top. The front edge fits pretty good it's the back where the trouble is. I'll see if there is any adjustments I can do to the windshield. I tried to attach some pics, not sure if it worked.
image-2435071580.jpg   image-2062547825.jpg   image-4001257448.jpg  
ldbackdfk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools






Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.