Hey Tom, If you can get a clamp on the pinch weld you could finish working it out. If you have a long metal straight edge you can check it to make sure it is straight. Let me know if you need help with it. I have a little experience with that stuff.
I've taken the frame off the jeep and moved to the workshop(basement), where I have a big bench vise and air conditioning. I've gotten most of the smash out of the frame by drilling holes in the top and hammering out the dent, and pulling on the top at the same time.
I will take it to a glass place as soon as I'm close. The rubber seal is in tough shape, it is 3 peices, I think it is only supose to be 2.
The glass places are a...racket...to be kind. I called a few and was quoted $196.30 by them all, to the penny. Just replaced a windshield in a classic '73 Fiat and paid $196.30 for it. Makes you wonder???
I made some calls...
There appears NOT to be a junk YJ anywhere in town. Used Yj parts are worth thier weight in gold.
I saw a used one on ebay with glass in it, but it was prolly going to sell for more than a new one would, don't understand this...
A new frame is about $200 with $125 shipping and $150 for paint. Glass is another $200, the rubber weartherstripping is another $100. Thats damm near $800.
Aren't credit cards sweet?
Took the windshield frame to Elite auto glass, and they said the frame is fine. It will hold glass just fine. It just needs a bit more tweaking.
This saves me cash.
They also told me NOT to get new weatherstripping that is all messed up, as they won't re-use it anyhow, the cost of install includes this.
This also saves me cash.
I might be able to get back on the road for cheap.
The cost of a windshield and a few little piddily crap things(windshield wiper, etc)
A big problem now is a rear view mirror, these babie are $$ and not sold in singles.
My fancy Poison spyder roll cage took quite a hit, I think it took the brunt of the impact. It is just a bit tweaked.
Who says roll cages are not worth having?? (even without rolling.)
The damage might of been worse without the cage. The cage around the windshield saved the jeep from ???