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Unread 08-19-2007, 08:09 PM   #1
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Repairing the damage

I have started repairing the damage I incured at Hidden valley.


Not sure if a new hood is in the near future . So spent a while with scratch remover rub and rubbing compound and it looks better. Got a hammer and shoe to it and am working on the dents.


The windshield frame is a different subject.


I think I will see if the bend in this one can be worked with. We were able to get a good amount of the bend out but will retry and see what happens.


The rubber wetherstripping/seal that holds in the glass is in rough shape.

I thought I should take to a glass shop and see what they say about the windshield frame and it holding glass in the future.

Also a tera low is comming this week so that will have to be delt with, might as well do it in this repair. I might be down for a couple weeks...right in the heart of the season.

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Unread 08-19-2007, 08:15 PM   #2
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that hood is looking 100x better! hopefully the windshield frame is able to be put back in shape.
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Unread 08-19-2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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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.

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Unread 08-20-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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Don,

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???
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Unread 08-20-2007, 08:34 PM   #5
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what in the world happened? Did your hand give out this time?....sorry bad joke.
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Unread 08-20-2007, 10:26 PM   #6
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Hey man, for having your jeep crash into a tree, I would say it is looking pretty good!

Why not just replace the windshield frame? They aren't that expensive, are they?

The hood looks really good.
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Unread 08-21-2007, 08:07 AM   #7
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Would a u-pull lot have any YJs?
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Unread 08-21-2007, 08:25 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 10:14 AM   #9
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I got some good news yesterday...

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 ???
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Unread 08-22-2007, 10:34 AM   #10
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Definitely good news Tom. The Molly repercussions could have been very bad if you didn't have the cage. I'm sure there would have been quite a bit more debris flying around the cab
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