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Unread 05-19-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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CJ5 hardtop questions

Hey guys,

I have an opportunity to buy a used 1976 CJ5 hardtop and doors for $600 obo. May need repainted and one of the door handles is missing. There is also no mounting hardware, but I was reading I could just get something from any hardware store.

My Jeep is a CJ5 1983, If I am correct the 76 tops will fit all the later years.

I was reading other threads and it sounds like 600 is a fair price, but then I came along something odd....

One guy said there can be an issue with the tailgates, and whether the top will work with it or not.

He said that the 80-83 cj5s do not have tailgates..... but my orignal 1983 CJ5 does have a tailgate.

Am I missing something?

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Unread 05-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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Usually the top will have a bulge on the bottom of the rear window to fit a tail gate.
Post a picture of your top.. Just about all Steel top have them.

Easier to put it on all tops but make it fit those without. Even my Supertop has the flap for a tail gate and just put on an adapter if you don't
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Unread 05-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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Here is the Ebay add for it. Its a fiberglass top.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251271948291...84.m1438.l2649

He has a few pictures there of it.

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Unread 05-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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Same as mine




See the lip at the bottom of the rear hatch? that's to clear the tailgate.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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Bet he sold the hard top to fit it in the garage...
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Unread 05-19-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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Oh I see so this would work! Thanks. What would you think a good offer would be? Oh and I think he also mentioned he is selling the jeep too.

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Unread 05-20-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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I paid $500 for mine.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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I just paid $450 for it. I think its a good deal, just have to buy some nuts and bolts for the mounting and a new door handle. Thanks for the help.

Hey does the stock roll bar need to be removed for top to fit or will it got right over it?

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Unread 05-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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It will go over the top of the rollbar. That's a great price on that top. You can't buy a decent used softtop for that much these days.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 03:32 AM   #10
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Might want to grab a beer and chips and read through this post. It has a lot of good tips on this type of top.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/pi...ardtop-844844/
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Unread 05-21-2013, 09:47 AM   #11
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FYI, he offered me $550 for the same top (Chicago pickup right?). I passed so I could focus on more important repairs.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:54 PM   #12
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Yea your right. It is a 3 hour drive for me, but I could not find any elsewhere. I offered $400 and he told me $450 firm.

I am getting a hardtop because my jeep is going to become my daily for a while.... And when winter comes we get about 2 feet of snow and I dont want that sittin on my soft top. Also I have to drive on the highway to work everyday and my soft top has some weak seems so Im afraid it would just blow off.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #13
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You will like it once you get it all fixed up.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #14
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Yea I think so. Thanks for your help. Hey I was lookin at the thread with all the hardtop info. I would like to use clasps to secure my top down, seem easier and faster than bolts. You gave a link as to where they could be found but the link isnt working anymore. You said the top is about like yours. Where did you get the clasps? Or did you use bolts and only a clasp on the front.

The other guy said he got all his stuff from Austin hardware, but I cant find it on their site...

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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:14 AM   #15
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The way mine mounts is different. It has screws on the front that hold the top down there. so I just used screws all around.
If the bottom edge of yours is sealed (mine is open) then clasps would be nicer.

For the slam latches?
http://www.eberhard.com/details/pass...nts/206-series

http://www.eberhard.com/details/pass...nts/207-series

Not sure the difference between the 206 and 207 series.

Looks li9ke you can order online but Best to call them...
Mine ran $60.00 Each
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