Here are some things that are going on.
How do I paint the patch job around the side-marker light? Do I mask off the area, hit it with primer, and repaint it?? Seems like it would make edges. Not sure what to do. The primer is a high build primer and the paint is single stage paint. I have only a handful left.
The 2nd pic is showing some rubber I bought to use as spacers between the A Pillar and the WS frame. They are pushed into place and very tightly held by the WS pressure. I'm hoping this is enough to keep the WS from flexing in the wind and recracking my cowl. No way to make a bracket and fasten the frame to the cage.
The 3rd pic is the hood, finally, on the Jeep. It is just siting there. Honey went to town tonight to get bolts for me (and hotdog buns!), but Lowes doesn't carry flange head bolts??? You gotta be kidding...
Hopefully the rubber will do the trick. In the event that it keeps falling out, could you possibly insert a piece of metal, about the same size as the rubber, and tack it to the frame, and to the rollbar?
I know that that would make it pretty much permanent, and that if you ever wanted to remove the roll cage, you'd have to cut the tacks, but do you think that you'll be removing the cage any time soon? I would guess (and hope!) not.
Or, better yet, could you glue the rubber to the windshield frame? That way, it shouldn't be able to fall out.
As far as the flanged head bolts goes, those are typically used in an automotive or industrial setting. Those big box home improvement stores don't carry a wide variety of stuff like that.
Those are more of a Tractor Supply, Mc-Master-Carr, Graingers, and some auto parts stores (starter bolts, alternator bolts, and the like...).
Can't help you much with the paint repair, but I don't think that masking off the area is the best solution. I'm sure that other auto body guys will chime in.