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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Is the cowl flat or is there a slight angle?

I'm trying to fit a new cowl seal between a new philippines repli-tub and an aftermarket windshield frame - the leak-proofing game gets even harder with this combination. But before it start to put lots of sealant on every possible spot i would like to get the basics right: Is the top-cowl-section of the oem-body leveled and straight or does it have a slight angle?

On my repli-tub the back edge of the cowl is a bit higher than the front edge as you can see on the picture. Thanks for your help



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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:23 PM   #2
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The windshield frame-cowl seal will make up any difference between the two. I put a small bead of black RTV under the top-outside edge of the seal to keep it stuck to the windshield frame. I also sealed the hinges to the windshield frame to keep any water out from under them as well.



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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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My brain kept thinking about this and I finally had to go out and check my spare tub to see. The angle is the same as yours.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #4
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I'm trying to fit a new cowl seal between a new philippines repli-tub and an aftermarket windshield frame - the leak-proofing game gets even harder with this combination. But before it start to put lots of sealant on every possible spot i would like to get the basics right: Is the top-cowl-section of the oem-body leveled and straight or does it have a slight angle?

On my repli-tub the back edge of the cowl is a bit higher than the front edge as you can see on the picture. Thanks for your help
Strange, my repli-tub (bought in 2006) was pretty much level, as was the original. Heck, that was about the only thing the two had in common. These pictures may not be to clear but best I could find. First is the original (fresh sand blast color), second is the repli-tub (yellow).

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Unread 01-05-2014, 10:17 PM   #5
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My spare tub is an original, from the factory tub from a 1982. It is slightly angled..
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Unread 01-06-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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So that's one vote for flat and one vote for slightly angled. Anyone else?
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Unread 01-06-2014, 03:58 PM   #7
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Both my 84 OEM tub and MD Juan Philippine tub are both level.

OEM tub:


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So that's one vote for flat and one vote for slightly angled. Anyone else?
Counting yours, it's tied up at 2-2. Maybe a coin toss for the tie breaker?

Are you having problems with leaking, or just concerned about fitment? Like 82JeepCJ7 mentioned the cowl seal should make up the difference, but test fitting should confirm that. My biggest problem was the width of the repli-tub at the windshield was about 5/16" less than the original and the aftermarket windshield frame. This made the fitment of the hinges a problem. I had to weld side plates to the tub to increase the width.

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Unread 01-07-2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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The Jeep gets currently restored and hasn't seen the streets since two and a half years, so no leaking there. The first cowl seal i tried was so stiff at the hinge parts, that i couldn't fold the windshield back and get enough pressure for the middle part at the same. With the new seal - thanks to keith for this shopping hint - it's much better. Still theres is a slight gap in the middle probably because the windshield frame ist bent inwards at this section. It think i will put some thin rubber strip or some weatherstrip caulk there. No issuse with the body being not wide enough on my repli-tub
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Unread 01-07-2014, 11:56 AM   #10
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Just curious (I don't think I read it in earlier posts)...what "shopping hint" did Keith give?
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Unread 01-07-2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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The shopping hint was not in this thread. If you search for "best cowl seal" on ebay you will find the best cowl seal. And it will be easier for you than for me. Because the seller doesn't ship outside the country I needed the help of a michigan friend to get it to austria.
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Unread 01-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #12
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Thanks Vienna
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Unread 01-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #13
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the seller is called cjlaredo if you don't find it
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