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Unread 11-15-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Getting cold! Need CJ7 Hardtop help fast!

Its gettin cold fast and I need to get my hardtop put on but the holes in the front metal retaining strip are wallowed out and the thing is rusted up, and one of the fiberglass holes for the rivets is destroyed, so I need to get a fiberglass patch kit and try and reconstruct that one hole.

The real question is... is there a better way to secure the front of the hardtop other than those damn screws? I had a quadratec hardtop reinforcement kit on another CJ7 but wasn't very impressed... what about some type of tension latch? Something like on the front of small tool boxes, there's a latch on each side? Or some kind of buckle system... idk? Help?

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Unread 11-15-2011, 01:55 PM   #2
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I had similar problem. I ended up securing the strip with some large screws instead of rivets because of how molested all of the holes for them were. I wouldn't worry much about strength. I ran the top for a month before I screwed the strip to the windshield . Top didn't move at all. Why fix it if it ain't broken?
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How about color co-ordinated duct tape?
I don't know that you can repair it too well, being so close to the edge. What about putting a metal backer (thin 20 or 22 ga.) on the backside of the fiberglass, then drill new holes and put in new rivets thru all 3 pcs.
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Unread 11-15-2011, 03:12 PM   #4
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dont they have a quick release kit for the tops now, similar to the new jeep tops?
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Unread 11-15-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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I like your thinking! I already thought about and planned on a metal backer for the rivets on the backside of the fiberglass edge.
Yes they do make a quick release kit... but its expensive... and id rather just do away with the screws holding down the top and just have like 3 or 4 latches across the top. Instead of the just 2 on the sides with the rest being thumb screws in the "quick release kit"
Also the long metal strip that's all rusted and torn up that attaches the hardtop to the windshield... what can I replace this with??? I was looking at an aluminum carpet bar that's exactly the same bend but needs to be trimmed to length, and a tad narrower.
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