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Unread 09-05-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Got the "new" '78 into the shop. A few questions...

OK. Got the "new" '78 home to the shop, and dropped the gas tank, which I knew was leaking when I bought it. New tank, vent, and filler hose ordered and on it's way. Since I can now take a look at it up close I have a few issues and questions.

1. Is there any reason why the fuel lines to the tank can't be 3 inches longer ? Hopefully I'll never have to drop this sucker again, but I would think 3" would "curl" up nicely under there and allow old arthritic hands a little more space to work with.

2. The WORST rust on the WHOLE damn thing is on the passenger side of the windshield frame. (see pics). After I laid the windshield down, I thought I could repair it, but it goes further than initially thought. I'm thinking I should just get a replacement ? Any recommendations or ones to stay away from ??

3. The dash is cracked and peeling. (see pics) Can these be re-covered or stripped, or just replace it with a generic black one ??

4. This is the "Levi's" edition. I am going to have to recover ALL three seats. Holy cr&p, are those Levi "buttons" really selling for $30.00 plus a pop on Ebay ???? While I would like to keep it original, that would pay for a LOT of misc parts.

Thanks in advance.....

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Unread 09-05-2014, 06:14 PM   #2
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I don't see any reason a longer fuel line should be a problem. The other two issues, I really can't help you. My '77 CJ5 is a Levi's Edition but the original seats are long gone. It also just has a steel dash.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Yes they really do get that much for Levis buttons. That's your call, but be aware if you want some after yours are gone, I'm not aware of any knockoffs being made.

Yes the dash pad can be replaced, but many take them off because they trap water which causes the windshield frame to rust. They're available online.

And if you can't repair it, the opinion of most seems to be to find another factory windshield as the aftermarket is hit and miss.

And as long as you don't kink them, I can't think of a reason not to give yourself enough hose to drop the tank more easily next time.
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Unread 09-06-2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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Yes they really do get that much for Levis buttons. That's your call, but be aware if you want some after yours are gone, I'm not aware of any knockoffs being made.

Yes the dash pad can be replaced, but many take them off because they trap water which causes the windshield frame to rust. They're available online.

And if you can't repair it, the opinion of most seems to be to find another factory windshield as the aftermarket is hit and miss.
Thanks. So I take it that you think the windshield frame is fixable ? I may give it a shot over the winter, worst that could happen is that I have to order a new frame.

As for the buttons, I think I'll hang onto them for awhile, even if I don't use them on the seat recover project.
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Unread 09-06-2014, 10:43 AM   #5
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I don't know if it's fixable or not. I couldn't do it and I'd almost bet most guys in a collision shop can't either. Perhaps someone in a restoration shop could, but I'd also almost bet it would be cheaper to replace it.

I've dealt with these guys in Antelope, CA (by Sacramento) and they don't sell junk. They have the advantage of the California climate for them. J&W Auto Wreckers: http://www.jwjeep.com/ . I'm sure there's others around. You'll undoubtedly pay a yard more than someone on Craigslist, but you might have a cleaner windshield in the end.
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Thanks, I'll check them out. I think I'll clean the rust out and drive it for the small amount of time we have left before the snow flies. No top (for now).
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