got my 85 cj7 a few months ago, and am planning on putting the hardtop on soon- my tj didn't have a hard top, so this is new to me- i thought it would be pretty simple, but i noticed where the top rests on the windshield, there are holes- however, the previous owner put a fiberglass windshield frame in. there are no holes in it. do i have to drill holes, or is the frame just no good for a hard top?
Yes you need to drill. Put the top on, mark holes, remove top, then drill. Maybe you can drill with it on there, but I couldn't because of my roll cage.
Everything held up fine for about 4 yrs of on/off. Then the holes started stripping. I made a thin plate that sandwiches the windshield frame. I think you can buy these, but I made mine.
1977 CJ-7 with Ford 302 engine
2.5 inch springs Matkins Frame with 1.5 inch body lift and all Fiberglass body D30/M20 w/3.54 gears, Moser 1-piece and Rear Aussie Locker, Jeep T-18w/Dana 20 and 35" tires Dual Flowmaster Exhaust, 6 point roll cage, OBA and a bunch of other stuff. MY RIG
the 4wd catalog shows a fiberglass body that has the holes pre-drilled, with the "sleeves" (i don't know what else to call them) that the bolts would be threaded into. i'm wondering if i can drill a hole, insert the threaded sleeve (secure it somehow), and be all set. i'm probably better off just getting a steel windshield frame anyways!