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Unread 02-17-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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Replacement Hardware Whitco Top

I need some help finding the door frame rails for a factory whitco top. I have done a little bit of search and the only thing i have found is 250 dollars for the door frame rails on ebay, and thats just the 4 rails. Does anybody know where to get these parts or have any laying around for sale.

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Unread 02-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Soft top with soft doors or soft top with steel doors?

I have parts laying around for Whitco tops for CJ-7's equipped with factory steel doors.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 01:35 PM   #3
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It is soft top with soft full doors, would the parts for steel doors work at all?
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Do you have pictures of the parts you mean? I've spent some time searching recently for whitco parts for my 8, I imagine they overlap pretty well. If you haven't already, give Austin Jeeps a call, he has some parts but he knows what they're worth. I have another lead on a post-it at work, I can put up a link tomorrow.

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I have parts laying around for Whitco tops for CJ-7's equipped with factory steel doors.
Keith - parts just laying around? I'm trying to find windshield brackets and the metal door seals for hard doors on a soft top, got any of those?
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Looks like you mean these:


But what else? kgt0001 is a member over on CJ-8.com, might be worth hitting him up directly?
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Those are the exact parts im looking for but they are on ebay for 250. Am i crazy to think that is way to much to pay for these?.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 05:15 PM   #7
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Supply vs. demand. I would try to fabricate something before paying that much, or at least see if there's some aftermarket equivalent that you can get for cheaper. I know that Bestop sells individual pieces separately, if you could find parts for their top that would fit the bill for your whitco, you can call them and get a price, or search for those parts on eBay, etc.
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Keith - parts just laying around? I'm trying to find windshield brackets and the metal door seals for hard doors on a soft top, got any of those?
I gave away the two sockets for the horizontal bars that attach to the windshield frame but I may have another set around but need time to find as I'm away for a couple of weeks.

Metal door seals like item #11 & 12? Yes, I have a set of those as spares.

I have other parts to.

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I will check tomorrow, I know I have the two upper rails. Not sure about the verticals. Whatever I come up with I'll make you an offer you can't refuse.
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Looks like you mean these:


But what else? kgt0001 is a member over on CJ-8.com, might be worth hitting him up directly?
Back in 1993 when I bought my first CJ it came with a whitco soft top that was missing those pieces. The local Jeep dealership had one of the vertical rods (for around $15) and the others were unavailable. I took that one vertical rod to my local welder and he made me another one for the other side. The horizontal rods are easy to make too.

If you're looking for OEM parts you'll likely have to pay $$$, but you could make those pieces for little or nothing. Think my welder here charged me about $10/ piece to make those back in the day.....
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Sounds good bigmaaty, I look forward to hearing from you
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Sorry for the bad news. I was only able to find one of the upper rods tonight. Unfortunately my garage is tad disorganized at the moment(chronic hoarder). I will look again as my time permits. The one I found is yours if you want it. I know I have the other one, just don't know where. I will let you know.
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We really outta get someone here on the forum to reproduce these things and sell them.....
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