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post #1 of 261 Old 12-06-2015, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield frame restoration...sit back!!

The other day, I bought a used factory CJ windshield frame. I want to restore it, and replace the current frame on my DD CJ5.

This way, there will be no down time.

I was tickled pink to find an original frame in this good of condition. I want to restore it as best as I can.

Here's the frame...



















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Time to strip it down...





















Cutting the old seal to remove the glass...





After you get some cut, you can just pull the rest...



Glass is loose...







This is interesting...419L ...but BACKWARDS!







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I think you bought the last nice one in the United States.

I call it a distributor, not a dizzy.
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So...that's what I'm working with. I want to completely strip it down, remove as much of the rust as I can, do whatever repairs are needed then paint it black.

So, how do I get the rust removed? Well, I've researched two methods....

The molasses method...

http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/ru...t_molasses.htm

...and the electrolysis method...

http://www.rowand.net/Shop/Tools/Electrolysis.htm

There are many other links on each one of these methods, and I anguished over which one I would try. I settled on the electrolysis method...for two main reasons. It's a little quicker, and it doesn't stink as much!

Both methods require a tank. So, yesterday, I started to build one. I finished the basic tank today...











I got a coat of primer on it tonight. I figured that I might as well prime and paint it, because I'll have to store it outside when I'm done with it. This way, it'll last longer (hopefully).



The box measures 6' x 3' x 8.5" deep. The windshield frame is 5' x 2' x 3" (approx.). Lots of glue and screws!

So...I've ordered a vinyl pond liner to line the box with. I'll set it in the box, and build a retainer out of wood to hold it in place.

Instead of using a battery charger to produce the current, I'm going to use a small DC welding machine.

This project is going to take a while, so bear with me!

Rich

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This will be interesting. Rich you will need to protect the metal on the inside. What's the plan there?


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This will be interesting. Rich you will need to protect the metal on the inside. What's the plan there?
I'm going to use this, Jim...

http://www.eastwood.com/internal-fra...ay-nozzle.html

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Watching this one.


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Looking good.
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Mm-mm-mmm. With your skills you might save this windshield. Good luck, Rich. I worked so hard on Clay's, but it didn't last. I hope you have much better results.


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You get that frame on ebay a few weeks ago? I was watching one like it
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Out of curiosity, what is the name on the windshield itself? The Manufacturer Brand?
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post #12 of 261 Old 12-07-2015, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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You get that frame on ebay a few weeks ago? I was watching one like it
I bought this locally on Craigslist.

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Out of curiosity, what is the name on the windshield itself? The Manufacturer Brand?
There is NO name on the frame. It's an original frame off of a 1976-1986 CJ.
They didn't put a name on them...

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Mm-mm-mmm. With your skills you might save this windshield. Good luck, Rich. I worked so hard on Clay's, but it didn't last. I hope you have much better results.

Well, Scott...in your defense...I think that your frame was in much worse shape than this one. Hopefully I won't have to do any welding on it, other than maybe filling in a small hole or two.

That's why I'm going to submerge it...to hopefully get the rust out of the nooks and crannies.

I'm a realist enough to know that this thing won't be 100% rust free in the end, but I'm also curious enough to see what I end up with.

Basically, I want to give it the best chance that I can.

Rich

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Nice write up! keep going !!!!!

May be not a mistake in USA but it is not a great idea to cut the glass seal IF in good condition:

Every new seal I've found was for 84-86 windshield : thiner than ealier one and didn't fit at all, thanks god my original one was in good conditions...

Hope don't have this issue or/and let me know where you find the correct one...

EDIT: I've just read, right now it's a CJ5 not sure it is applicable ...

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Nice find Rich. This is going to be interesting hope it all works out well, never have seen anything like this process before.
One thing I ponder considering the salt back east is why guys don't have there frames and the like sand blasted tanked and hot dipped galvanized. I know the windshield frame is thin for blasting and the inside never gets done but what about after the bath?
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