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post #1 of 5 Old 07-30-2021, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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CJ7 Hardtop year?

Bought a hard top from a 78 CJ7 to replace the hard top on my 78 CJ7. I noticed the one I’m replacing has a rear interior light trim (that’s my guess). The one I just bought does not. So does anyone know what year the hard tops stared coming with a rear interior trim piece for what I am guessing is a light

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2021, 06:59 AM
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I'm gonna say about 1980 or 81 was the first year for the interior light on the hardtop. It wasn't available on the one piece injection molded Polycarbonate plastic hardtops of 1976-80 years. When the three piece fiberglass hardtop was introduced, the interior light was added.

If you are looking for a replacement lens, buy one for a 60's-70's Chevy pickup cab interior light. They are the same.
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Thank you for that insight. You are right about the different material as well. The top with the light is fiberglass and the top I just bought is not.
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Yeah, I have a plastic hardtop and it is a little heavier. The mount flange is thicker where it sits on the tub, so OEM style bolts were too short. I had to buy longer bolts for it. The plastic hardtop doesn’t have any seams, it is all one peice, and the newer fiberglass tops have several seams, leading me to believe it was manufactured in separate pieces, and then bonded together.

I used to be able to pick up and move my fiberglass top from the Jeep to a set of saw horses, and back, alone by myself. There is no way I could do the same thing with this plastic top. Plus I’m too old to try it when I know even if I were to pull it off, I would pay the price the next day…lol

What’s wrong with the fiberglass top you are replacing?

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Where the rear meets the front, the fiberglass is cracked on both sides. It still will sit on top and doesn’t leak but the main reason is I didn’t have a rear window for it. The one I bought did and I didn’t have to worry about doing fiberglass repair on it either. All in all I got a better condition top with a rear window for $300 and I can recoup some money by selling the other.
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