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post #1 of 10 Old 12-06-2018, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Let the Build Begin

1980 Jeep CJ 7 i6 Auto

Completed
-YJ conversion just completed
-31" BFG AT Tires
-New Carpet
-New Seats
-New Carb
-Full Exhaust incl Cat

Parts Sitting Waiting to be installed
-Side Steps
-Rocker Guards
-Warn Rear Bumper
-Warn Front Bumper
-Window Tint 3 Back windows
-Warn Winch
-Tire Carrier

Labor planned
-Hard Top Paint
-Fender Flares (Black)
-Cut Wax

Should the hardtop be black or grey? What would the factory color be?

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-06-2018, 09:29 PM
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Looks great the way it sits Razor. I think black.
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I think this was a dealer install, not a factory install?

I have seen them in a basic color such as white, a vinyl roof (often brown) and painted to match the vehicle. There is no hard and fast factory rule on your hardtop so go with what you like.

The dark grey is hard to contrast with a color as it is a shade, so I suggest another shade from black through white. a matching grey would look splendid, white a bit odd and black would maybe make it look shorter. I plump for grey to match.

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I think this was a dealer install, not a factory install?

I have seen them in a basic color such as white, a vinyl roof (often brown) and painted to match the vehicle. There is no hard and fast factory rule on your hardtop so go with what you like.

The dark grey is hard to contrast with a color as it is a shade, so I suggest another shade from black through white. a matching grey would look splendid, white a bit odd and black would maybe make it look shorter. I plump for grey to match.
I am not sure if it was a dealer or a factory install, the codes didn't tell me much off the vin and tag.

I was thinking same color grey but maybe 2 shades darker.
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HI, from what paint I can see it looks like your top was Factory installed (I don't think many built in the 80's would be without a top) and in body color.
good luck
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-07-2018, 06:22 AM
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If you are thinking about keeping the hard top black i would suggest restoring it and not painting over it.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Flood-Pe...4-04/100130893

This stuff cleans up the top well, gets back that black color and gives it a shine
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I'd go black on the top. Never cared for the matching colored tops, because they never truly matched. Also, use satin, not gloss. You can rattle can it, but a 2-part automotive paint, specifically blended for fiberglass tops, will last much longer.

Don't paint your fender flares, it won't last more than few months. Trust me. Instead, go to Walmart and pick up some black Kiwi shoe dye. Put 2-3 coats on, allowing to dry completely and buff between coats. I did mine that way almost 2 years ago, and they still look like the pic below.

Good luck,

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Has anyone done a Winter Camo Wrap on their CJ7? Would love to see pictures.
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Updating my build:
Completed:
-OME Suspension and YJ Conversion
-Exhaust
-Hardtop repaired and painted
-Side Steps
-31" BFG AT/TA KO2
-Most Black parts powder coated
-Window Tint
-New Carb - Cannot seem to get to run correctly so....(Howell FI on order)
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I finally got most of the upgrades completed, never ended up doing the FI as a friend said I should drive it around for awhile before I decide on an engine swap.

Next order of business is Fender Flares, Black Mirrors, LED lights with Black Bezels, Remove some surface rust off some underbody parts and clean in the wheel wells. Looking for stock seats!
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