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post #1 of 24 Old 05-27-2021, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Will this hurt the value of my Jeep

I have an 84' CJ7 Laredo w less than 25,000 miles. Clean, original, and unmolested. The Carter carb still operates like new.

It currently has a hardtop. My wife wants to put a bikini top on it but I would have to drill holes for the windshield channel in order to install the top. We've already been offered close to $30k for the Jeep and we don't want to harm the value of the Jeep.

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-27-2021, 11:41 AM
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The channel would interfere with the hardtop front edge. If you don’t mind removing the channel every time you put the hard top on then it’s not a big deal.
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Value is a subjective proposition. I’m sure to a purist, who wants a completely unadulterated Jeep, one could argue this could hurt the value, but by how much is another question. It’s also possible that this could increase the value to a selection of buyers (myself included). My rig is in very good shape, but when I bought my bikini top this year, I was hoping the holes were already there so I didn’t have to deal with drilling them out (they were).
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Swapping out the channel would only take a few minutes, so no concern at all from that aspect.
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-27-2021, 12:22 PM
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You should post some pictures of your Jeep so we can enjoy.

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I have an 84' CJ7 Laredo w less than 25,000 miles. Clean, original, and unmolested. The Carter carb still operates like new.

It currently has a hardtop. My wife wants to put a bikini top on it but I would have to drill holes for the windshield channel in order to install the top. We've already been offered close to $30k for the Jeep and we don't want to harm the value of the Jeep.
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It currently has a hardtop. My wife wants to put a bikini top on it but I would have to drill holes for the windshield channel in order to install the top. We've already been offered close to $30k for the Jeep and we don't want to harm the value of the Jeep.

The bikini tops will be supplied with sheet metal screws for the installation of the windshield channel, which over time will probably strip out and start to rust later on. I highly recommend drilling and tapping the windshield frame for 8-32 stainless steel screws which can be taken in and out repeatedly. You can get the screws in either bright finish stainless or black stainless.
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The holes will be covered up by the hard top when you put it back on.

Some collectors are real obsessive aholes and drive up huge prices for not very special vehicles just because they have all the decals right, the inspectors marks showing, matching number sf curse, original hoses and windshield wiper rubbers (I have just changed my 1990 original Jaguar rubbers, kept the old ones so I could put back on). These types of people are very hard to deal with.

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I 100% agree with Keith460. Dont use the sheet metal screws. At minimum tap as he suggested or take it 1 step further and install riv-nuts in the windshield frame (just google them if you are not familiar). This will allow unstallation and removal without much concern for stripping the thin sheet metal.

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-28-2021, 09:04 AM
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Riv nuts. In the second picture they are painted, looks very clean. 20180608_122034.jpg

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post #10 of 24 Old 05-28-2021, 09:42 AM
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It was not uncommon for an owner to install a bikini top when the Jeep was new. Some may have had the dealer install it before taking delivery. Based on that idea, I don’t think drilling the holes to install a bikini top will detract from the value. If it is a $30k Jeep, I would think frequent driving and putting more miles on it would be more detrimental to the value.

Unfortunately there are many people out there driving that are distracted, and
they are causing unnecessary accidents. I had a person blatantly pull out in front of me without even lookin to the left first, to
Check for oncoming traffic.

Lucky for me, my Jeep is mechanically sound, and I was able to stop in time. My 31” Toyo AT-III’s got his attention when they all started barking at the same time.

The Oh **** look on his face was priceless!

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post #11 of 24 Old 05-28-2021, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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You should post some pictures of your Jeep so we can enjoy.
I just added it to the registry w images. Unfortunately my noobism won’t allow me to link it, so Look for Madeline in the registry or copy and paste.

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The bikini tops will be supplied with sheet metal screws for the installation of the windshield channel, which over time will probably strip out and start to rust later on. I highly recommend drilling and tapping the windshield frame for 8-32 stainless steel screws which can be taken in and out repeatedly. You can get the screws in either bright finish stainless or black stainless.
Great advice on tapping and using stainless screws (I went this route this afternoon). I also have some foam 1/16”x3/8” weatherstrip tape to help protect from scratching and oxidation on the way.

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It was not uncommon for an owner to install a bikini top when the Jeep was new. Some may have had the dealer install it before taking delivery. Based on that idea, I don’t think drilling the holes to install a bikini top will detract from the value. If it is a $30k Jeep, I would think frequent driving and putting more miles on it would be more detrimental to the value.

Unfortunately there are many people out there driving that are distracted, and
they are causing unnecessary accidents. I had a person blatantly pull out in front of me without even lookin to the left first, to
Check for oncoming traffic.

Lucky for me, my Jeep is mechanically sound, and I was able to stop in time. My 31” Toyo AT-III’s got his attention when they all started barking at the same time.

The Oh **** look on his face was priceless!
As much as I hate relegating this beautiful machine to garage queen status, that is exactly where she spends most of her time. The occasional trip to the ice cream store or to a car show is about all of the driving she sees. But hey, it’s not my only toy!
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Riv nuts.

Riv Nuts are even better than just drilling and tapping. That's a step up for sure. They probably stick out above the sheet metal by a 1/16" or less so the foam weatherstrip would fill in the space when mounted.

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post #15 of 24 Old 05-30-2021, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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I’ve already gone the drill and tap route. Good thing is that to insert rib nuts would likely require a larger hole so it should still be a possibility for the future if necessary.
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