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post #16 of 24 Old 05-30-2021, 11:00 AM
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Rivnuts are fine until one starts to spin. Once a rivnut starts to spin you have a new problem.They are pretty common in aviation, and the ones I am used to seeing have one small notch that must be cut in the edge of the hole. It’s not really a robust design, but there may be a different design that I am not familiar with.

If you do install rivnuts make sure you paint the bare metal that is created when you drill & notch the hole. I would recommend painting it first, and then after the paint has cured, wet install the rivnut with a corrosion inhibiting sealant.

If you don’t paint the bare metal it won’t take long for rust to develop.


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post #17 of 24 Old 05-30-2021, 04:00 PM
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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.
I tend to agree. The windshield sheet metal gauge is thin and you won't get many threads engaging if you drill and tap. Just my thoughts.
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post #18 of 24 Old 05-31-2021, 05:37 AM
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With the 18 gauge steel of the windshield frame and using a drill bit for 100% thread cutting, I was able to get about 3 threads using 32 thread count screws. Beats using a sheet metal screw with one thread tearing it up but I only take off the rail once a year. Screws are lubricated with anti-seize compound as well. If they ever strip out in my lifetime, which I doubt, I'll use the rivet nuts for sure. But drilling for a 1/4" hole for the rivet nuts, there's no turning back.

These would work as 18 gauge steel is 0.050" thick and these are good to 0.030" minimum.
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post #19 of 24 Old 06-02-2021, 08:04 AM
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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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Beautiful jeep for sure. Honestly, I would not drill holes in it for the top.
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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.

Been doing that for years. As was the case with very, very many CJs from the start, mine had been drilled for the sheet metal screws and I had no problems. That said, it's nice to know about the inserts in case they do ever strip out.


There is a lot to be said for a bikini top in the summer months, and the hard top will cover the holes. I seriously doubt the addition of those holes will affect value one way or the other.

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post #21 of 24 Old 06-05-2021, 10:30 AM
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Absolutely STUNNING, Mate!! And this is an '84 with less than 25k miles?!? Myself, personally,...I would be hesitant to do anything else to it. But then again, I'm no where near the expert that the others on this forum are. Enjoy it as long as you can, and Happy Jeeping.
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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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That's a beaut!

I'll say....


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Thanks for linking the pics, and also for the nice comments! I just noticed that the interior pic doesn't show the carpet. Rest assured the carpet is in absolutely perfect shape. We typically keep it stored in a climate regulated environment. I've found it keeps the integrity of the carpet in tact and makes sure that the carpet doesn't retain moisture against the floor panels which could cause rust.
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