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10-07-2019 01:16 PM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by CJ7 Joe View Post
Josh the CJ looks sweet!! Iím jealous of the quality of work and paint etc you are doing! It looks awesome!!

You mentioned you bought a rollbar from me. Iím trying to remember because Iíve had a few people buy things that I had left over. Did you also buy the spare tire carrier from me? If so I remember you well now and I came and looked at your CJ as well. You were also looking for a factory tachometer dash. I happen to have a rust free OEM tachometer dash Ė but it is out of an older CJ with just one speaker hole . If youíre interested I can let it go cheap! Iíve also have an OEM windshield frame that I will let go cheap but I will admit it needs some work. Anyway good luck on your project it looks awesome Iíll be following your build thread!
Yeah that was me! I was only like 10 minutes from your place lol I see your marketplace posts on the dash and windshield but I'm hunting for a 2 speaker cut out dash with the clock and tach holes. I plan on seeing Rudy here soon and I'm just gonna empty my pockets up there just to minimize the extra work. That sounds lazy, I know but some things I believe shouldn't be messed with. Just because with those windshields you can cut and discover that it needs to be cut even more to the point where you've got almost nothing. My windshield is worthless, Rusted out and had been hit and the PO tried to cover it up with the hinges.
09-28-2019 01:09 PM
CJ7 Joe Josh the CJ looks sweet!! I’m jealous of the quality of work and paint etc you are doing! It looks awesome!!

You mentioned you bought a rollbar from me. I’m trying to remember because I’ve had a few people buy things that I had left over. Did you also buy the spare tire carrier from me? If so I remember you well now and I came and looked at your CJ as well. You were also looking for a factory tachometer dash. I happen to have a rust free OEM tachometer dash – but it is out of an older CJ with just one speaker hole . If you’re interested I can let it go cheap! I’ve also have an OEM windshield frame that I will let go cheap but I will admit it needs some work. Anyway good luck on your project it looks awesome I’ll be following your build thread!
09-26-2019 07:53 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by Jim1611 View Post
You might be on to something with selling rebuilt hardtops though. You've done as nice a job as I've seen.
And with those striker plate drawings I did for you, you might expand that address book! lol

Finding them for the right price is the key. I see the tops from anywhere between 400-800. With the new lift gate and paint, I've got probably $500 into my hard top. I didn't really think about how much I have into the top until now and if I sold one like mine I would have to sell it for some big $$$s.
09-26-2019 07:35 AM
Jim1611
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Originally Posted by Deer-Slayer_5 View Post
Jim, you have till Friday to find me! Saturday it is going to an undisclosed location until it is needed again lol There are some nicer looking OEM hardtops in my area on facebook market place... I'd gladly refurbish and sell you one??
Be careful of that! I know where allot of members live due to the fact I've sold allot of shackle hangers to them.
You might be on to something with selling rebuilt hardtops though. You've done as nice a job as I've seen.
09-26-2019 05:43 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by Jim1611 View Post
The best advice I can think of right now is that you need all the room you can get for working on your Jeep so why don't I store your new looking hardtop for the next few years!!!
Jim, you have till Friday to find me! Saturday it is going to an undisclosed location until it is needed again lol There are some nicer looking OEM hardtops in my area on facebook market place... I'd gladly refurbish and sell you one??
09-25-2019 03:21 PM
Jim1611 The best advice I can think of right now is that you need all the room you can get for working on your Jeep so why don't I store your new looking hardtop for the next few years!!!
09-25-2019 08:16 AM
Deer-Slayer_5 Thanks guys! I've put some hours into it, thats for sure. Even though I may not use the hard top a lot, It's nice to have.

I'm still saving for that rot free tub from Rudy's... anyone have any suggestions other than the fenders on what to start working on while I wait for that tub? Windshield repair is out... just going to spend the money for a OEM one from Rudy thats in good shape. Just looking for suggestions from those who have done a frame off restoration or referb job
09-25-2019 07:34 AM
Hoover7 Wow, looks incredible, Josh- Awesome job!


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09-25-2019 06:17 AM
keith460 Looks brand new.
09-25-2019 05:53 AM
Deer-Slayer_5 Hey everyone, its been awhile since the last update. I haven't done a lot other than reassemble the hardtop which only took a few days. Installing the glass was the biggest pain but they are in and everything went together as it should!

Over the past few weeks I have been helping my dad with his M715, full size Jeep. We needed his truck bed to be stripped of the paint so we took it to a a metal cleaning place thats local. To help with the price, I sent my grill, and both fenders to be acid dipped as well. I kid you not, my jeep was painted 7 times (including original paint and all the primers and clears) My plan is to follow Adams fender repair that he did on his thread. Its the only way it will be rust free again. Those should be back sometime this week hopefully.

Anyways, here are some pictures of the finished top. Yes, I know I'm missing screws that hold the lift gate latches... I need more lol
09-07-2019 10:30 AM
mvigo nice work so far, love the AMC blue engine and the textured top....
09-06-2019 11:57 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by wm69 View Post
Can you get an SEM product in that color that would hold up well as a topcoat on a hard top?
I am not really sure to be honest. I was just a delivery driver for my local Napa for many years going through college. I just knew of the products that came through on a regular basis. I don't know if SEM makes a color in like you described but If you have a local Napa or auto parts store that mixes paint, they might be able to color match a single stage top coat that might not require a clear coat. If they have a person who mixes paints regularly and really knows his stuff, I'm sure they could point you in the right direction.

I used a single stage top coat on the inside of my hardtop (a few posts up). It turned out kinda glossy but I don't really mind it beings it's inside of the Jeep. For an outside semi-gloss matte finish you will probably need a flattener. That may require a clear coat with the flatter mixed in because the flattener could not be mixed into the color if I remember correctly.

Hopefully this helps!
09-06-2019 11:20 AM
wm69 Question, since you worked with SEM products at NAPA.

I have Honey interiors on all of my CJ's, and the SEM vinyl spray coating in Camel is a perfect color match for Honey. Can you get an SEM product in that color that would hold up well as a topcoat on a hard top?
08-31-2019 05:03 PM
Deer-Slayer_5 Thanks for the info Keith. Mine is polycarbonate then. I don't have the lines you showed in your pictures. It make sense to me now that the PO probably got the doors with his hard top and they are a pre 80s style door. My Jeep is an 85 but I honestly prefer the twist handle doors vs the paddle flap door
08-31-2019 04:07 AM
keith460
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Originally Posted by Deer-Slayer_5 View Post
I am not 100% sure its plastic... I found on a forum here awhile back that earlier tops were a one piece polycarbonate then switched to fiberglass at some point. I hope someone can clarify this because I could have a aftermarket top and not know it.

It's according to what year your top was manufactured as to whether it is injection molded polycarbonate or SMC fiberglass.

The polycarbonate hardtops were produced from 1976-1979 or 80. Somewhere around late 79 a lot of changes were being made to the CJ series and some of those changes included the hardtops. 1980-1986 and beyond, the tops were produced using compression molded fiberglass or SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) fiberglass mixture.

The easiest way to tell what type of top you have, polycarbonate or fiberglass, is if it has the four piece seams on the outside, between the side window and door frame opening as well as the rear section all the way around. Tops without the seams are polycarbonate, with the seams, is fiberglass.

Example: picture below is a factory SMC fiberglass top I acquired off of a 1985 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo.
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