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 Post subject: Anyone ever work with fiberglass type stuff?
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:00 am 
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I picked this hard top up for 125 bucks...

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As you can see, it needs a back window and it has a crack in the back..
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I'm not worried about the window, that can be easily replaced. How about the crack?

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Ever do papermache art project in elementary school, working with fiberglass is pretty much like that.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone ever work with fiberglass type stuff?
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Thats been years ago lol, I have been thinking about contacting a boat repair shop maybe and seeing how much they would charge to fix it.

I'm finding rear glass might be a pain to find :td:

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Alpine has worked with fiberglass. I was there. :)

It was an 'interesting' evening.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone ever work with fiberglass type stuff?
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Yeah we texted a little bit back and forth about it earlier

The hard top found its new home for awhile, Harbor freight has some cheap furniture dollies, I was gonna get some to set the hard top on, that way its a little more easy to move around if need be.
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I've started working on getting all the nicks and scratches on the top taken care of until I feel able enough to attempt the crack repair..

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You should hang it from the ceiling to save floor space

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

'46CJ2a/buggy project in the works, yeah, still have those parts.
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'88 GMC S15 Trail Gypsy
A sweet lawn mower
Motorcycles: '14 HD FLHTCU, '92 HD FXRS, '26 HD JD, '02 Suzuki DRZ400, '56 Cushman Eagle, '48 Simplex ServiCycle, '72 Honda MiniTrail50, '81 Yamaha YR250, Probably some other stuff
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I had the back glass of my hard top broken out Halloween prank, nelson glass in town got a replacement was not cheap 500.00 plus...

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kennedy wrote:
You should hang it from the ceiling to save floor space


I might do that in the future, I'm actual thinking about stealing Jeeper4life's idea and making a wooden roll around cart for it instead of buying some dollies for it. That way I can wheel it around this summer when working on it.



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I had the back glass of my hard top broken out Halloween prank, nelson glass in town got a replacement was not cheap 500.00 plus...


Back glass for TJ hard tops I'm finding can be a pain to track down. However they do pop up on ebay ever so often so I've just been watching there. They typically go for 200 to 250 on ebay. I've also been watching for them to at the two Jeep junkyards I buy from. Baseline 4x4 can get me a brand new one for 350. However I just wanna get the crack fixed for right now. What sucks is I have a perfectly good YJ hard top out back, but the back glass is different.

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You should hang it from the ceiling to save floor space


I might do that in the future, I'm actual thinking about stealing Jeeper4life's idea and making a wooden roll around cart for it instead of buying some dollies for it. That way I can wheel it around this summer when working on it.


Mine works out awesome because it is a 2pc hardtop. I don't have to worry about the driver area sticking out, it's another piece that sits on top.

But the dimensions would be the same. I can do a write up of what I did if you want it. I'm thinking about doing something creative for the doors as well. But I haven't decided on exactly what I want to do just yet.

As for the back glass, I have different suggestions depending on whether it is going to be a DD in the winter, or an occasional pick. If you're going to DD, I'd put the work and money into getting the right glass for it. If it is going to be an occasional ride, or toy status and you just want it closed in, I would go with plexiglass. You could do it for under $100, depending on the hardware.

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Jeeper4Life wrote:
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I would go with plexiglass.


Lexan would be better

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

'46CJ2a/buggy project in the works, yeah, still have those parts.
'14 Chebby Silverado, 4x4
'88 GMC S15 Trail Gypsy
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I'm gonna hold out for actual glass for it, that way I get rear defrost and the rear wiper. I already have the "hard top" wiring harness for it, just need the switches for the dash yet. I'm thinking about swapping to the 4 switch panel that the 03 and up tjs got.

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95YJMan wrote:
I'm gonna hold out for actual glass for it, that way I get rear defrost and the rear wiper. I already have the "hard top" wiring harness for it, just need the switches for the dash yet. I'm thinking about swapping to the 4 switch panel that the 03 and up tjs got.


If you're not a smoker, replace the ashtray with another 3 switches.

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Jeeper4Life wrote:
95YJMan wrote:
I'm gonna hold out for actual glass for it, that way I get rear defrost and the rear wiper. I already have the "hard top" wiring harness for it, just need the switches for the dash yet. I'm thinking about swapping to the 4 switch panel that the 03 and up tjs got.


If you're not a smoker, replace the ashtray with another 3 switches.


Not a bad idea, I plan to add ARB's so will need 3 more, compressor, front locker, and rear locker..

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I'm gonna hold out for actual glass for it, that way I get rear defrost and the rear wiper. I already have the "hard top" wiring harness for it, just need the switches for the dash yet. I'm thinking about swapping to the 4 switch panel that the 03 and up tjs got.


If you're not a smoker, replace the ashtray with another 3 switches.


Not a bad idea, I plan to add ARB's so will need 3 more, compressor, front locker, and rear locker..



make sure you use relays

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

'46CJ2a/buggy project in the works, yeah, still have those parts.
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'88 GMC S15 Trail Gypsy
A sweet lawn mower
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Here's my new wiring harness for the inside, the hard top is off a 98 TJ, I think, and the wiring harness is from a 01 tj. So all the connectors work. Everything should be plug and play, however my jeep being a early 97, it has the YJ style connector tail lights.. the new harness has the late 97 to 06 TJ tail light connectors on it. I figure I can just swap out to newer TJ tail lights or upgrade to flat mounted tail lights, you know like all the 'cool' kids run.
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For anyone looking for a hard top for your TJ, just FYI yes all TJ hard tops will fit all years of TJ's however the connectors are different. Thats really no big deal though, because you can buy pig tails to mate different year TJ's with different year hard tops, or you can just match the same years together which is what I did (just out of luck)

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If it comes down to it and saves you money, splicing a couple wires shouldn't be an issue. I would even bet they are color coded the same, despite the different connectors.

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I hung the YJ hard top that I had on the YJ from four eyelets screwed into the ceiling of the little garage.

I used a furniture dolly with some 2x4s to put my doors on.

mac 'can't find an LJ hard top for less than $1500' gyvr

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Picked up some more items for my hardtop.. now that I have all the mounting hardware, I should be able to get it on the Jeep mount it all down and then fix the crack...

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