Could only find a couple of different version aftermarket windshield frames for an old CJ. Went with this one...
Proving that ISO certification means darn little.
Not sure that I have a picture that shows how poorly the frame was constructed. I complained to Omix and they sent me another one pretty much just like the first one. Both had razor sharp and jagged edges, could carve a ham, could not handle them without wearing gloves. The worst issue with the assembly is that the two stamped halves, inside and outside, do not match up evenly for the window opening. and then there is the mounting hole spacing...
This looks much worse than it actually is if you don't know that the threaded plate inside of the assembly is intended to float for alignment. When you get the silly thing the dip coat paint is holding the threaded bar solid. Not hard to fix that but you first need to know to do it.
Test fitting, no extra charge for my finger in the picture.
Notice the bottom edge of the window opening... Can see that the ridge where the rubber seal needs to seat is much taller in the middle. That isn't a good thing.
After sanding off the sharp edges so that the junk could be handled with bare hands... Marked out a straight edge on both top and bottom of the window opening, grind grind...
Grind some more... And then a base coat of POR15.
That stuff smells scary even for a life long smoker.
Let me digress a little. Here is the old, 1985 vintage windshield frame. It was not exactly healthy.
Nice huh? All of that rot was hidden by the rubber seal and the dash pad. Here is the dash pad's back side.
That got a coat of POR15 also.
And a tangent... Anyone remember Don Garlits? Very brave to race this car.
Here is the relationship of the drivers seat to the Ford 9" diff.
To be continued...