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Nope have not died so far...

The old red Jeep has a new windshield frame, painted to match the original Sebring Red from the 1980's... Hey why not?

New top. Guess I'll have to fix that!

And for the first time in over twenty (20) years... No cracks in the windshield glass! Actually it freaky to drive like that, it's not even dirty.

I impressed myself with strange cost overruns and I won't even mention the fact that you can't buy real replacement parts. What a bunch of junk. Lots of wasted effort but it now is what it is. Still looks like an old dirty 1985 CJ!

I have pictures and complaints... Who would look and listen?


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This post is useless without pictures! Stick 'em up, Big Boy!

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This post is useless without pictures! Stick 'em up, Big Boy!
And what is it that you didn't understand about....

"Still looks like an old dirty 1985 CJ"



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Old Jeeps aren't like some things, where if you've seen two you've seen them all. Each one is different with its own battle scars and personalities.

Besides, you said "I have pictures and complaints... Who would look and listen?" Well, I would if I could.

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Who would look and listen?


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Oh, I’d probably take a glance. For you, I’d probably even long in to view the pix if I had to.

I pretty much click my bookmark to the board daily, maybe every other day if I get busy. I haven’t posted, I pretty much treat new posts as ding-dong dash. Don’t know if anybody will be there to read it if I post a response.

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Well OK....

For Jim and Taz.... I well get the pictures off of the new fricking devices like my phone and tablet, onto an actual computer. Teach myself to post pictures again. This get harder as we go along....

And then you will get tired of my complaints about the junk that I bought and had to use. Should pretty much be a thread killer.


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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...


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And a tangent... Anyone remember Don Garlits? Very brave to race this car.




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That would be "Big Daddy" Don Garlits.

Is that Swamp Rat 13, the one that took part of his foot?
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Not sure but it looks just like it... I do remember he had some serious injuries. The car was at the Nationals here in Indy a few years ago when I took those pictures.

How about a YouTube?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1a8ZQxq8EE


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Thatís the video I took the still pix from at about 1:06 on the timer.

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