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Re: 72 cj-5 hardtop hardware
So, is this top missing the doors and hinges? If you are taking it off another jeep, just make sure to grab the hinges too!
MAN! I just moved 200 miles from a guy that has like, 3 of those hardtops just laying around! That's where I snagged an extra driver's door to replace my severely banged up one! However, you could manufature the pieces fairly easily. The lower ones are simply a flat plate of metal with 4 holes in it, with a tube rolled up on one edge. You could get the same effect by welding a piece of tubing the door hinge slides into easily right onto a piece of flat plate and drilling the holes. The upper one is doable too, same technique, but getting the angles right would be a PITA. I'd take pictures and measurements for you, but I'm currently ALSO 200 miles from my jeep and won't be near it for a couple of weeks..........If you can't find any in a week or so, let me know and I'll see if the guy I know is willing to part with any--he's kinda funny--some stuff he doesn't mind giving away, some he get's finicky about. Heck of a good guy though. Also, there is no rule that says you HAVE to use the original style hinges. A couple of simple hinges bolted right to the tub would work. Actually, a gate style "T" hinge wouldn't be a bad idea either. Just remember to slot the holes on the part of the hinge that bolts to the door--these tops are never quite perfect and it takes a bit of fussing to get the doors to close and seal right. After a year of screwing around with mine, I've finally got most of the rattles gone, and hope to kill the rest when I finish rebuilding the drivers door!
Good luck with it!