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Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: YJ windshield removal problems
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Maybe you could drill and tap a piece of 1/4" steel with the proper hole spacing and put it in there - one for the front and another for the side.
You might have to cut a slot in the under side of the frame to slide the plates in there if they won't go through the defroster hole. I repaired the stripped-out nuts in a tailgate that way. Then welded the hole closed.
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Good advice. I did the exact thing on the lower halves of the W/S hinges. If the W/S hinges have to be removed from the tub making the straps is well worth the time if for no other reason, it elliminates the need to get a wrench in there to hold the nuts. If I had the same problem with the W/S frame, I would do as Jim suggested and cut a hole in the bottom of the W/S frame to slip a strap in, drill a hole in the side of the frame (to plug weld the strap in place) then put the strap in make certain it is in correctly and weld the strap at the bottom and at the hole in the side (the plug weld). Also use anti-seize when going back together.
The problem seems to be the sealer jeep uses. It gets on the threads and works better than lock tite! Heat will make it release, but then you burn the paint. Screwed either way i guess.