Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Re: Son of a....!
Been there, done that... exactly 2 days after rebuilding the tub and repainting the CJ. I had just enough time to take a few pictures of the pristene CJ. The hood flew up a 60mph, hit the hardtop and bent back over the top. There are few times in my life that I fly blind, but that was one of them. Yes, it was a very scary time. It took a few hours to bang out the hood and a few more to quit cussin' myself for my stupidity. I'd checked the oil and forgot to clamp the hold downs... so much for the hood latch holding!
Windshield frames aren't too expnsive. Shop around, most of the aftermarket frames are much the same quality. Thi is a good time to take apart all the wiper arm assemblies and refurbish them. This is a point of failure on the CJ, leading one to buy a new windshield frame. They bind up if not lubed and the torque from the wiper motor to the arms actually can deform the frame. Then you're forced to lots of welding in reinforcements or having binding wipers. Keep those shafts and bearings lubed!
Also, aftermarket windshield frames are a one-size fits all. You'll probably have to enlarge the window opening or grind down the windshield glass to have each part each other fit the other. I recommend a shop doing this job the first time to make sure everything fits. Also shop around on the glass price. I found prices for windshield glass varied everhwere from $125, installed, all the way up to over $300 just for the glass. You can guess where I went! Normally I'd say you get what you pay for, but not in this time. The $125 glass and install was just fine with me!
You've joined a very large Jeep faternity with this one!
Happy Holidays and Safe Jeepin'