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Old 12-13-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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hardtop cracking at inside support plates

Just replaced the pair of liftgate support pistons and noticed the fiberglass breaking around the inside support plates on both sides (L/R) of the hardtop. Anybody know of a good method to repair the affected areas (please see pics). I was thinking fiberglass but didn't know if anyone else had a better (stronger) idea. I guess this is the result of driving around with the back window open on a '93. Thanks for any comments and have a safe and happy holiday!
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:17 AM   #2
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You could take those brackets off then laminate the top (inside and out) with some like 1/8" stainless (or regular steel painted to match) plate steel. Bolted through the top with like 4 or 6 small carriage bolts and lock nuts. Then reattach the window shock brackets...

just a thought...

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Old 12-13-2010, 10:47 AM   #3
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2 part Epoxy is what i used and worked for me,good luck with the fix
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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hard top cracking at inside support plates

A few days ago I made a set of 3/16" SS backing plates but can't get the bolts through from the outside because the nuts are attached inside the wall of the top. I was planning to just thru-bolt from the outside and seal the new plates under the brackets. Best laid plans...
Looks like I'll go w/ the epoxy. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:02 AM   #5
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LORD® 7542 Urethane Adhesive, this is the best stuff in the world for bonding anything.Ill try and repost the actuall site.http://www.lord.com/Products-and-Sol...Product.xml/22
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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Thank you much CRTAYLOR - I'm in!

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