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Old 11-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #31
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I found a product called PC-11 that I used to fill some holes in a hardtop. It seemed to adhere well to the top material. It is made by PC products in Allentown Pa.
Sweet... I'll take a look, and I'll do a quick double check online to see what kind of info I can find on this whole topic.

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I'm not sure if Simple Green will kill the mold or mildew and chances are that it will return. If you find that you need to go over it one more time, try a mild solution of chlorine bleach and water (specially on the inside). This will insure that the mildew smell will be gone for good. After you're done, you can spray it back to black with Krylon Fusion in satin or semi-flat black to make it look like new.

To put mine back on, I have a friend help me. I back the Jeep up as close as I can get to the top. We position the front corners of the top on the rear part of the rails. Then I climb into the bed and with my friend holding up the back, I walk the front forward on my back until it is in position.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:37 PM   #33
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I'm not sure if Simple Green will kill the mold or mildew and chances are that it will return. If you find that you need to go over it one more time, try a mild solution of chlorine bleach and water (specially on the inside). This will insure that the mildew smell will be gone for good. After you're done, you can spray it back to black with Krylon Fusion in satin or semi-flat black to make it look like new.
Great advice on the mildew aspect and loading the top. I'll run a solution like that over the inside this week on my day off.

I know that I'll have to repaint this thing sometime and I've seen someone post finished pictures of a quick referb. I'll do it but it's getting too cold for the paint to stick where I live. I guess repainting will be a spring project when I pull the top off, but I appreciate the heads up on that.

This is why I freaking love this forum... so many good ideas without the constant flame wars. Now if only the rest of my world would be this easy.
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Looks good Dgrim
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Thanks Phil I'll get this done one way or another!
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When you're done you are more than welcome to drive down and clean mine
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When you're done you are more than welcome to drive down and clean mine
Ha You wish... besides who's got time to drive nowadays!
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So I took JDs idea and scrubbed out the top one more time to make sure that the mold would not come back and then set to work getting the top on.

After looking around online I did not find find any negative information about the hardtop and 3M Fiberglas. So I fixed the small crack with 3 (albeit small) separate layers of Fiberglas both on the inside and outside. Didn't have a single problem with this at all... The crack hardened up and it seems to be holding just fine... let's see how it holds over the course of the winter.

A week later on my first day off I went to put on the hardtop...

First I took off the soft top windows, skin, and the full doors just to get this install started.





Ok, I'll admit it. I drove around the neighborhood one more time with the top off... for no real reason
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Then I backed up the jeep right to where the top was sitting... and proceeded to take off the supertop hardware.

The normal... bolts and brackets.





Phil, I know you'll like the last pic since the 79 is in the frame...

Each bolt / washer / item went into a labeled bag and then into the winter box destined for the garage...
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Once the items were off, I cleaned up the leftover dirt and debris that was trapped underneath the hardware in question...

Yay dirt

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Then using my extra help I flipped over the hardtop, put on the weatherstripping... flipped it over again, opened the back window and lifted it over the spare and placed it on the rails, readjusted the grip, and moved it up the rails to position it for the bolts....

Took a tiny break to keep my young nephew from stealing my jeep... lol got to start them early... overheard comments like "...you better not get my son addicted to jeeps like you" ... and "Oh man, I can just see what he'll ask for at his next birthday..."



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Then installed the bolts and the small top brackets and tightened them down a little at a time... once slightly snug I tightened them like the bolts on a wheel... alternating sides and corners across the rails.

The only problems that I encountered doing this was the back bolts and the top wouldn't fit 100% at first. The holes were not perfectly parallel unless my helper leaned on the edge of the hardtop when I first got the bolt through the side rail. After that it worked fine. Other then these bolts, it was all easy peasy...

Dusted both sides of the wiring harness, plugged it in as well as the windshield washing fluid connection... tried it out and they worked like a champ.

Now the Jeep is ready for winter! Bring on snowmageddon!




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Altogether it took about 2 1/2 hours with the cleaning and the coffee break!

This top was not a huge deal, or a mod, or something fancy but I love it when something gets done right the first time without any fuss.

With a second person this was extremely simple and easy, like it should be.
Thanks for all the advice and help on this thread! I am a happy man because of it!
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Phil, I know you'll like the last pic since the 79 is in the frame...

You feel free to send that thing down South any time you want
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Go find your own

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