11-13-2017, 10:54 AM
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: SouthEast of Denver
Before you do any paint work, Heat the torx bolts that hold the windshield frame to the hinges. It seems that the factory applied Loctite to all the torx fasteners and about 500* is needed to break the bond.
Replace the windshield frame. When they're rusted as bed as yours, it's not even close to practical to attempt a repair. If your windshield is still in good shape, you can put this off for a while you do other things to make your new toy reliable and modded to your satisfaction.
As you replace the windshield frame, make sure the hinges will allow the frame to fold forward. If they're frozen, heat the hinge pins to break down the rust inside and try to oil them. Heat, oil, heat, oil. Makes a lot of smoke, but eventually the heat & oil will free them up.
If your cowl to windshield frame gasket is shot, try to find an OE MOPAR gasket. The aftermarket ones seem to not fit too well.
Also, you'll need a set of quality torx bits. You can cheap out on some other tools, but you'll want the best set of torx bits you can afford.
Another bit of good advice is get a Factory Service Manual.
Good Luck, L.M.
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