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Old 04-22-2012, 05:04 PM   #15
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Frederick thanks for such detail, this will help out tremendously. How does the top lock in the upright position? I was thinking of using a jackknife type lift on each corner, but after seeing the parts breakdown this should be fairly easy to reproduce.

Chuck I have started a frame off restoration, two days into it I have fully gutted it and have the body and frame separated . Hope it doesn't take me a year! Hoping for more like a month. The PO painted the outside with exterior latex paint so my wife is cussing the paint stripping process so a month may be pushing but here goes.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #16
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Fiberglass usually resists almost any chemicals you can throw at it. I suggest trying to find the nastiest paint stripper on the planet and, after trying it on a sample area, go with that. I have used some that lifts latex so totally that you can hose off the goopy mess after it cooks for about 15 minutes. But.... ya gotta be sure you get it all off, especially around the windows and in cracks and crevices.
BTW: A frame off restoraion in a month??? You must have a big crew, a fully equipped shop and a very understanding wife. What did you have to promise her???
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No crew just my wife and I and our son for the welding. I have restored several boats so hopefully not a huge leaning curve. And yes I had to promise we return to Cozumel this summer so it's up to her to kick me in the rear when I slow down.
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Tim, you may be interested in this stuff... I have no personal knowledge of the application, but it does say it's a paint remover for FIBERGLASS it appears it's used on fiberglass boats.
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Ha... I knew there was a catch, a trip to Cozumel....
BTW: You might want to think about a new axle with brakes on it while you have everything apart. A straight axle will also give you some much needed ground clearance as well as allow for bigger wheels and tires.
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How does the top lock in the upright position? I was thinking of using a jackknife type lift on each corner, but after seeing the parts breakdown this should be fairly easy to reproduce.
It doesn't. There is no "locking" mechanism. The stand-up piece with the opposing curved long edges has the ends cut in a specific way to support the top in the upright position, and the tension of the canvas sides installed to be taught when upright is all that holds it up.

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The top lift hardware is just a bunch of flat-ish pieces of metal (with a small curve along the long edge) and bolts with Nylock nuts for the metal pieces to pivot around. It relies on the tension of the fabric to hold the thing up straight, so the fabric has to stretch tight when the top is raised, or it will be wobbly.
I think there might be something in the document center with instructions for a modification to add a removable pin to lock it when upright.
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Locking pin

There are lucking pins on my Jr.
The pin goes through the elongated hole in brace, into hole in FG rim.
And my front window is the side-slide opening kind.( w/ screen)
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:18 AM   #22
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Bob, I was already planning on going with a straight axel, and springs plus adding cross-members, basically following Larry&Carrie build.

Any thought on Axel's and springs from Tractor Supply or Northern Tool?

I'm not finding any CJ builds that have gone with a torsion axel any thoughts?
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I'm not finding any CJ builds that have gone with a torsion axle any thoughts?
I've been thinking about doing that since I want to add Brakes, and that means replacing the existing axle because there aren't any brake drum mounting flanges on it. I gotta check into what it will cost me here in San Diego.
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