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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by binfordm715 on May 15, 2006, 8:32am

My windshield, despite how it may look in the picture, is quite sound. The drilled holes are above where the channel goes, so those will be covered by the canvas. No rust anywhere. Perfect glass. Just needs 1) green paint and 2) that bloody channel. Okay and 3) I could rub the overspray off my windshield gasket!
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by bluesman2a on May 15, 2006, 11:41am

Just take an appropriate length of .5" or .25" square tube (16 ga should be enough), take it to a machine shop and have them mill out an appropriate sized slot down the entire length. If you're steady you could do it with a grinder, but machining would look better. Don't forget to round the corners and deburr it or you'll be cutting your top on it.
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by binfordm715 on May 15, 2006, 11:44am

I'll make that Plan B. Thanks, blues.....
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by binfordm715 on May 15, 2006, 11:43pm

It's a labor of love, Gentlemen! At least the sanding and prep-work is labor! I'll love it later....

I'm honestly baffled by the apparent general consensus that I should replace my windshield simply because the channel has been removed. I just don't get it! What's the hassle? Where's the pain?! Just find a new piece of channel, tack it in position and I'm good to go. There's nothing otherwise wrong with the windshield.

And I sure lucked out in the rust department too! I vacuumed all the dirt and sundries from the bottom of the door interiors and not a speck of rust to be found. Rockers look great. Anywhere I've looked, there's nothing a few swipes with a wire brush won't take care of.

I found a boatload of mouse nesting fluff in behind the door post, just on the driver's side. Now that's a job getting at that. Allen wrench and a vacuum cleaner probably didn't even get it all.
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by oilcan on May 16, 2006, 2:32am

Heck Tim, if there's a chance you can fix what you have, give it the ole' college try. The most you'll be out is the time and a few bucks. And it'll save a windshield frame for someone who REALLY needs it. Those things don't grow on trees, ya' know...
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by elwenil on May 16, 2006, 7:06am

I would at least make sure you have another frame somewhere close to you to take good measurements of. Placement will be critical to the fit of the top.
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by k8icu on May 16, 2006, 9:38pm

I guess in my 20 years of futzing with MVs I have found that what looks to be simple generally isn't. Doesn't that channel curve on the ends like a M38a1's?" Like a frown?
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by binfordm715 on May 16, 2006, 9:46pm

Dunno. No one's sent me a picture yet!
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
Post by socal715 on May 16, 2006, 10:11pm

It's straight.. no bend.. lemme upload pics for you Tim
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Re: Soft-top mount on windshield
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I can take a pic or 2 tonight if no one else has...
 

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