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windshield/roof attachment

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by arutgers, May 12, 2003.

  1. arutgers

    arutgers

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    The previous owner replaced the windshield (w/s) and roof of my 1978 BJ40 with fiberglass types. Apparently something went wrong, because there is a gap between w/s and roof of approx. 0.5" at the outside of the w/s and 1" inside. To close the gap and connect w/s & roof, they folded a metal plate on top of the w/s and put in a lot of screws right through the roof, without weather strip :tear:.

    What is wrong? Is the w/s too small or am I missing a part that goes between W/s & roof? Could a weather strip close a gap like this?

    Ton
     
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    woody Internet Fireman Staff Member

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    sounds like the replacement frame was not properly sized....do you know the manuf of the frame to check on dimensions? Or have a stock steel frame to look at and measure up?
     
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    nuclearlemon not an addict Moderator

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    there is normally a weatherstrip that goes between the roof and w/s frame.
     
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    Weatherstrip is not going to fill a 1 to 1/2 inch gap. It sounds like they built the frame wrong to me, perhaps to the wrong year's specs. You can get used window frames on EBay, over here, Ton. &nbsp:Don't know if there are enough of them for you to find one there in the Netherlands. Also, you may be able to get a fiberglass one at Specter (they just have them for certain years) that would be cost effective to ship. By the way, the OEM rooftops are all fiberglass.
     
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    So there is nothing else between W/S frame and roof but the weatherstrip. Hmm, no I don't know the maufacturer nor do I have the old steel frame. Can anyone measure his W/S frame-height an post it for me. So I can check the size and make sure it's not something else. It crossed my mind that the hardtop may be tilted a little backward thus causing the gap. That would also explain my rear doors fitting too tight; the bottom of the doors touch the threshold.
    Thanks in advance.

    Ton