1971 FJ40 Hardtop alignment issues

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Dirtygumboots, Dec 7, 2018 at 3:53 PM.

  1. Dirtygumboots

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    I’ve tried searching but haven’t had much luck with troubleshooting the fit of the front of my hardtop. I purchased this 40 about 18 months ago and took the top immediately off and didn’t bother putting it back on until yesterday. I’m dealing with gaps and alignment issues at the top of the doors and the windshield. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Where is your bracket ?
     
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    An "L" bracket connects the windshield to the sides.
     
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    Do you have the small brackets that bolt to windshield frame and the door headers?
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    The front door headers are 2 piece. You do have the other half, correct?

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  6. Living in the Past

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    Last picture in your first post can see the headliner is between two pieces. That is not stock and with that rivot would say something has been modified on the top cap. That may be part of your problem.
     
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    Interesting, Never seen those spacers before.
     
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    what is your windscreen angle like and top front ends of the fiberglass roof where it bolts to the screen surround
     
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    Living in the past noticed the headliner was tucked under the lids cross brace. I wonder if the PO moved it?

    Center of middle rivet to outer edge of lip is 5 1/16”
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    If those “spacers” were there before you took the top off 18 months ago then something has been modified and/or your top doesn’t match the rest of the rig. You’ll need to post a set of pics of the complete top and rig to get adequate help.
     
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    My middle rivet is closer to 6”. The top seems from the rear of the vehicle to the door posts but from there forward something is definitely wrong.

    I can’t seem to get any good photos inside my garage this morning so I’ll have to get it out for a drive later.
     
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