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my new project - Spruce Tip Green 1960 CJ6

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by dunl, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Oct 21, 2013
    AKCJ

    AKCJ Active Member

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    Cool color, cool canvas, cool rig!
     
  2. Oct 21, 2013
    dunl

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    Thanks for all the kind comments.

    I have a canvas soft top question....I cannot get the back to close properly, as the canvas needs to stretch. So I'm looking for some prior experience....am I correct at assume that the best course of action is to lift the top off the bows, button up the back completely, and then pull it down over the bows, allowing it to evenly stretch all around? Is it helpful to wet it first, or anything like that?

    (Please don't say wait for a hot day....I live in Alberta and it is October already. lol)
     
  3. Oct 21, 2013
    68BuickV6

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    Heat gun?

    You don't want to work it cold and damage it. Maybe do what you said, but be gentle. I imagine the rear window isn't interested in being stretched.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2013
    Admiral Cray

    Admiral Cray I want to do this again.. Staff Member

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    A couple of hair dryers will work. :rofl:

    hellokitty
     
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    mwinks-jeep

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    I object to the title of this thread....that ain't no "project"....that's fantastic.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2013
    timgr

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    Heated garage?

    No experience with canvas ... but with vinyl (which has a fabric backing), sunshine makes a big difference. At mid day, it should warm up if it's in the direct sun. (My CJ-6 top is so tight, it's not coming off until next June).

    Does that top have snaps? I'd think you could at least lash it down with the straps and buckles. There may be a gap, but leave it under tension and in the sun and you should be able to stretch it some.
     
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  7. Oct 21, 2013
    dunl

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    Thanks for ll the suggestions. Well, I took the rear bow out, put the top over it, and then popped it back in.

    Bwaa haa haa....trust me, not much sun for the next while.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2013
    timgr

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    I guess I'm spoiled by the Boston weather. Not warm, but plenty of sunny days, especially in the fall.

    Even when the air is cold, the sunshine can be warm.

    I like your Jeep - that's a great find! And I think the color is great, even if it's not original.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2013
    dunl

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    dunl

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    Thanks. I'm just joking....hopefully there will be a few sunny days that will help stretch it out. Gotta figure out the correct way to use the straps to tie down the back too.

    Can anyone identify the top? Manufacturer?
     
  11. Oct 21, 2013
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    Very nice Jeep, good find.

    Other than the battery hold down chain, and the heater hose routing, I don't see a lot to dislike.

    You might also have a powerlok in the rear differential; me thinks I see the LS additive tag under one of the cover bolts.
    You could simply remove the fill plug and look inside to easily confirm that...unless you already know.
     
  12. Oct 21, 2013
    dunl

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    The tag in the bottom left says, if I remember correctly, 43/8 on the top and 5.38 on the bottom. So just the gear ratio.
     
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  13. Oct 22, 2013
    68BuickV6

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    Top looks 10 times better than mine did.

    Man, is that a radio?

    What doesn't that 6 have??
     
  14. Oct 22, 2013
    dunl

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    If you're donating....an overdrive? :tea:

    Oh, and yes.....it's a radio. A somewhat working one.
     
  15. Oct 22, 2013
    nickmil

    nickmil In mothballs.

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    Very very nice!
    One thing on the paint though, I believe it should be Glenwood Green Poly or Fountain Green Poly in 1960. My '57 is Fountain Green Poly which we figured out from the original paint that was shiny under some undercoat we peeled off. At least according to this http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/Paint2.html
    I found similar info elsewhere also.
     
  16. Oct 22, 2013
    dunl

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    So you think it might be one of those shades? The same colour paint is underneath, and although I haven't looked too hard, doesn't seem to be another colour showing.
     
  17. Oct 22, 2013
    Glenn

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    Have you looked up underneath the dash? That would be the most likely spot to find an unrepainted area.
     
  18. Oct 22, 2013
    dunl

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    No, I haven't yet. Underneath the body seems to be all completely painted green. So I am assuming if it was a repaint, the body was removed and completely done.

    Otherwise....maybe original paint, just not Spruce Tip Green.
     
  19. Oct 22, 2013
    nickmil

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    [​IMG]

    Here's a pic of the wheels I had repainted to Fountain Green Poly for the '57. This was matched to the original shiny paint found under the undercoating as I mentioned above. It was not faded at all and the wheels were originally body color on my Jeep. It's really hard to tell on a monitor the differences in shades but maybe will be helpful. Sorry for the fuzzy cell phone pic. Here's another with the wheels mounted on the Jeep. You can see the faded paint under the hood.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Oct 22, 2013
    dunl

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    It does look similar....but it is so hard to tell. I'd have to probably see the three colours side by side by the jeep.

    I'll try to check it again and see if I can find any evidence of a respray or repaint.
     
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