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Lowering The Windshield

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by 74CJ5 Renegade, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Sep 4, 2019
    74CJ5 Renegade

    74CJ5 Renegade Member

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    In my 27 years of CJ5 ownership I have never driven with the windshield in the lowered position.

    My concern is any time I have put the windshield down the weight of it presses down and contorts the hood. That is with me still holding some of the weight and not letting the hood hold all of the weight.

    Will the hood hold the weight without getting damaged? My hood buckles a fair amount and that is static with out road vibrations/ movement.

    My thought is to add some support under the hood to give it more strength. A friend had a great idea, get another hood and cut out a section to run under where the windshield supports are. Perhaps roll a bead in it?

    Would love to know anyone else’s experience with this!
     
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    PeteL

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    I run with mine down almost all the time on my '56, never experienced any hood damage.

    In any case... hoods are cheap and available.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2019
    Iandavidh

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    My hood bends inwards a little bit but I don’t worry about it
     
  4. Sep 4, 2019
    Keys5a

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    The intermediates have about a 4" longer hood than the earlies, and I swear they are made of lighter gauge metal. This combination makes for a very flexy support for the windshield in the lowered position.
    One of my old '74s had a "bowl" in the hood center when I parked it outside in the rain, no doubt resulting from what you are describing, not enough support for the windshield!
    -Donny
     
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    Alan28

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    I like winshield down but my lungs no. Bronchitis guaranteed. Wear a vest to protect you it is more important! My hood seems to be strong enough maybe there are differences between models.
     
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    Beach66Bum

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    1966 cj5, no problem having the windshield down. I actually have matching yellow detailing clothes for added protection for the hood paint :D
    Having the strap to hold the windshield down tight prevents the hood from getting dented by “bouncing” of the windshield step offs.
     
  7. Sep 4, 2019
    nickmil

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    Make sure the standoffs are on the correct side. They are side specific to match the contour of the hood.
     
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    baldjosh

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    timgr

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    You mean the stand-offs on the windshield? On an intermediate, the stand-offs are on the hood. Two required, both the same.

    I ran my '73 with the windshield down a lot. No obvious issues.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2019
    Buildflycrash

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    Ran mine down for the first time this past weekend. No damage except it did scratch the paint a bit. I had the bikini top rolled up under the standoffs, I need a hold down strap for sure.

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    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
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    mrtii

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    I have driven my 86 cj many times no issue other than the wind in your face,
     
  12. Sep 5, 2019
    johneyboy03

    johneyboy03 The green beast

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    Run my 75's without any issus on the hood.
     

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