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    Default cj7 hardtop into cj5 hardtop

    i was looking for a hardtop for my cj 5 but there hard to find i knew i should have bought the one i found on ebay last year but didnt have the money in time
    it went for about $600.the only ones i can find now are going for$1000 or more.
    i came across a post about a guy sectioning a cj7top to fit a cj5 but cant find it now has anyone done this and if so how hard was it to do.
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    i think you'd waste more time and money trying to make a 7 fit a 5..

    just my $.02

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    If you've done any fiberglass work, it wouldn't be bad. Getting the rear window openings right would be the hardest part I think. I messed around and shortened a 7 top, trying for the 1/2 cap look. Wasn't bad to cut then reassemble. Never finished it, as I now have a full cage.







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    I think the 'hardest' part would be making the damn doors.
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    The key to doing this is finding a CHEAP CJ7 top. If you can't find a CJ7 top really cheap it's not worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HackFabrication View Post
    I think the 'hardest' part would be making the damn doors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HackFabrication View Post
    I think the 'hardest' part would be making the damn doors.
    I was going to attempt this...But decided not to.
    My idea for the doors was to trace out the pattern of the curve of the door opening on a piece of cardboard. Then trace that curve on the steel door, and then cut that out. From there I was going to get some sheet metal and weld it back in the bottom and side of the door where you cut it out. The window stumped me though...There is definately some work to make this work right.
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    i was just gunna use my soft doors from my 5 dont see why they wouldnt work,since im not changing the body at all.just making the cj7 top fit the cj5 so as i see it the doors wont matter at all.
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    Your soft doors are square in the top corner though aren't they? So they wouldn't fit the curve of the door opening in the hardtop anyway.
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    I did this. It's not perfect but it works. As was said, the secret is finding a CHEAP CJ7 top. Look for one that is damaged. You can probably get it for free. I cut through the side window, then up and over to the other side and down through the other side window. Don't go straight across the top. You want to curve the cut. Get some small cheap metal or aluminum angle to temorarily bolt the halves together while you fiberglass them.

    For some reason, the bottom of my top didn't reach the tub. In another post someone mentioned that the CJ5 tub wall might not be as high as a CJ7. I'm not sure if that is right but it would explain things. I added wood to the bottom and glassed over it. What I SHOULD have done was cut the bottom off and extend it down. That's what I would do if I were to do it again (which I might next year).

    I found some fiberglass CJ7 / YJ doors that I modified to fit my tub.
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    If you were colser I would give you a top to work with for free. I have a cj 7 top that is headed to the dump soon.

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    im kickin myself in the ass i could of had a cj5 hardtop and doors for $600 last year but passed on it cause cash was a little tight.now the only ones i can find are $1000-2000.
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    Just keep your eyes open. I just bought a hard top & doors for my CJ5 about a month ago for $475. I painted it and I needed to replace the hydraulic lifts that hold up the tailgate. But, it looks great and I think I got it at a great price.
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    $475 is a pretty good deal if you ask me.im sure ill find one eventually.more than likely wont have the money to buy it when i do find one.seems thats the way she goes.
    76 cj5 some of it over here
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    Just keep an eye on Craigslist or something. I never even check ebay. Just craigslist.
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