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Old September 3rd, 2012, 03:20 AM
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Spent yesterday removing and labeling all of the FFR equipment. My 9 year old helped me. A vise grip and 13mm and 10mm is pretty much all we used. One last rusty bolt held us up and we had to have a place down the street break it free for $20 tip.

Today we removed the hard top. It was a great project for us and I am glad we chose to do it ourselves even with the bruises, bloody hands and grease. For anyone taking off a hard top on an ex MOD be prepared to scrape years and layers of paint. The paint not the bolts was gluing the top on! The hardest job was removing all of the cement like weatherstripping from the windscreen. That took 2 hours alone it was so tight and and 3 of us to finally yank it free!

Next is installing the hood sticks and canvas but I'm scared it won't fit in my garage as it barely fits now with nothing on it.

The weather is perfect for a convertible and it was worth it. My daughter can now say she removed military equipment and a roof from a truck... She said "no one at school will believe me... Everyone thinks I lie when I tell them what I do" so I said I'd drive her to school in it and write a note verifying it. We stick out like a sore thumb in LA. problem now is getting seat belts and a rear seat. we also have no tailgate so anything can just roll right out!
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 03:23 AM
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I also recommend putting cardboard in as you go as spacers to separate the top from the body. It was a nice buffer and kept it from re-sticking.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 10:29 AM
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Excellent, good to see another mod running around Socal.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Looks great, that is going to be a fun project. Are you going to keep the military theme going? I watched some crappy Movie on Netflix last night about some guys in Afghanistan and the mercs were driving two old military 110s with soft tops. They looked pretty bad ass
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:18 PM
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There are kits you can buy for the seatbelts or you can buy used seatbelts from ebay UK.
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Old September 4th, 2012, 03:13 AM
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I am thinking of PRP seats because I need a matching read bench front facing seat... Genuine land rover and similar like exmoor are nice but so pricey... Many aftermarket seats have built in harnesses too... Anyone recommend some nice aftermarket seats?

And yes, keeping the camo paint and have an exmoor canvas hood and sticks so I keeping the military "theme" but still need safety. Not worried about rollover as this thing is slow and solid. I don't do really crazy rock climbing so far I've just run over all the curbs in the home depot parking lot and gone through the bumpy desert roads.
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Old September 4th, 2012, 04:52 AM
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