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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Replacing Steel on SW Hardtop Connection

I'm about to remove the hardtop on my '95 SW......so far I've found the follwing link to help me with the process.

http://www.defendersource.com/mod/sw2st/index.htm

The steel connection piece between the hardtop side and the tub is rusted out. I've purchased a replacement piece and it's ready to go in. Do I have to remove the headliner if I only want to lift the back up about 8-10"? I read this is the worst part of the process. Also, do I only drill out the rivets on the back side? Are there rivets or only bolts on the inside?

I'll post some pictures later today to explain in more detail.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 11:17 AM
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I think the best approach is to take the top off completely
That means the cage and the head liner. The top is bolted to the windshield so the only way to get to the bolts is to take out the headliner. The headliner has some play so can be bent a little.
The rivets that hold the capping on are on the outside of the truck. They will need to be drilled out. Be careful and put multiple layers of tape around where you are dilling to save the body.
Some people have had the capping galvanized to stop the rust
Its not a hard job you will need some help when you pull the top off.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for the help. I'll post the pictures of the removal. I've posted a picture below of why I'm replacing it.
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Where'd you get the truck from?
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Where'd you get the truck from?
Found it in a Lowes parking lot in Patchogue, NY. Spoke with the guy and purchased it a few weeks later. It was bought new in 1996 from Glen Cove Land Rover. Now has 41,000 miles on it. He didn't drive it much in the past few years. #360.
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