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    Default Building a jig for my Jeep canopy, mmm... fun...

    So it’s my anniversary, with my wife not my car, 29 years gone in a flash, must have been drunk most of them cause I can hardly remember much, must be my two week memory span thing...

    Anyway, I know this is technically Jeep, but that’s just coincidence, could be any canopy jig for what it’s worth... maybe.... so it goes into the pub section, mods please move it with pleasure if it offends anyone vehicle neutral...

    Ya so, woke up on Saturday with a great desire to make my anniversary worthwhile, so I gathered my bakkie, my dog and my paper scribbles and went off to Edenvale steel & tube for some quality shopping..

    I was very spoilt in my recently sold 2nd hand home garage, while space was limited, it boasted a 3.2m tall cast concrete ceiling, which at the time prompted my purchasing a fredlin hoist to lift the Jeep canopy way up into the stratosphere, cause Jeeps are useless with their roof on, some would argue with the roof off as well, but hell, as my teenage son reminds me all to often, if you have it, flaunt it...

    Anyway, I digress, must be the red wine..., wait, let me reload my tumbler...
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    Aaaah, nectar of the Gods... right, good juice, good tunes, letís continue....
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    So as fortunes have it, my new 2nd hand home has all the space I need (for now) in my man cave garage, mine, not sharing with the missus, or the kids or whomever, just point mine.... except that no matter how wide or deep that garage is, it’s frikking low to the head ceiling wise, no way I can get the hoist on there and jack up the canopy to clear my sensitive bald parts when I walk around, sound or inebriated....

    The other garage where I park the boring transport is barely better height wise, so since an up solution is not going to prove itself functional, might as well go sideways... maybe...
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Sh1t, motogp, missed the start, be back later gents....
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    eish.

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    Ok, back, what a win..!!

    so got myself some 38mm x 50mm x 1,6mm tubing, 3 lengths x 6.0m..
    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Laid out for some thinking time...
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    1976 CJ-7, 400CI + Holley EFI, Tera-Low 3,15:1 twin stick, ARB's front & rear, oil leaks & plenty more....

    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Loosened her buttons and gently lifted her top....
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    The reason for the pole in the previous pic is to find out where the balance point is, the logic to this will play out later, but the loading on the planned pivot point must be biased slightly backwards..
    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

    1976 CJ-7, 400CI + Holley EFI, Tera-Low 3,15:1 twin stick, ARB's front & rear, oil leaks & plenty more....

    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Trimmed to size and cut the corners for welding...
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Made up 2 frames, welded up the lower frame..
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Added some castors to the base frame to make things easier to move, the Jeep canopy from Ď76 is damn heavy, itís not this thin fiberglass stuff used nowadays, itís thick, damn hard and heavy to maneuver..
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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Worked out the length of the uprights, Drilled some 20mm holes for the bullet hinges I am planning to use..
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    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Finished the uprights, finished the upper frame, added some triangulation for support and then checked the pivot...
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    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

    1976 CJ-7, 400CI + Holley EFI, Tera-Low 3,15:1 twin stick, ARB's front & rear, oil leaks & plenty more....

    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Added some side plates to locate the canopy, added a small support to keep the upper frame horizontal. Added some stoppers to stop the upper frame from lifting much more than horizontal, this is needed to stop the canopy nosediving when being placed on the jig..

    tested the jig for fit, while looking at the photo one would swear that thise whole lot is going to nosedive, in fact the weight distribution is about 55% biased towards the back so there is no risk of this.
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    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Made some angle iron clamps securing the front of the canopy to the upper frame, welded some plate on the back of the frame to stop the canopy sliding off backwards..
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    1976 CJ-7, 400CI + Holley EFI, Tera-Low 3,15:1 twin stick, ARB's front & rear, oil leaks & plenty more....

    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Then the main test, flipped the canopy into storage mode.. works a treat, will need some gas dampers to help with rotating this thing horizontal again because with the weight distribution having rotated through 90 degrees, itís heavy..
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    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Last was to build a housing that fits inside the canopy in order to support the doors, this housing is fixed to the upper frame so does not get in the way of anything...

    There you go, all done, all in not too difficult a task, nice an convenient way to store the goods for summer, easy to roll around the garage if I need to move it....

    Now for some paint.. Over & out till the next build..
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    Every dog has its day, and those with broken tails have their weak-ends...

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    All my other petrol burners are boring....

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    Welldone
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    Very nicely done!!

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