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Old 09-07-2016, 10:00 PM   #46
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You might be surprised by how much weight that back window can support. I scrapped cars for 2 years, broke many windows. Once swung a sledge hammer at the middle of the back window of a 1980 Camaro, it bounced! Watched the glass flex in about an inch or so. Don't think I would test the theory on my own car though.
The curvature of that back window is to a more severe degree than the XJ rear windows. I assure you, it would NOT withstand such shenanigans with a sledgehammer.
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Your rack reminds me of mine. I used a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" aluminum. I'm honestly really happy with it! Makes it really easy to slide things across it and it isn't course like expanded metal can be.
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Your rack reminds me of mine. I used a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" aluminum. I'm honestly really happy with it! Makes it really easy to slide things across it and it isn't course like expanded metal can be.
Interesting design. I like it. What made you decide to leave the back open?
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Interesting design. I like it. What made you decide to leave the back open?
It makes it easy to slide things up from the back. It works out well when something is heavy.
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It makes it easy to slide things up from the back. It works out well when something is heavy.
Nice.
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Your rack reminds me of mine. I used a 4x8 sheet of 3/8" aluminum. I'm honestly really happy with it! Makes it really easy to slide things across it and it isn't course like expanded metal can be.
That looks fresh! Aluminum sheet isn't off the table yet...
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Warm weather brings updates!

I'm sorry, but I am just not the type to freeze my *** off on something I don't HAVE to finish and then can't exactly paint - well, without bugging my neighbor to use his booth. Beside the point, I really hadn't yet figured out what I was doing for a latch... We'll call that done now. On with the pics!

Here is the bracket setup I came up with. I found this latch off CarParts.com. It's a pretty simple/compact latch that's conveniently yellow-zinc plated. I wasn't thrilled about the play in it, but once you have a sure-enough rigidly mounted pin for it to strike against, it's all good. the other two holes are for some rubber bumpers that cushion the strike and as well take up any rattly play.



Here it is installed, all welded up and latched. It hits like a Mosler safe - so happy with it - zero rattle and you have to drop it from a few inches out to overcome the strike bushings. I wouldn't change a thing. The picture doesn't look like the bushings compress much, but it's actually perfect. I'll also be able to shim them out as they take a set over time. I'm a little worried the latch level might be vulnerable but that's too be seen I guess. I may trim it back or make a guard of sorts. Just relishing in the fact that it works at the moment though; lol.





I'll get some better pictures of everything once it's all painted up. Getting there!!!

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Lookin' real good man!
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