How to install an ACME top?

City
Terlingua
State
TX
#1
Hey Y’all,
I have an ‘81 Scrambler that came with a soft top. I recently bought an ACME hard top and doors. I really like the top because it has a sun roof!

First I’m not sure if this was originally made for an 8 or not. It came off a 7 but has the right dimensions for an 8. The only thing that is throwing me off is that the back is hinged and opens. That’s what makes me think it might not be for an 8 because it would hit the roll bar when the back opens. I really don’t want to remove my roll bar.

So I guess my questions are, how does this thing mount to the cab? I didn’t get any mounting hardware. Is that hardware still available?

Thanks
Brad
 

ag4ever

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City
Richmond
State
TX
#3
Looks like a factory top that had a liftgate grafted into it. The sunroof and liftgate are not factory for a 7 or an 8.

Edit, after looking at it on a computer, not my phone: Looks like a CJ-7 top that has been cut and grafted together. You can see a line in the second photo of the joint and on the third you see the interior step of the graft.

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Top2.JPG

Just run it like it is and know you have a very rare top.
 
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Kim Dawson

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City
Molalla
State
Or
#4
Very rare half hardtop. Only one I've ever seen. The hatch on my full Acme hardtop is 47 inches wide. Both Scrambler and CJ7 have 48 inches between the roll bars. If your hatch is less than 48" then maybe you can adjust the fit a little for clearance. Other wise, leave it closed and have a great conversation piece for a hardtop.
 

walkerhoundvm

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Cave Creek
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AZ
#5
Looks like a factory top that had a liftgate grafted into it. The sunroof and liftgate are not factory for a 7 or an 8.
Maybe not factory, but dealers (and probably shops) put a ton of sunroofs on CJ8 half tops in the 80s. Mine had one I'm pretty sure no previous owner could have managed to install.

I agree that this particular one is a cut down of a CJ7 though.
 
City
Terlingua
State
TX
#7
I might be wrong, but think this is a solid top that has not been cut. When I said it might be for a 7 I was referring to the tops that Acme made for 7’a that turn then into a Scrambler like vehicle. I think what y’all are seeing is a stress crack. But I’m absolutely guessing.

Some more pictures.
 

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Kim Dawson

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City
Molalla
State
Or
#9
If it were cut down, the inside of the top would probably show signs more than the outside. Are there holes on the underside of the top where it sits on the body? Or are there holes on the inside where a latch would have mounted? Above the windshield should be holes for latches or a string of holes for a sheet metal plate that would screw to the windshield frame. We need some inside pictures.
 

CJ7Pilot

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Yuba City
State
CA
#10
This looks like my top except the fact that mine has a sunroof and the back opens.
Here's the caption that goes with that photo: "This is my 1986 CJ-7 with a custom made Acme top modified to a half cab...."

It seems like yours may be a one-off, maybe a factory one-off. :shrug:

As far as mounting it, if there are no mounting holes on the side flanges, maybe some camper shell clamps would work.

Good luck! :cheers:
 
City
Terlingua
State
TX
#11
Here's the caption that goes with that photo: "This is my 1986 CJ-7 with a custom made Acme top modified to a half cab...."

It seems like yours may be a one-off, maybe a factory one-off. :shrug:

As far as mounting it, if there are no mounting holes on the side flanges, maybe some camper shell clamps would work.

Good luck! :cheers:
Thanks for appropriate caption. A friend texted me the photo without the caption.
 

Kim Dawson

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City
Molalla
State
Or
#14
Acme hardtops use a draw-catch like the ones on your top. McMaster-Carr sells this type of catch and some members have used them. On full hardtops they hook on the edge of the body and tighten down. Probably works the same way on the body on yours. For the windshield, either there needs to be slots in your windshield or most likely another piece screwed to the windshield that the catch hooks onto. Two sets from McMaster would give you the catches for the body and the clips for the windshield as long as your front catches are in good shape. What is the distance across the lower part of the hatch? Just curious if it will clear the roll bar's 48" opening. Looks like a rare possibly prototype top. Like you said, it doesn't look like it's been modified. Restore it, use it, and be thrilled that you have the (most likely) only one.
 
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