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|FJ40 Land Cruiser Hardtop Removal
|There are a handful of bolts to remove. First, you want to start with
the cap bolts in front. These are 10mm. Use an open end wrench as it
will be difficult to get a socket in there. There are two L brackets
inside. Sit in the seat and look beside each visor. They are attached
with two Phillips Head Screws. Remove them, 4 total. While in there,
you will notice on '75 up models there is an interior light, they are
quick connected in. Unconnect them at the front drivers side (right
beside the L Bracket). Next, you will need to remove the back doors on
75 up models. The are 2 hinges on each door with 4 screws in each
hinge. These screw often strip out. No prob, use a set of Vise Grips
and that'll start them. We have replacements. Now, you are ready to
remove the ones inside. You will see them along the bottom of the
hardtop where it meets the tub. Take your time here, these snap off
easily. This is the most aggravating part. There are about a dozen. At
the front of each side panel there is a post that extends into the
body. There is a set screw that reatin tension. You will probably need
to loosen it. The door are ready to come off. They are held on by two
pins, and a retaining arm on the inside. The pins come out best by
tapping them with a punch and hammer. The retaining arms are held to
the door by a bolt. Remove it being careful to save the nylon washers.
At this point, you are ready to lift the cap off. It isn't light, and
generally requires two to make the job easier. Lift it approximately a
foot to get the top post out of its slot and carry it towards the back
of the vehicle. You will probably need to raise it a bit to clear the
Make sure to save all gaskets and bolts. They are generally reuseable.
There should be 2 gasket on each side of the hardtop and one along the
wind shield top. A total of 5 rubber gaskets. Store your hardtop
inside, or your headliner may fall out due to temperature and humidity
MAKE SURE TO WEAR YOUR SEATBELT!
You or your passengers can easily be thrown from the vehicle.
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