Nine…



(above) Six days later…





(above) Opened the Jeep rear door to check the playing conditions…





(above) Not good…Since I last checked, a heap of rain has fallen…The back door obviously leaks…





(above) Depth gauge in back…





(above) Deal with that later…Now is dry, skylight type things fix better in dry…





(above) Pre-existing…





(above) A peek inside to see if anything leaked in the days since before rain…Oh yeah…





(above) Light relay thinggys submerged…





(above) What came out…Five gallon bucket…





(above) After the sponge out, I set up a heater…





(above) Look humid to you…???…Thankfully the upper fabric on the lift-up is Gore-Tex…





(above) To the back door…The door here fits factory flush…





(above) Up high, it opens up close to 1/2”…





(above) Same on the curb-side…





(above) Solutions…???…





(above) Light pressure…Time to think…





(above) While thinking, I move up here…





(above) Funky…





(above) I went back in to check out how dry and warm things were getting…While in there I move the once submerged “light things” out front and spread ‘em out…This wiring is pretty well done…Still crimped but done right…I’ll board mount them before they get buried…





(above) After thinking a while, I returned to a big leak due to a less than great design…See up high on the right…No hinge…There are two hinges low and the lack of another hinge (or two) and the fiberglass E.R. custom door falls away at the top…Gasketing won’t help…L-Beam bracing might…Too much work, Brah…





(above) Mo’ bettah to use U-Channel…I had this piece in the garage from…???… Up here it will be installed as a gutter / deflector for the significant water that comes off the back with the roof up…





(above) Aluminum 3/4” channel from Lowes…


My theory back here is this: The door is warped and no gasket will be reliable, so I accepted that the door is leak prone…And without throwing serious money into a door redesign the next best thing is to gutter over the top……A compromise solution…But one I’m happy with…Puttiing the gutter 1/4” from the door keeps a huge percentage of water off the door gasketing…Next…





(above) With that resolved, time to double up on heaters inside…





(above) While the cab-over roof warms, inside the shop, the U-channel is wet sanded…


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