DIY Bikini Top for Willys Jeep
A tarp, some grommets, and a little time.
Riding with the top down and the window folded forward in an open-top Jeep, early Land Cruiser, Land Rover, Suzuki Samurai, and a few others is a feeling that just can't be equaled. It's an instantaneous surefire way to earn a perma-smile, but the sunburn that can come from more than a few hours in the sun can also make memories, and not in a good way. Last year we drove our 1946 CJ-2a on the first inaugural Go Devil Run, starting just north of Phoenix, Arizona (here and here). The run was a blast, but by the end we had just about enough time in the direct sun to last a few years. So, with the second Go Devil Run right around the corner, we decided we needed more top, more shade, less Arizona sun. Ideally we'd love to run some factory-style soft top bows for our CJ-2a, but sadly they are backordered. We'd love to run an original-style summer top, but we didn't get that ordered early enough, so we did what we do and backed up and punted. Specifically, what we did was order a 4-by-4-foot canvas tarp from the internet. Add to that a grommet installation tool from the hardware store, a handful of self-tapping screws, and some flat washers, and we were in business well, really, in the shade. This is very similar to what we did for Ultimate Adventure for the UA Long Range Jeep last summer in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. The fact is, this is a pretty easy start and a good way to make a fairly period-correct bikini top for any old Jeep.