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Windshield installation

#1 Post by Alan Close » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:02 pm

Tips on when and how to insert the aluminum strip.

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Re: Windshield installation

#2 Post by Alan Close » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:03 pm

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Re: Windshield installation

#3 Post by Alan Close » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:04 pm

Tips on when and how to insert the aluminum spacer.

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Re: Windshield installation

#4 Post by Dave Wildrick » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:22 pm

You have to insert it into its groove in the rubber gasket BEFORE you try to put the windshield in place.
You need lube and strong fingers to get the J-shaped "hook" to engage the groove. Some use vaseline, but I have usually used soapy water.
I have also used a soft plastic-jawed very short ratchet-type bar clamp to gradually squeeze the aluminum piece into its groove, to avoid damaging the shiny aluminum surface.
See: https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tool ... 62122.html

Then you need a soapy water lubed nylon cord, about the diameter of parachute cord, wrapped all the way around the rubber channel that ends up inside the car--overlapping the ends of the cord and gradually pulling it to the inside of the metal windshield surround. It helps if a partner gently pushes on the glass as you pull the ends.
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Re: Windshield installation

#5 Post by Dave Wildrick » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:35 pm

Here's the link to the Registry's Troubleshooting and Repair file on this:
https://porsche356registry.org/article/117
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Re: Windshield installation

#6 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:09 am

Also if using a new trim piece you will need to bend it to correct curvature as you go. Or it will end up pulling the seal away from the glass and make it nearly impossible to install the windshield. New trim strips will be longer so you will need to trim at some point. I did it near end of installation by using a modern Silicone Trivet "Hotplate" between glass and trim so I didn't slip and mar the glass with my dremel. Prior to installation mark center of windshield and center of opening with washable marker. This makes it easier to position the windshield for install.
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Re: Windshield installation

#7 Post by Dave Wildrick » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:11 pm

Doug McDonnell wrote: New trim strips will be longer so you will need to trim at some point.
My new trim pieces from Stoddard's were each about 1/2 inch longer than the old ones. It's a good idea to keep your old trim pieces and check the length against the new ones to determine how much you need to trim.
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Re: Windshield installation

#8 Post by Wes Bender » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:17 am

...and trim both halves by an equal amount. Otherwise the joint will be off center. (Saw a "colorful" shop in Tucson trim one the wrong way. Cost them an extra piece of trim to get it right.)
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