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Old 07-11-2011, 12:31 PM
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Windshield Installation

There was a little discussion on installation of windshields last week....so I documented my installation this weekend with a few photos! Here's the process:

Test fit the seal to the clean glass:



Clean the sealing surface on the windshield frame in the cab...


Here's the sealant that I used....I picked this up from the classic Mustang shop that is around the corner from my office:


Put a small bead of sealant in the grove of the seal...this is the glass to rubber seal


Press the seal onto the glass & wipe off the excess with paint thinner and clean paper towels....wear some nitrile gloves


Put a thin rope into the seal. It has to go all the way around



Here's another view of the rope going in...


Now...put a bead of sealant in the frame. This will be the seal of the rubber to the metal.


Here's the bead:


Put some soapy water on the inside part of the seal where it has to slide over the windshield frame


Slide in one corner of the seal & press the windshield into the frame



Here's where you need a helper!



Start pulling the rope to slip the seal over the frame



While you're pulling, have yout helper maintain firm pressure so the seal is against the frame while you pull the rope



And viola! Windshield is installed!! Wipe off the excess sealant with some paint thinner!

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:43 PM
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good pics, thanks.
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Thanks for the tutorial. I wish I had used the butyl during the install instead of after, much neater and easier to clean up
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Nice.Thanks for the step by step.I will be installing my glass soon and will
use this info.Added to favorites.
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Thanks Dan, Ill file this one in my how to folder, you did a great job on it.
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thanks. should be a sticky
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Thanks for taking your time to post this.
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Nice job on the documentation!
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That windshield looks really nice!

Looks like I'll be the "helper" when you help me install the windshield in my 52 once I get the new rubber for the 5 Star trim.
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Thanks Old Dan for the wonderful and informative post.I agree your post should be saved somewhere (tips and tricks maybe?)
All the best!
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Thanks for all of the kind words....and yes Ilya....we'll do your windshield as soon as you have the seal.

The part that doesn't show up well is the fact that the sealant oozes out around the whole seal & it took an entire roll of paper towels, several pairs of nitrile gloves and a bunch of paint thinner to clean the excess. Since the sealant doesn't really ever dry, there is no big rush to clean up the mess.

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Great, im going to save this in my favorites. i hope my 55 windshield goes in as well.
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Thanks so much answered all my questions!
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So for a 5 Star Extra trim, do you install that first or last?
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For the stainless w/s trim, make sure that the tabs in the cab's w/s opening are cut off, then insert the trim into the weatherstrip and install the windshield.

Short answer, install s/s trim before you install the glass into the cab.
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