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Old 01-17-2019, 07:41 PM
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Winshield questions, windshield weatherstripping, installing, etc

Hi all,

Reading through some threads about replacing windshields, it seems like the basic idea was that the windshield was being held in by the weatherstripping only?

I notice on my truck there are metal "clamp" looking strips with screws, that to me, look like they hold the windshield in position. Like you couldn't remove the windshield wthout removing these metal strips first.

The metal strips are on the inside of the windshield. I'm attaching pictures showing you what i mean.

As you can see they have rust on them, because the truck still has a small water leak somewhere along the windshield even though I've tried to do some ghetto repair with RTV to seal it up better - also on the outside weatherstrip of the windshield I even pulled the rubber back and squirted a bunch of Permatex windshield sealer (it's a really runny clear RTV made for windshields) and I still haven't seemed to track the leak down

Anyway, I was daydreaming of replacing the windshield and /or weatherstrip. Seems most people say to put on the rubber onto the windshield and then use the rope method to install the windshield into the opening.

But they never mention what these steel strip clamp-looking things are. It looks like they hold the windshield in somehow.

Does anyone know what these are and if they are used for holding the windshield? I haven't seen any mention of them in any other windshield posts that talk about windshield replacement

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Those are "Windshield weatherstrip retainers" (upper P/N D8TZ-1003106-A, lower P/N D8TZ-9803294-A). These were only used on 77 (s/n 040,001) and later models. Earlier trucks didn't use them.
I'm away from home right now (work) so I don't have access to my manuals, but my guess is, because they are called weatherstrip retainers, you'll need to remove them to replace the glass and/or weatherstripping.
 
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Those are "Windshield weatherstrip retainers" (upper P/N D8TZ-1003106-A, lower P/N D8TZ-9803294-A). These were only used on 77 (s/n 040,001) and later models. Earlier trucks didn't use them.
I'm away from home right now (work) so I don't have access to my manuals, but my guess is, because they are called weatherstrip retainers, you'll need to remove them to replace the glass and/or weatherstripping.
Here's what these puppies look like: See 03106 & 03294 in pic:

btw: The 1977 serial number is actually O40,001 (letter O, not a zero).


 
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btw: The 1977 serial number is actually O40,001 (letter O, not a zero).
Yeah Bill, I caught that after I'd already hit "submit reply".
 
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The word on the street is that these "metal clamps" were added to prevent the windshield from popping out of the windshield opening in the event of a crash where an unbelted occupant is thrown into the windshield and dislodging it.

Also word on the street is: the "later" 78-79 hoods (maybe 77?) have those "windows" cut into the support structure under the hood on either side, is to provide a crumple point for the hood so it doesn't get pushed through the windshield in a head-on accident.
 
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