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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-19-2018, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Front Windshield Install 63 Gal.

Installed the headliner and back glass, then got to the front glass and found my limitation. Had a couple local guys helping who have been doing restorations there entire life and for the life of us this front glass will not go in. I even purchased a second seal as we thought the first may have been too short. The second one fit perfect confirming that problem, but as of last night we still couldn't get the glass/seal to seat far enough down on lip for top to go in?

The guys helping me are not new to this, and one has completed more than a few partial to full restorations, as he reminds me Chevy's are a lot easier LOL.

We are at the point of thinking either higher it done OR purchase new front glass, trying to use the original.

Any ideas/tricks?
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Re: Front Windshield Install 63 Gal.

I hate to ask this question, but which style of Gal... 2dr, 4dr, convertible?
in some cases the window size might be different..
next you can not install a new window in that old seal... it's 50 yo..
If you have the glass and are pretty sure the gasket is correct, (I'd double check)
then step up to the plate and get a professional company.. like
safelite they charge about $80 an hour, but they do have discounts on the net...
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Only the glass is original. We have purchased two new seals from different companies. The Dearborn seal was too short, I would not recommend them. Second seal was purchased from Steel Rubber, good fit. We think the rough edges of the glass could be preventing the bottom from sitting down all the way. Making phone calls this week.
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Did you ever solve this problem?


I'm getting ready to install a new seal in my 65 merc cyclone. It would be great to get some more information about how you solved the problem. Thanks
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Did you ever solve this problem?


I'm getting ready to install a new seal in my 65 merc cyclone. It would be great to get some more information about how you solved the problem. Thanks
I ended up hiring Safelite Auto, BUT will say my particular car was not easy to get the front glass in. Because I hired it, they told me I needed new glass, mine had a crack in it and they would not install. O.K.! That's my whole years funding spent on a new windshield, but it is nice! With that being said the first time they came out they ordered/received the wrong glass for my model, that was after 4hrs of trying to install with the owner and his best man ( who just happened to be the "dude" that sold his business to safelite). 2 months later due to ordering another windshield and my vacation and his, he (previous owner) showed back up. I will say he installed it within less than 2hrs. Also will say he struggled the whole way and ended up putting the top in first and then working the bottom, which is totally reverse how it should go in. Due to my model the glass wraps around the sides so there is a lot of geometry holding and fighting you.
I kept my old glass and believe we could have used it.
The local guys helping my I really think could have gotten it, but neither of them believed the top would have gotten in first.
Negative: my seal did not set correctly on the bottom center about 3". The installer just could not get the seal to go over the lip, but felt it was secure and best he could do.
Would I hire them again, YES very friendly and informative. I wish I would have video the whole thing, but did not ask.
Lots of patient and trying different methods, now that I've watched and assisted I would try it on my own.
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Re: Front Windshield Install 63 Gal.

I am going to add for anyone regardless of make / model. I wish I would have taken the glass out when we did the restoration! Not sure if it was due to funds available (most likely) or fear of putting in the new liner. The liner was one of the easiest things I have ever done. I did not install insulation, but treated the inside metal with rust proof paint and cleaned it up best of my ability. I did not use original trim around window's to secure headliner, but instead used "trimlok" that is easily found and ordered. I just happen to be lucky that my firm carries a couple different sizes and I was able to purchase at there cost. The stuff is dirt cheap any way.

Know having completed the glass and new seals my overall paint finish would have been better, BUT this car is a driver and not a show car.
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