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WAGONAIRE WINDSHIELD INSTALL

DICK STEINKEMP

I have watched this being done before, but was still too chicken to try it myself.

Last fall, I sold an MGB GT to a young man who lives in the neighborhood. He had shared with me that he had a former career as an auto glass installer and that he still did it “on the side”. When the Wagonaire needed the windshield put in this week, I gave him a buzz. We scheduled it for today.

Adam showed up right on time and test fit the new gasket to the windshield


When he was satisfied that the gasket was correct, he inserted the stainless trim into it


And taped the gasket to the window in several spots to insure it stayed in place


Then he inserted the rope into the channel that would fit into the opening in the body



He filled the part of the gasket that would lay against the outside of the body with this stuff



He also coated the inner portion of the gasket with linseed oil to make it slippery so that it would slide into place easier


These rubber suction cups are magic! Adam put them into place then worked the little pump on them to firmly attach them to the glass



Ready for the scary part. Adam carried the assembly to the car. I am supposed to catch the other end!




Once in place, my job was to climb into the engine compartment and hold it there. I think this was mainly Adams way of keeping me occupied and out of the way


Adam pulled the rope and the lip of the gasket fell neatly into place


He slapped the windshield with his palm to fully seat the gasket


Adam then shot a bead of the bedding compound under the windshield side of the gasket


He assured me that gooey mess was a good thing.It showed the gasket was fully sealed to the body and to the glass


Cleaning up the gooey mess took less time than I would have thought. First glass cleaner and a plastic knife


Then a razor blade on the glass side


Then some solvent on a clean rag


Done!


WAGONAIRE WINDSHIELD INSTALL

DICK STEINKEMP