WAGONAIRE WINDSHIELD INSTALL
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