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Re: GT Windscreen

To: Graham McCann <>
Subject: Re: GT Windscreen
From: Bill Schooler <>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 07:37:51 -0500
Graham McCann wrote:
> At 12:17 pm 4/2/98 EST, ROBERT G. HOWARD wrote:
> >Graham,
> >   But, at this age, does one not face the old rubber being brittle and
> >splitting?
> >Bob
> Yes.  It is a matter of judgement about the condition of the old strip.  It
> is such a swine of a job one looks for any aid to getting that strip in
> that is available!
> regards,
> Graham
> 97 MGF
> Graham McCann  Rivett, ACT. Australia
> Phone/Fax: +61 2 62889055
> ______________________________________________________________

Paul Hunt put up an excellent message on this subject, some time ago. 
Managed to find it in my files, and with acknowledgement to Paul, am
quoting it here.

> Had my windscreen replaced this weekend by a pro.  He runs his own
> business (Birmingham Windscreens), been doing it for 20 years or 
> more, and has two classics (not MG) in the workshop under restoration 
> on quiet afternoons.  He gave me several tips which, with your 
> indulgence, I shall pass on. 
> When removing the trim strips make sure you know exactly which piece 
> goes where, and which way up.  They will come off looking like 
> corkscrews, don't try to straighten them or you won't get them back 
> in again.
> Remove the rubber beading that is concealed by the trim strips.  
> Press the top of the windscreen out from the inside using hand 
> pressure.  Lift out the old glass.  Leave the rubber in the 
> car, remove all dirt and old sealant.  By the way, he said that 
> replacement rubbers don't have such deep lips to hold the trim 
> strips, which makes them a pig to fit so they stay in.
> When fitting the new glass get one bottom corner in firmly, then work 
> your way along the bottom and part way up the sides lifting the 
> rubber so that it rests on the edge of the glass, not overlapping 
> yet.  Only when you have done the bottom and part of the sides should 
> you use hand pressure on the face of the glass to press it into the 
> groove.
> Now do the same with the top half, and when the rubber is resting on 
> the edge of the glass all the way round, use hand-pressure again to 
> press it into place.
> Inject sealant under the edge of the rubber, then fit the rubber 
> beading (this was the only bit where he used a specialist tool, but 
> it isn't essential).
> Now to refit the trim.  With all the trim, fit the paint side into 
> the rubber first and use an implement to lift the rubber lip over 
> the trim strip.  That way if the implement slips, it goes onto the 
> glass not the paint.
> Fit the corner pieces first, then the sides, bottom and top.
> When fitting the sides, top and bottom, look at the twist and start 
> with whichever end allows you to fit the paint side under the rubber 
> lip first so you have to press the glass side down against the twist.
> That was about it, one hour doing it on his own except for someone 
> scraping the excess sealant away and polishing it up afterwards.
> PaulH
> 73 Roadster (HD&H)
> 75 V8 (DD)

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