Wagonaire – Installing the Windshield

I’ve 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…

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

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

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

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

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

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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…

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Ready for the scary part.  Adam carried the assembly to the car.  I’m supposed to “catch” the other end…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Then a razor blade on the glass side…

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Then some solvent on a clean rag.

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Done!

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6 Responses to Wagonaire – Installing the Windshield

  1. bluecorduroy says:

    that string part is genius! what a nice guy andy is.

  2. becca says:

    can i get a couple of those suction cups? they’d be perfect for my spiderman-style glass building climb….

  3. Bill Clay SDC member says:

    Great photos! I need to do this to my Wagonaire. This is great help!

  4. Bill Clay SDC membet says:

    Thanks Dick, Finally put the new windshield in!

    • JAMES B KISTLER says:

      Is there any possibility to get photos—Photobucket doesn’t work–no pictures

      • James. Sorry it took so long, but I have updated the Wagonaire windshield blog with pictures. They got caught up in the PhotoBucket nightmare and it is taking some time to recover. Regards, Dick.

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