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Randy Schultz
Posted 2019-05-07 6:35 PM (#581909)
Subject: Looking for windshield install experience


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Hi, I am putting a windshield in a 57 Dodge. I got a Pilkington glass and a gasket off the internet. The gasket is really thick and heavy. It has been rolled backwards from what need so it coils and just fights me all the way. I have installed several windshields in 60's cars but this is a lot harder. Does anyone have any better source for windshield gaskets? Or any tips to install? Ive worked 3 hours on it and its in the same place when I started.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-05-07 8:12 PM (#581913 - in reply to #581909)
Subject: Re: Looking for windshield install experience


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what gasket did you get? a factory seal? this is a two man job and the top goes in first.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjdV1amZFdg

 

 



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Randy Schultz
Posted 2019-05-07 8:55 PM (#581916 - in reply to #581913)
Subject: Re: Looking for windshield install experience


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That's a pretty good video. Thanks for pointing that out. The gasket I got the guy said that was all that was available anymore. It is two piece with a bottom and a different top strip that butts together at the corners and you trim to fit. It is just unbelievably thick and heavy. Being permanently coiled makes it a bear to get to stay on the pinch seam. Im going to shop the internet tomorrow and see what else I can find. I was hoping someone would have a gasket source that would be better.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-05-07 10:35 PM (#581921 - in reply to #581909)
Subject: Re: Looking for windshield install experience


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your probably going to have to pay a lot for a professional install with that split window seal. A auto install custom shop might be able to do it.

I think a rear two piece(cut into 4) would be easy but the front has a big curve at the top that will "bind" and i think this is what your running into.

I am selling originals but they aren't cheap. if you have a sedan its cheap

If a 2 door hardtop its gonna hurt. I would lose my mind trying to fit a 2 piece. There are various types of seals also.

Here is my video and you can see the original seals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piNBvcMv5xY



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big m
Posted 2019-05-08 10:01 AM (#581935 - in reply to #581909)
Subject: Re: Looking for windshield install experience



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I've installed lots of windshields on these cars by myself, but always using a good, used gasket.

Every reproduction one I've seen is made incorrectly, or has too many junctions that have to be made.

---John
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ronbo97
Posted 2019-05-08 4:08 PM (#581945 - in reply to #581935)
Subject: Re: Looking for windshield install experience


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Send gasket back to who ever you bought it from and get your money back. You should shop around and talk to people that may have one off a parts car.

You didn't mention what bodystyle you have: sedan, hardtop and convertible all use different gaskets. Just FYI.

Comments from Mike and Big M are sage advice.

Ron

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LD3 Greg
Posted 2019-05-08 11:50 PM (#581960 - in reply to #581935)
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big m - 2019-05-08 10:01 AM

I've installed lots of windshields on these cars by myself, but always using a good, used gasket.

Every reproduction one I've seen is made incorrectly, or has too many junctions that have to be made.

---John


Me too!! Easier with two people but the lack of help never stopped me from doing the job!

Those of us in the cold "rust belt" could at least get decent rubber components.

Greg
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