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55 Chevy windshield install. Can I do this myself?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Edelbroke, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. CaddyRat
    Joined: Jan 7, 2005
    Posts: 577


  2. joco
    Joined: Nov 8, 2009
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  3. jstanotheidiot
    Joined: Oct 23, 2008
    Posts: 136


    Never use wd40 if you plan on painting car in future it will cause fish eyes And most glass shops Will NOT guarantee breakage of customer supplied glass. The older glass gets the more brittle it get's
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013
  4. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    the soap is a good one, as jstanotheidiot < says skip the wd40.

    fish eyes can come from a all kinds of things.

    clean the car 1/3
    clean your self (paint suit) 1/3
    and last ly the booth (area) 1/3
    3/3rds is where the dirt /flaws / contaminates come from, while preparing for paint.

  5. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,253


    ogre x2. Do not use WD-40 as its not a lubricant. WD-40's function in life is to displace water. Thats what WD means. Dawn dish soap is a good lubricant.
  6. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,506


    And some stainless on some cars MUST go in the seal BEFORE you mount the glass to the body. Usually it's the top piece(s). It there is a right and a left, dont forget the little piece that covers up the gap in the center.
  7. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,356

    from texas

    Simple is very good for slipping rubber around glass and good for the install.
  8. chuckekelly
    Joined: Jan 6, 2008
    Posts: 18


    If the windshield has been laying flat out it may not even fit! they have a tendencey to shrink and streach out ,according to how was it stored
  9. pride63
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
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  10. Rattle Trap
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 358

    Rattle Trap

    Parachute cord works real well instead of twine. And mix up some soapy water in a spray bottle for lube. The more lube the better. Get a buddy to help you as an extra hand is a must for a first timer.
  11. auto shop
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
    Posts: 284

    auto shop
    from kentucky

    Cost of appointment,cost of windsheild? Glass can be funny at times.
  12. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,289

    from MB, SC

    Make sure you have the right rubber molding. The rubber for the stainless trim has an extra grove in it. I was ready to install the back glass on my 52 and realized that day that my rubber was wrong and had to reorder. Good luck.

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