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Old 05-15-2004, 02:25 PM
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Everyone should experience this once

Spent a couple hours today installing the glass (windshield and rear window) in the cab of the '53. Although some people say this is a relatively simple process, I tend to disagree. From my point of view it was a royal pain in the *****.

It took 3 of us to get the job done and I managed to put a very minor scratch in the dash. Not that big a deal since it's easily repairable. Just a couple trim pieces to bolt on and the glass (other than the doors) is finished. Ye-haw!





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Old 05-15-2004, 02:55 PM
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Old 05-15-2004, 06:39 PM
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Looking good. Nice truck.
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I agree with you CL. We even had a pro break a windshield on a 72 PU and he had the gall of telling us he was not responsible. It only broke when he pounded a stuborn corner with his fist and being about 6'3" and 260 pounds, that was a bigh blow. Would have thought a "pro" would know better. He grudgingly put in a replacement he furnished but did not do any pounding this time. I can handle the old stuff that installs in a frame, but when you get in the 40s and above, I call the glass man.

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Old 05-15-2004, 07:13 PM
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Trees I don't know of a place that does windshields that does take responsibility financially when they break your old or new windshield.

Centerline you're right, it's a pain in the ****.


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Old 05-16-2004, 05:30 PM
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I helped my dad's friend install all the glass into his 53 Henry J. Windows are stubborn and if you get aggrivated with them and force it they will break. We didnt break any windows but we had sore fingers from spreading the weather striping and pinching our fingers.


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Old 05-16-2004, 09:51 PM
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I use a string (cord) and mild soap, should slip right in.

It looks good.

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Old 05-16-2004, 11:01 PM
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amazing how glass and new rubbers sets a truck or car off.

i used the string and lube method, was still a booger.
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I have always helped or watced my dad do it with a thin cable little thicker than hood latch cable put it all the way around the rubber then clamp them together with a vice grips so you have a handle. but that was always on semis. thats a ****ty job a big window way up there.
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We didnt break any windows but we had sore fingers from spreading the weather striping and pinching our fingers.
Ah! Now I know why my hands hurt.

I used the string method and plenty of spray silicone lubricant but it was still a rough job. However, when you figure what a local shop would charge you for installation plus the hassle of transporting the vehicle to their shop, you can save a bundle by doing it yourself. I just hope its a while before I have to do that job again.



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I use a string (cord) and mild soap, should slip right in.
It did but only with a lot of persuasion from the outside. If you have enough hands applying pressure to the rubber and not the glass it works pretty well. Was my first time and it took a little experimenting to get the technique down. Glad its done though.

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Old 05-17-2004, 07:33 AM
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They get easier.

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Old 05-17-2004, 08:10 AM
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It's.....so.....shiny..........
Look at the purty colours.......
I.....can.....see.....myself......in......them.... ..

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Awesome job Centerline.

I've got a ways to go before walking down that road. I'm sure it'll be more stumbling than walking though.



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Old 05-17-2004, 07:56 PM
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I put windshields in every day at work. But we use a different system than what cars use. Put 18 of 'em in one week. Whew! was I tired.
I have to put 'em in my 38 yet. I've been dreading it. I know car/truck windshields break easier than motorhome windshields but I've broken a lot of them too.
That truck is looking really good, Centerline. I forgot, is that a base clearcoat paint job?
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Old 05-17-2004, 08:32 PM
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I found the trick with the older vehicles is new rubbers. Much more flexible.
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