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Old 07-07-2006, 10:49 PM
 
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Will using body solder on the A pillar...

...melt the seal to my windshield? I took the vinyl top off of my Caprice today and discovered some sloppy joints where the A pillar meets the roof. Now, since I'm not reusing a vinyl top, I'd like to fill in these areas and was thinking that body solder (like Eastwood's kit) may be the way to go. It just looks like too much area for bondo. I'm concerned about the amount of heat this will generate right on an area next to the windshield. Do you think I can get away with this without melting my windshield seal? I really, really do not want to have to remove it.

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Old 07-08-2006, 09:17 AM
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I think that seam continues under the windshield. There's no way I would do a repair like that without removing the glass. It seems likely you will find more to repair once you get the glass out. Why not do it right?
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...because the thought of removing the windscreen slightly frightens me. Not so much removing it, but putting it back in without breaking it or having a bunch of leaks afterwards. And farming it out to someone else costs money that I really don't have. It's not rust or anything...just the factory seam...it looks like they didn't even care at the factory.

Stupid GM and their stupid sloppy seams. "Oh, it's fine, it will be covered by a vinyl top...no need to worry about it."

Sorry, I get mad at things like that.

The seam itself is fine, I'm just looking for something to fill in the gaps enough so I could use body filler over it. Something that hopefully won't crack or flake off. I suppose if worse came to worse I could just...put another vinyl top on it...sigh
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Possibly some glass reinforced filler? A lot stronger than "bondo" and you can usually get away with going a bit thicker but that probably is not all that deep anyway is it?
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No, not really. I would say, oh, a quarter of an inch. Which is too much for bondo.

What kind of product did you have in mind? I suppose I'm pretty lucky that this area isn't rusted. I took the old vinyl off, and all the paint looks damn original. I thought these things usually trapped water...

I can post a picture later to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.
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