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Old 07-06-2017, 07:51 AM
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Default It's new windshield day!!

So I finally got off my duff and had my cracked windshield replaced. So for 2 hours or so and the equivalent of $142.00 nice shiny new windshield.


Here is the shop one gold attaboy for anybody that can read it. LOL

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In the bay note the strut tower bar.

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The hardest part of the whole deal was getting the mechanics huge hands inside and behind that bar to remove the two bolts holding the cowl cover on. It took longer to get those two tiny bolts out than it did to remove the old windshield LOL

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Finally they got it off with no damage to the retaining clips.

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Had to wait a bit as they were working on the pickup at the same time

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Cutting it out. They had a tool with a handle to pull it and an "L" shaped blade to cut the old adhesive holding the windshield in. (Photo of the tool later)

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More cutting

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Taking it out. Needs three guys one on the inside pushing it out LOL.

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Missing something.

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Cutting off the remains of the old adhesive. (photo of the tool later)

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Old 07-06-2017, 08:04 AM
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Scrapping out the gunk.

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Applying the primer. It is used as an anti-rust agent.

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Can of primer

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Applying activator with brush this makes the old adhesive adhere to the new stuff.

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The primer and activator. Note the cable on the tool used to pull the cutter to remove the old windshield.

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Now the new adhesive is applied.

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New windshield in the shop getting the rubber gasket applied before installation.

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The homemade tools. The one with the wooden handle is a cut down putty spreader sharpened on the edge to scrap out the old remains of the adhesive. The blue plastic thing that looks like an ice scraper is used to pry the windshield out without marring the paint.

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More tools with the cutters cable pull extension.

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Bye Bye LOL

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Old 07-06-2017, 08:22 AM
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This is the adhesive just for windshields that goes into the applicator.

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On the way.

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Slapping it in. With the rubber gasket around the edge it guides it back in the right place without guessing. Note the two handles that glass installers use they have large suction cups on each end and stick by moving a lever.

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Almost done note the handles still stuck on. To release them you just throw a lever and they come right off.

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Putting the cowl cover back on.

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And that's it. Because it is so hot here they put some clear packing type tape along the top so the heavy glass doesn't slide downward while the adhesive cures. The tape can be removed the next morning but no cleaning the glass or car wash for a week.

Whew I feel better now. I have been neglecting my baby because I hated to drive it with a big crack and first thing next week will give it a bath to celebrate.
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