Re: replacing cj windshield
I just had mine done this morning, and I watched the guy do it. I had the windshield frame off and sitting on sawhorses because I just Por-15'd and then Herculined it to match the dash. I had brand new rubber, the kind with the lockstrip. I gave him the old glass on monday, and he took it back to his shop and cut a new piece.
Here's what he did:
1. Sprayed the rubber and frame with a lubricant to make it easy to slide on.
2. Fit the rubber onto the windshield frame and trimmed it to size.
3. Using a cool suction cup handle thingy, picked up the glass and set it on the frame.
4. Started one corner into the rubber, and then worked the seal around the glass with a thin plastic tool that looks like a putty knife.
5. Once the glass was in all the way around, he worked around the lockstrip groove with a tool that was like a bent center punch that spread the rubber and seated it well to the glass.
6. He installed the lockstrip with a tool that looked like a miniature shovel with a hole through it. The shovel part spread the rubber and the lockstrip threaded through the hole. He just zipped it right around the windshield.
7. He used his putty knife tool to even up the rubber.
That's it! He made it look easy. It took him about 15 minutes to do the whole thing. The thing is guaranteed against leaks. No adhesive was necessary. It cost me 75 bucks and he did it at my place. I got a good deal, though, because my uncle in law is an auto glass insurance adjuster and they did it for me at cost. I had tried to put the old one in but I couldn't get the lockstrip in. I had used the old rubber and it was brittle, and I didn't have the right tool. Then the glass fell out when i was moving it. That lockstrip is important. I asked him about sizing the glass and he said the rubber has about 1/8" of forgiveness in it and he had cut my glass slightly larger than the old one to make up for years of cutting from the same pattern. I would feel comfortable doing the job myself, after watching him, if I had the lockstrip tool. (I could have made one from a piece of scrap metal). If you have someone else do it, though, they will pay for their own mistakes and it won't leak.
1955 Willys CJ5 Buick 225 V6 160HP 270ft-lbs, T90 trans, Warn OD, PTO winch, Spicer 18 T Case, RS9000's, Dana 25F/ 44R,
5.38:1 gears, 11" brakes, Bestop Supertop, Hurculiner