[Healeys] 100 Windshield Assembly
vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com
Fri May 26 13:33:27 MDT 2017
Most "glazing rubber" can be obtained by purchasing it at a windshield repair place if you are willing to purchase a complete roll. Some places, if you are a good customer, may even give you some to do your Austin-Healey windshield. It comes in three different thickness and usually the thinnest one is the one you will need.
Not all places carry it anymore as the windshileds nowadays do not use the stuff anymore.
From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of Charlie Baldwin <mgcharlie at comcast.net>
Sent: May 26, 2017 3:05 PM
To: Healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] 100 Windshield Assembly
When I did a couple of BT7 windshields some years ago the Moss rubber was way too thick. Even though it is rubber it isn't very compressible. I measured the thickness of the glass and channel and determined what thickness rubber was required, which I got from Restoration Specialties in Windber, PA. They have an online catalog, but I think they call it glazing tape. I put contact cement on the rubber and the windshield to keep the rubber wrapped around while tapping the frame onto the glass. The new glass wasn't at the same radius as the old frame and one of the windshields broke down the middle after it was in a while due to too much stress on the glass. Then I had to relieve the radius of the frame a bit to match the replacement glass.
On May 26, 2017 at 12:28 AM Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:
IIRC, the discussion about 'too thick' rubber was for the U-channel seal, but I may not RC. The glazing rubber we got from Moss years ago seemed to be the correct thickness. I don't recall using a mallet or much force at all, nor do I recall using any lubrication, but it was a long time ago.
Did you get the Triplex windshield, or the cheaper one? There may be some issues with thickness between the two. We were able to reuse the windshield that came with the car--I spent a day polishing out wiper scratches--and AFAIK it was original, or an OEM replacement.
On 5/25/2017 6:29 PM, Michael MacLean wrote:
Thanks Bob. I have the glazing rubber from Moss, but I seem to remember a problem a while ago about the rubber being too thick I hope not. The only other question I might have is, did you use a rubber mallet? Do you need some kind of lubrication? It looks to be a tight fit. Once it is on, I won't be able to move laterally if it's too far to the right or left. Sounds like you have to get ot right the first time.
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