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Windscreen Removal

Windscreen Removal

Mike Thompson

I have a 78 series 2 XJ6L and have removed both front and rear windscreens. Both were leaking badly. I had puddles in the front footwell and under the rear seats. I bought the seals from Welsh Jaguar in Steubenville,OH. It was not a real hard job just slow because I wanted to be careful not to chip the glass. Some manuevers require 2 people. Here is a description of the job.

    Front Glass
  1. Remove visors and front headliner capping.
  2. Remove small nuts to release "keepers" at top of windscreen.
  3. Remove stainless trim with screwdriver being careful not to bend find ends of small rubber rope that expands seal and pull out. Do not reuse.
  4. Cut seal away from glass, and remove glass and seal.
  5. Clean glass and metal, inspect for rust at corners and fix.
  6. Install seal to car, using black sealant. Install glass at the bottom first (two person). Now carefully pry glass into seal using soapy water to lubricate. (I think corners went last).
  7. Seal this with clear windshield sealant.
  8. Now install the rubber expander and stainless trim. (This takes some time). Don't slip and scratch your paint.
  9. Finally, drill seal for keepers, seal and install.

I did this (front and rear) over three weekends and my car has been dry since. Good luck!


Nick Johannessen

Note that the series 2 and series 3 have totally different methods of keeping the windows in place. The windows on the series 3 are bonded in place, making the job of changing the a lot worse that on a series 2 or similar.


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