Replacing the Windscreen in a SIII from the Inside
I'm armpit deep in what was originally going to be a simple job of removing and replacing my driver's seat. But, hey, the carpet's pretty dirty under there, so I'll take the other seats out...
You know how it goes. Well, somewhere along the way, I realized that it is possible to reseal the windshield, if one is willing to (or getting sucked into) taking the car apart a bit more than normal.
Looking at the R&R instructions for the windshield (Jag Repair Manual), I noted that the inner flange finisher (U shaped rubber extrusion that sits on the flange that the glass then sits on) could probably be removed with the glass in place. It can! So, I bought a cartridge of 3M black urethane windshield adhesive...
Total cost (ignoring dismantling the car): $12 US.
Seeing as I want to have the car painted in the next 6 months and don't want to have the windshield replaced twice, this looks pretty good to me!
My car is a SIII ('85), with the glass 'glued' into the recess and the finishers pressed into the glue, hence, not very repairable. If there is rust already, this (my reseal) will not correct it, but it did fill all of the voids behind the glass. I have minor rust in some areas (surface rust) from the leaks, I'd assume the lack of future water will help this, but certainly will have it repaired when I get it painted.
This approach certainly was labor-intensive, but I've wanted to 'nice-up' the interior for some time anyway.
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