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53 Windshield bad day


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I bought a windshield from a junkyard for my 53 special model 41D. It had some serious delamination on the bottom but the price was o.k. I bought the rubber gasket from Cars. I installed the gasket on the windshield and using lots of soap/water spray was installing the reveal molding on the gasket all per the detailed instructions in the service manual when the windshield broke cleanly in two pieces near the middle. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good source for a new windshield? I'm thinking I will find a moonlighting glass guy to help next time.

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Thanks to both of you for your input. I just ordered one from Auto City Classics. Their price and shipping was the best by far. Buick Convert, did you install it yourself on your Roadmaster? I'm just wondering if today's windshield shops would even have experience with the rubber/reveal molding install.

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Bob, having done both the windshield and backglass on my '53 Super, I would highly suggest getting a helper. It is a bit of a pain in the butt, Lamar and I did it and I don't see how it would even remotely go smoothly with just one person. If I was up in your neck of the woods I would offer to come over and help you. We used the rope trick outlined in the manual.

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Bob, having done both the windshield and backglass on my '53 Super, I would highly suggest getting a helper. It is a bit of a pain in the butt, Lamar and I did it and I don't see how it would even remotely go smoothly with just one person. If I was up in your neck of the woods I would offer to come over and help you. We used the rope trick outlined in the manual.

Too bad you are a long way from my neck of the woods Will. I could use the help. I definitely didn't plan to do it by myself. There is another old restorer down the road who has done some flat glass windshields with the rubber/reveal molding type install and the rope trick. He will come over even if I can find some help from a glass shop (which are also scarce as hens teeth up here).

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Some things are best left to the specialists imo. I had a local glass shop order and install the windshield on my '51 Olds 88. The car was only there a couple of days and they didn't act like it was any big deal ordering or installing the new glass.

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