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Hi any one out there with the procedure for removal and installation of the windshield rubber on a 1940 lincoln zephyr<P>Thanks <BR>Bill Uhouse<BR>Pahrump NV. rolleyes.gif" border="0

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Hi Bill, usually when you work on a windshield, you are replacing the rubber because it leaks, and the old glass is OK, or you are putting in a new glass and want to use the old rubber seal, or you want to put in a new glass with a new seal. There are different ways to do each of these, so please be specific, and maybe we can help.

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Hi Yes I'm putting in new rubber,which appearently leaked and plus it's 60 years old. The glass is perfect and like new.I have the dash out now so it would be much eassier to do it at this time.<P>Bill

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Hi again Bill, that is an expensive piece of glass in the windshield, so my first recomendation is to take it to a pro in a glass shop, you will see him slice the old rubber with a sharp knife, and release the glass, and not drop it or break it like clumsy amateurs often do, install the new rubber on the glass, then skillfully pull the bottom lip of the rubber on to the lip in the WS opening, with a special string and lots of soapy water, those new rubbers are stiff, and hard to handle. Also you might want to sand and paint the lip first so that you take care of any rust, some do it other ways, but in years in the body business this was always the most common, good luck. Incidentally, since your dash is out, does it need to have the wood graining re-done? It is a #250.00 job for the specialist to do it, and I have just found a fairly close vinyl applique for under $50.00, if I still have the skill to apply it right, color is close but not exact, doubt the expert wood grain guy could do it exact either

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HI ROLF THANKS FOR THE INFO, on the Windshield,No wopod grain on the 40 Z it's tropical sand poly. regarding your wood graining, I just had my wheels re-striped and that particular individual does wood graining in paint and does a bang up job, but his cost is $$$$ and you have to have the dash out.<BR>Taking a second look at my windshield rubber, the inside part is alive and well so now I'm looking at re-vitilizing the out side part of the rubber, Any suggestions?<P>BILL

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Hi Bill, yes, there is some kind of solvent product which sort of re-melts the rubber so it will re-form and adhere to the sealing surface, but I can't remember the name of it. If you could find it, you would have to apply it with the Windshield in place, as there is no way to get the rubber and the glass out together intact, unless you are very lucky, look for the product, Eastwood has a lot of stuff like that, and you could probally soak the old rubber liberally, and it would re-seal fine, sorry my memory is so bad, good luck

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OK Bill, just came across my Eastwood catalog, and sure enough, they have a product called "auto glass sealant", 10.5 fl. oz, used in a caulking gun, sells for $9.99 #34017ZC, it is a 3M product, may be available elsewhere, but you can order it on line from Eastwood at <A HREF="http://www.eastwoodcompany.com" TARGET=_blank>www.eastwoodcompany.com</A> should do the trick

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I found these old posts about windshield seals, but it isn't clear how to go about removing the glass, preferably without damaging the rubber (the glass has bullet holes). It sounds like the stainless trim stays in place, but does the glass come out with the seal, or does the seal stay in place? I assume it should be removed from the front.

Dave

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A Little Help Please ? Can Someone give me step by step instructions on removing the windshield on a 1941 Continental ? IE: Does it Come Out from the inside or from the outside ? How do I Remove the Stainless Trim Around the Glass ( this Is A "Coupe") Any Information would be Greatly Appreciated !!

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I used windex and a snap-on hose removal tool to remove and install both my front windshield, and my rear windows. The snap-on tool has a sharp edge on it so I filed it smooth. Once I removed the garnish from the windows I had my son lightly push on the window from the opposite side I was working on. The windows came out easy, I just made sure there was plenty of windex on the rubber to allow my tool to slide. I liked it as well when installing the glass too. A little windex and with that new rubber on the glass, it all went in slicker that anything. I fitted my rubber gaskets before I cut them and allowed 1/4" extra to allow for a good tight seal. I did check it with a hose and had no leaks. Maybe I was lucky. Some of the window guys like to use a spray silicone however I was afraid it would damage my already frail original interior, your choice however. Good luck my friend!

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I removed it from the inside. It was easy with the hood off, and my son added with the extra hands. Just remember to use plenty of windex, it will slide out really easy. TAKE YOUR TIME..... Don't push too hard, just use even pressure or you WILL break the glass. Patience will be needed here:). If you have any other questions, you can email me. I am by no means a pro at this stuff, but trial and error is always your best teacher!

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