March 30, 2016

1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield Replacement

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1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield replacement

In the event that you have to replace your windshield on your 1968-1970 B-body Mopar, you need to know what you're getting into before getting started. This is a step by step guide to the process of replacing or removing and reinstalling the original glass. 
In our example, this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner was receiving a complete paint job with interior and exterior color change. To paint a car properly, the windshield must be removed. 
Read on for our step by step process of handling the windshield. 

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BEFORE: This 1970 Roadrunner will receive a complete interior and exterior color change and the vinyl top will be eliminated

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Before: Existing trim and glass
Before: Existing trim and glass




















1. Remove the existing stainless trim around the windshield. Careful not to bend or crease your trim, look at the clip type and location(more photos later in this post), and use a clip removal tool (looks like a forked pry bar in most cases) suitable for your application.

2. Remove the windshield gasket and glass. It is likely that you will need to cut the rubber weatherstripping gasket that is holding the glass in place to remove the glass without breaking it. There are a variety of tools made for this purpose which will allow you to cut the gasket without gouging your windshield. 
NOTE- Save any and all clips that are screwed into the body of the car which hold the trim in place. You will need these or their replacements. 


3. Inspect the windshield glass channels for rust and holes

We lucked out with mostly surface rust on this Road Runner. 

4. Clean up, repair, seal and paint the glass channel per your application. In this case we needed a complete color change and did all repairs required followed by painting the entire car. 

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Now that the paint is completed, including wet sanding and buffing, we can continue with the assembly and glass installation. Notice that the dash is in place already. You can't reinstall the dash if the glass is in the car.

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Cleaned, prepped, seam sealed and then painted, the glass channel area is ready for clip placement, windshield gasket and then glass installation 
5. Prep for windshield glass installation
Place clips in the correct locations around the windshield and clean the windshield you plan to install. All clips and glass should be clean and free of old urethane.  
Hopefully you kept all the clips when you took the glass out. You will need them for re-installation. Didn't keep them or they're not fit for use? Find new ones online at Mega parts USA or another retailer of your choice. USE THE OLD CLIPS TO COMPARE TO THE ONES YOU BUY! Also note, the re-pops almost never fit and work quite like the original clips, so save them if you can!

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We are re-installing the original windshield. Clean and prep the glass, removing all traces of old urethane, over spray from old paint jobs or other dirt and debris. We used a razor blade and lacquer thinner to ensure a clean surface on the glass.  Inspect closely for hairline cracks and chips before deciding to re-install used glass.
 6. Lay out your gasket so it will be easier to form to the opening.Place urethane adhesive in the glass channel run.(photo below)
Urethane in place in the glass channel area as we prepare to place the windshield gasket. This stuff is a complete mess. Be very careful not to get it on any surface you plan on keeping intact!
 7. Place the gasket in the windshield opening and let it set in place for at least an hour or two to let the urethane set and seal the gasket to the body before you install the glass(photo below) Note that the clips are slightly visible in some spots and they are installed before the gasket is placed


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Windshield gasket in place. Ready for glass installation
8. Place the windshield. 2 people with suction cups make glass placement much easier. 
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Using proper equipment for handling the glass makes this a smooth process. 2 people with suction cups ensures easier placement. Try to seat the bottom of the windshield directly into the gasket.
 9. Seat the glass in the gasket using the appropriate plastic tool
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Use the plastic installation stick aka equalizer stick or push stick (This is a low dollar tool investment that you'll need for this) to seat the glass in the gasket without scratching surfaces. 
 10. Seal the gasket and glass for an air and water tight fit
Once seated in the gasket all the way around the windshield, place a urethane sealant in the gasket, immediately removing any excess 

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Windshield and gasket in place
 11. Allow the windshield to set and prep the trim for installation. 
While you wait, be sure the trim clean and free of any over spray, urethane or dirt, especially where it need to attach to the clips and on the surface where everyone can see it. With the trim still off the car, use lacquer thinner or adhesive remover to remove urethane. Steel wool (very fine "000" or "0000") works well to polish the top surface or remove rust on the back side of the trim. 


Gasket and glass in place: Note the clip location
Gasket and glass in place: Note the clip location

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Gasket and glass in place: Note the clip location
 12. Re-install the windshield trim, snapping it onto the clips you placed earlier. Again, KEEP ALL THE CLIPS when you take the glass out. You need them for re-installation. Didn't keep them? Find them online at Mega parts USA or another retailer of your choice. USE THE OLD CLIPS TO COMPARE TO THE ONES YOU BUY! Also note, the re-pops almost never fit and work quite like the original clips, so save them if you can!
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Re-installed cleaned and polished stainless trim windshield surround to finish up the windshield installation. 
 13. Enjoy your new view!
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The final result should be a sealed and well fitted windshield, free of leaks!
Application and process may vary slightly between makes and models, but the general principals will apply to this era Mopar. 

Not sure you can handle it? Contact your local windshield and glass company and ask about the cost of a professional installation. They will typically not install the stainless trim for you. You'll also still need to be sure you have the parts on hand and that they are clean and ready to be placed on the car. 

Did this method work for you? We welcome your feedback and questions!