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No harm in trying to remove the windshield whole if you're not going to save it. Get some plastic trim tools and start working the gasket over the lip from the inside with some outward pressure. Start in the top middle and work your way either direction.

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My only hesitation right now is that I could put the car outside if needed now. Without a windshield I would never want it outside. So the fear is my potential inability to install the new glass after removing the existing.

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Fonz, if you've NEVER done a windshield before, I would highly recommend doing some leg work and finding someone who can do it for you. My dad and I tried to install a windshield in his 108, decades ago, and we ended up cracking the thing. I like to think that when I hire someone to do something, it;s not because I CAN'T do it myself, it's so I don't have to, or so I don't have to live with my screwing it up And so I can continue to live without giving myself a stroke
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Fonz, if you've NEVER done a windshield before, I would highly recommend doing some leg work and finding someone who can do it for you. My dad and I tried to install a windshield in his 108, decades ago, and we ended up cracking the thing. I like to think that when I hire someone to do something, it;s not because I CAN'T do it myself, it's so I don't have to, or so I don't have to live with my screwing it up And so I can continue to live without giving myself a stroke

I totally agree, but:
1) I have installed a windshield in a 1978 Thunderbird as mentioned above.
2) if I could easily find someone to do the installation, I would pay them to do it. Sometimes it takes less time to do a job yourself than it does to find someone to do it for you.

No decisions have been made on this. So don't worry. I do a lot more research than real work.

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Al Taylor got back to me and suggested something that should probably be obvious. Do the job on a very warm day. I guess I will be waiting for summer to do this replacement.

Some packing tape on the inside of the glass will probably hold me over.

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Had an independent glass place come out. They sent an "older glass install guy" and he put it right in with no issues.

I find the big glass guys employ a lot of inexperienced installers who know how to glue glass in, but are not too experienced with the old install methods.
Same here with my W111. Actually bought the new windshield from the dealer and had a local installer come by my garage to put it in. Two guys who knew what they were doing. No issues and I couldn't have been happier with the result. I don't trust myself doing it alone, since my knowledge of glazing installation is roughly nil.

Work was performed on a cold day, btw, though in a (marginally) heated garage. FWIW.
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Sorry about that, Im in the Lehigh Valley area of PA and work in Bridgewater NJ. Looking forward to getting info on this site, I will post up my story this weekend. Currently my windshield has a small crack and a slight leak from the top drivers side corner. I was toying with adding some sealant up there just for the time being. Would that be OK?
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talk to a body shop , you may find a rust spot with windshield out , they can take care of that .
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Nothing wrong with using sealant in the meantime. Find some black butyl rubber caulk and use a putty knife to lift the gasket edge ahead of the caulking gun. Let cure and trim with razor blade.

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Nothing wrong with using sealant in the meantime. Find some black butyl rubber caulk and use a putty knife to lift the gasket edge ahead of the caulking gun. Let cure and trim with razor blade.

Might work for bja72774 but not for me:
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The blacktop was being redone at my mechanic's shop in the middle of the city where there aren't any baseball fields for the kids. There did happen to be baseball sized rocks pushed onto the sidewalk from the asphalt crew, and instead of baseball gloves , they had windshields of some old cars. A classic Chevy pickup (parts car really) also got it pretty good.

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