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Windshield installation 1972 250c

I just had a long talk with Safelite trying to convince them to install my windshield.

I have to admit that after the call and Safelite telling me I should find an expert on classic cars, that I am now wondering if I should try installing this windshield on my own.

Has anyone ever done a DIY windshield install on one of these?

I did install a windshield on a 1978 ford thunderbird when I was in college. That was a tar-rope installation, not a rubber gasket though. So I've got some minor experience, but nothing great.

Should I give it a try on my own?

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Tried it myself with my W108. Got it all in except one corner wouldn't sit right. Long story short, I broke it. 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.
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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.

Wow. That's interesting because that's exactly what safelite said.

Now where do I find an older glass guy?

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I would be interested in finding someone replace my W123 windshield also.
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Don't do it on your own. The glass and chrome surrounds install together. You might try the search with restoration places to see who they use/recommend...
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I would be interested in finding someone replace my W123 windshield also.

Welcome!

Might want to add your location to your profile or mention it in your post.

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Don't do it on your own. The glass and chrome surrounds install together.

That's what I've read about SLC rear glass and it being extremely difficult to install, resulting in many many SLC cars with no rear glass trim installed because the installation crew gave up in installing the trim and rubber seal together. I guess the same might be true for w114 front glass.

I will ask Al Taylor how hard it was to get it out of his stock shift w114 coupe (that he hit a deer with).

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I've done it two times on Mercedes (w123 & w110) so it is easily a DIY job. The hardest part by far is removing and reinstalling the chrome trim that fits into the rubber gasket. The key is to remove it from the old gasket without bending it (in the least) and then re-seating it correctly as you install the new one. Removing the old sealant from the body is also tedious and time-consuming.

It's also much more likely you will break a windshield removing it than installing it, in my experience. The FSM has instructions (very spare) and there is a ton of info in the forums on this job if you do a little research.

I decided to do it myself because I couldn't get quotes from a glass man to do the job within a 60 mile radius.

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Thank you @carpenterman !

Al Taylor got this glass out of his w114 somehow. (Makes me think I should ask him if that stick shift drive train is still available.). The side and top trim is still inserted in the seal that he provided with the windshield. There was no bottom trim provided with the windshield, but if you look closely, you can see that the bottom trim extends farther than the windshield itself. So hopefully I won't need that one, and will have spares of everything else.

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The trim on my black coupe is in excellent shape though. So I will have to research how to remove it. I'm thinking that it would probably be messy but maybe easiest to just bust out the old windshield.

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Going down this road as well. I used to install windshields occasionally in old VW Beetles and a few early 911's but that was years ago. Thing that concerns me the most is removing all the trim along the bottoms. I say plural as I also have to do the rear seal as well.
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