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58 Task Force Windshield Replacement
#1374866 Wed Aug 26 2020 02:13 AM
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John D Offline OP
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Hi Folks.
I'm trying to get a windshield installed for my 1958 3200. I had two originals.

One was pretty clean but it had some delamination in the corners. I tried to install it, but it wasn't going in quite right. I left if for the night, and when I came back, driver side went foggy in the top and bottom delamination area, due to soapy water lubricant wicking up. So out it comes. The second one had a lot of wiper scratches (why couldn't someone just buy new wiper rubbers!). Installation was going better, but then I cracked it. My fault.

So I called the local auto glass supplier and they ordered me a new replacement. Professional installer could not get the windshield in, despite two attempts.

We compared the original windshield to the new one, and it's 1/8" taller in the center, and 3/8" wider at the corners than my original. He's going to try and order in another new windshield from a different supplier, and try to get a gasket from Premier, who he says makes the best gaskets. (mine came from Classic or LMC, not sure).

So does anyone have any original windshields that can be measured as a comparison to my originals? Mine is 58 3/8" bottom corner to corner, and 18" tall.

Anyone else have problems getting a windshield installed ?

John.


When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work�this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
Re: 58 Task Force Windshield Replacement
John D #1374888 Wed Aug 26 2020 07:41 AM
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Had one put in my 57 came from China and was installed no dramas got seals from L mc truck had an old school installer who loved the challenge


57 3200 pickup 265 V8 with service tray
Re: 58 Task Force Windshield Replacement
John D #1381569 Tue Oct 20 2020 09:29 PM
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My windshield supplier (Novus Auto Glass in Sarnia, ON) really had a hard time getting a good new windshield. They went through 5 different windshields and all were defective in one way or another. Off spec dimensions, scratches, nicks, etc. Each was sent back one after another. Finally they found a different supplier, which had a different manufacturers windshield. Still from China though. This one was just fine. Went in quick and easy, and fits fine. Overall, took 3 months to finally get a windshield.
I was getting very worried that I had really warped the windshield opening when I replaced the GMC dash with my Chevrolet dash. But it looks like that was not my problem. Now I just need to scrap my old delaminating windshield.

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When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work�this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. Ecclesiastes 5:19-20

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