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Old 07-03-2015, 06:19 PM
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'75 240d Windshield install?

Hey guys..

So the windshield on my 240d was junk. I was able to cut one out of w114 chassis which appears to be the same glass.

So, has anyone installed their own windshield? I've seen how the glue in windshields are installed... But havent ever messed with one like this...

A "how to" would be great.

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Old 07-03-2015, 06:38 PM
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Plenty of advice on the forum. Do a search.
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Old 07-04-2015, 03:51 PM
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it can be done, but its best to leave to those that have done them , I have tried and chipped the edge on my attempt It is one of those things a DIYer can do , but it takes practice
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:46 PM
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Ive been reading a good bit on it.. Planning on trying but it will be a while. My current windshield is damaged beyond repair... picked up a good used one from the local pap for $20.. (Ive only got ~400 in the car so far...) so would prefer to keep with my current theme and get it squared away as cheaply as possible while doing it right.

Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:08 AM
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I've done a bunch of flat and smaller curved pieces of glass with pull seals in old VWs. Even as forgiving as those pieces were I still busted a few along the way.

I would like to replace the windshield seal in one of the W115s, but when that time comes I will let an experienced shop pull the seal for me, while I take care of prep and finish details. That windshield is large and has a pretty good curve to it - not an easy install. But hey, go for it! Let us know how it turns out.

FWIW - I had the local Benz dealer install a fresh seal in a W123 a few years ago. They putzed up the trim to the point I had to pull it, straighten it, and then put it back in. I sent them an invoice for the time but never got a response! :-)
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Old 07-05-2015, 12:07 PM
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I figure at this point, if it pops, I'll only be out $20. It'll be a bit but I'll post pictures, good or bad, of the outcome in my build thread.
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Are you re-using your old gasket or installing a new one? Did you have any issues with leaking already?

40 year old rubber would likely have lost much elasticity and would be prone to leaking. This would be a good opportunity to pull the old windshield and rubber, and make sure you don't have any rust. You need a smooth painted surface to get a good seal between the metal and rubber. I believe our host sells the rubber windshield seals for a surprisingly low price.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:10 PM
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Oddly enough, there was a new gasket in the trunk when I bought the car. The stock gasket is SHOT.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:27 PM
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Fit the gasket to the glass to ensure it is the proper fit before removing the wind screen.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:57 AM
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Will do. It will probably wait until late fall when I'm ready to park the car and redo the interior and floor pans.. Just in case I break the glass.

Thanks for the insight
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:18 AM
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Warm weather is nice for pulling glass seals - the seals are soft and pliable making the job much easier. Hard, cold seals are no fun to pull and tend to catch the lip and tear even with lube, in my experience with old VWs. If doing that job in a location that's cold in the fall I'd want heated space, and time for all the components to come up to temp.

Is that seal you found in the trunk a genuine Benz seal?
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:27 PM
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I bet you can find video on YouTube that shows how to install automotive glass using the rope method.
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:54 PM
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Its an aftermarket seal.. but from a bit of reading, most that have used it have had good luck with it. I thought about ponying up for the MB seal.. but then I remembered that I only gave $300 for the car.. and I really want to see if I can get this car right for under 1k. Have a few plans for it past that... but under 1k to have the suspension, steering, brakes, etc.. all road worthy.

So far, I don't have too many parts to buy. I plan to go through the steering and brakes plus replace all the rubber bushings front and rear. Ive got the engine running good and it does drive decent so far... but there is quite a bit to do yet.

Beyond this windshield install... check out my build thread.

Thanks again for the help guys... and I'll do some checking on youtube for a rope method install vid.

-Chris
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