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Old 06-17-2016, 01:45 PM
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so now i move to the door openings....this gives me the front window and door openings done which allows me to put the vinyl on the scuttle, the mirror and the demister vents and then install the dash board and install the front window....the rear panel can be the last thing i glue down. now all i am waiting on is for my distributor to finish getting rebuilt by Jeff

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Old 06-17-2016, 04:01 PM
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I think we may be done about the same time.... fortunately, since mine is a soft top, I don't 'have' to have it done before beating it like the cross-bred, red-headed stepchild it is
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:54 PM
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oh yeah thats sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet, i saw and old style dune buggy that would be fun too





on a coupe the scuttle vinyl and mirror and demister vents have to go in before the windshield and the pillars have to be wrapped with headliner material before the door opening panel goes on.

remove clamps and trim material where necessary








wrap pillar glue both sides





wrap around edge and glue and clamp










this is how i glued it folded it over

install mirror and cut out demister vents




all stainless steel fasteners



lets see about the windshield gasket.....35 yrs old new and never installed


i have to clean off the gasket and lets start the stretch of the old gasket


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Old 06-21-2016, 12:42 AM
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my rope measurement says i need 119" of circular gasket length, which incidentally is exactly what i have its just under tension and not relaxed lets see what a couple of days of Virginia sun does to loosen it up

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:10 PM
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what a PITA this is turning into.....


the gasket does not want to stretch over the glass in a one person work environment.....tonight I might put 3 other sets of hands on this


tried for over an hour and it just did not work. there is significant difference between my new rear window seal and the NOS front window seal in there flexibility and stretchability




and now I am stretching the rear glass one also...goal this weekend all front/rear glass and dashboard in..

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:09 AM
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I bought a brand new FJ40 windshield seal. Couldn't use it because it was too soft and the wrong size.... don't know what to tell you about why the stock one won't fit, though. The solution for mine was generic rubber seals.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:46 PM
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Does Steele sell a windshield seal for the MGA?
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:26 PM
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I WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

different ball game today.....two of us one extremely stronger then the other....little joe: 23yrs old. 6'3 210+ lacrosse player and old soft me....i can tell you we needed the muscle


the stretch did the trick.....put the one end side on first taped it down so it would slip off and then moved to the other end, it was obvious from the start the gasket was more flexible. it still was a chore and we tried putting the rope in the glass slot so when we rolled the gasket over the glass from the bottom we could pull it out....that and the Popsicle sticks from Michaels did the trick. i am not sure the rope gave us anything but once or twice it clearly provided a benefit.once we got the second end done we taped it down an moved to the long sides....about 30 minutes of pretty intense work. mostly cause the old gasket was so stiff. the stiffness is dramatically different then
the new gasket for the rear window




I am going to let it get use to the window for a while in the sun and then as soon as i get another helper it will get installed today.....

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Old 06-24-2016, 11:52 PM
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well it is what it is......read on

finished headliner install



glue top first then side panel





glue side panel




next is the back panel












photo of glued bottom



seam





install parcel shelf to act as a "clamp"




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Old 06-25-2016, 12:10 AM
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win some lose some.....

add the string for seating the gasket over the window flange



pull out rope and it seats itself well sort of...



work both sides evenly



freaking looks awesome



not so shabby if i must say so myself



well except for that.....


I never should have tried to use the old gasket or maybe the dead blow hammer either, oh well $185 for the windshield $80 for the gasket


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