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exfed12825
Tony Gentile
Waterford, Pa
(59 posts)

Registered:
03/30/2016 02:43PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB 347ci Bessel Motorsports/ Ford stroker 530 hp

Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: exfed12825
Date: May 10, 2017 07:21PM

Okay, what is the trick to getting the windshield and frame lined up and back on the car. I read somewhere that a piece of 1/4 rope in the flap will help you pull the flap out flat. So I did that but that isn't the problem I'm having now. I can get the bolts closest to the pillar in but then I can't even get close with the two on the end of those ears. I tried putting the bolts in the center post and they pulled the pillars farther away from lining up


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5204 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 10, 2017 11:17PM

I used a bunch of ratchet straps.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
(2306 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 11, 2017 12:12AM

If I remember right, I got the bottom two bolts in and then levered the windshield/frame forward to get the upper tao to line up. Best done with a couple of people so you dont put excessive twisting force on it.


billymgb1000
bill gaulin
harrisville R.I.
(56 posts)

Registered:
11/30/2012 12:31AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB V8 LS1 5.3

Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: billymgb1000
Date: May 26, 2017 04:45AM

x2 on people helping to push down, and I found that without an air ratchet I don't think I would have got them to start once it was close.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1191 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: May 26, 2017 02:04PM

Make sure that the rubber is warm. A really hot day or a hair dryer work well (no heat gun unless you are very skilled with it)
And coat it all with liquid dish soap so that it can move.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5204 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 26, 2017 04:26PM

You can also sweat on it a lot, that helps too.

Jim


JWD
Jim Durham
Gig Harbor, Wa.
(88 posts)

Registered:
01/22/2013 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB Ford 302 (398.9 HP, 383.2 TQ)

Re: Lets Talk More About Windshields
Posted by: JWD
Date: June 27, 2017 08:24PM

I figured that MG didn't spend more than a few minutes installing them at the factory and they didn't use ratchets, several people etc. I stepped back and examined the issue and figured it out. I can now install the windshield assembly onto the body in less than 15 minutes without any ratchets, straps, divine intervention, help etc. I posted on the MGE forum my solution and sent it to many people that replied they couldn't believe it was so easy. I can't find it now but if anyone wants, I can write it up again and send it in a PM.

I can't attach pics. to a PM so send me a PM with an e-mail address if you want a pic. that explains it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/2017 08:31PM by JWD.



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