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I am looking for advice...
I have a 1955 150 Wagon and I have all new glass to install. The wagon is in my garage and can't be driven to a glass shop. I cannot find a glass company, I am in Bellevue Washington, that will come to my garage and install the liftgate glass, front windshield, stationary center glass and the curved rear quarter glass. I have been building cars and boat for years but have never installed any glass. I have had all the glass custom tinted so besides leaks I don't want to break any of it. I have had the center and quarter glass in and out of the car 3 or 4 times locating the holes after I installed the tack strips and headliner, located the upper glass clamp holes and test fit the interior window trim. Has anyone installed their own glass? Do I need special tools? Did you use sealer? Am I over my head doing this?
Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
With the glass installed I can finish the interior and put the seats in and drive it in and out of the garage and move on to the fenders and hood...
Sorry for the long winded message
Your biggest problem is getting over the fear of doing it. I remember the first windshield I ever installed. I was just frozen in worry I was going to break it. I didn't and after the first time, I have done 100's of glass installations on these cars.
All of your side glass will be installed just the same way you did it test fitting. The only difference when you do it for the LAST time is to install 3M strip caulk around the opening before you put the glass and seal in place. Then push the gasket and glass against the sealer and install the retainer clips. If you see places where there should be more strip caulk, install it. You can fill a spray bottle with water and use it to test you seal. If you find any leak, press the gasket and add more sealer.
The same process is used for the lift gate window. The rubber seal around the glass is just a small seal to hold the glass. Most of the space between it and the lift gate will be taken up with strip caulk. Same as the side fixed windows. Install the 4 press in tension clips. Note the shorter of the 4 are the top. Once it is in, do the water test and proceed as you did on the side fixed glass.
For the windshield, there are tech articles on this site on how to do it. It will require 2 people, so a girl friend, wife can help. It is not difficult.
This leaves the door window and most of that is just installing the glass in the vent frame, or fitting the lower setting channel on the glass. The rest is installing the whisker strips on the door edge.
You can do it, it is not rocket science!
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I stretched out strip calk & applied it around the perimeter. I used parachute cord from Home Depot 20' for 2.00 its about 500 lb test. Lathered everything with a 50 / 50 solution of dawn liquid dish soap & a paint brush.
Wife helped put it in the hole bottom first, eyeballed left / right off the A pillars. Work the cords left / right about 6 inches @ a time & nurse it in.
Lift gate was off the car on a bench, a bead of w / strip adhesive & set the glass in. New retaining clips are a mother to install. should be an illustration of clip placement on this board.
Curved rear glass, weather strip adhesive, install the lower rear corner first then up & in.
Doors: Set the vent frame in & install the U channel & outside whisker. You need to get the U channel stainless butted to the vent frame. Remove vent frame.
Door glass goes in first I bought it with the lower channels attached = bolt in.
Vent glass: Soak the setting tape in dawn & water & install the glass. I clamped it in place & let it dry for a few days then trimmed the tape with a razor knife. I may have a pic of the clamp deal.
I set the windshield in the opening without the rubber first and centered it. I placed tape on the windshield and the top where center lined up. It made it a lot easier when the rubber was on to set in in and get it centered. You just had to line up the tape.
When you first set the windshield in, you would swear it will never go in. It looks about an inch too tall, and too wide on the sides. As you start pulling the cord out, the rubber flap comes inside and it all starts to settle in. I used a pretty stiff mixture of dish soap and water in a spray bottle for lubricant.
Since you have a 150, you don't have to worry about the chrome in the rubber before the install.
The liftgate glass is pretty easy, but the spring clips are a little challenge. I still have mine here without the molding i could take a picture of showing the clips if you need.
The front door glass was by far the easiest as was the vent window.