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Rear glass screen installation

Discussion in 'Harrington Alpine' started by Limey, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Limey

    Limey Diamond Level Sponsor

    Hi all,

    I need your experience and guidance please

    Time to fit the rear screen but how is this done?

    I have a 6/3.5mm seals which is identical to the original seal but 3mm is pretty tight on the roof aperture lip which with the headlining is up to 5mm thick and I can't see how you can string it

    So which method?
    1 - Seal in place in the aperture, then screen fitted into seal, then locking chrome infill fitted? (as they do on Mini's)

    2 = fit the seal and locking infill to the glass then 'string the whole assembly into the aperture as they do on VW Beatles

    I tried method 1 but the seal fell into the car when fitting the glass because without the locking infill the rubber rotates downwards under pressure and the glass falls in

    Many thanks for all help and advice!

  2. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    I watched Mike at our local glass shop when he installed the hatch glass on the white car. He installed the rubber ,lubed it up, set the glass in place on the rubber and started at one corner using his glass stick and worked the rubber over the glass. Then he pushed in the chrome tube. He was done in less than ten minutes.
  3. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Oliver, I'm a bit confused with the method 1. I did a lot of Minis - when I was young;) - but always did it as described under #2. Otherwise the rope trick won't properly work. Haven't been there with my HLM but would asume #2 would be the proper approach - with lots of soap...
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2019
  4. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I believe the cause of lots of the Sunbeam rust around the window frames can be contributed to the "lots of soapy water".... I try to use a petroluem base product when I am doing the windshield installation.
  5. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    There is a tool to install the chrome window welting that makes it super, super easy. Try to look for it, I don't know a vendor that sells them, I borrowed it. Use a spray liquid soap to lube the rubber.
  6. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

  7. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    Yes, I think that's a version that I used, the welt passes through the eye of the loop, and as you can see there are different sizes for the weld used.
  8. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    FYI, the cost for installation of the LeMans rear hatch window including the rubber and the chrome bead was $56.50. This was done 06/12/18. Well worth the cost.
    jumpinjan likes this.
  9. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    Yep! It is well worth it.
  10. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Diamond Level Sponsor

    Goop waterless hand cleaner is a great rubber lube.
  11. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    The install took him maybe 15 minutes.
  12. Limey

    Limey Diamond Level Sponsor

    Hi Jan,

    You must have done a few of these Harrington rear windows. What was your method, step by step?


  13. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    No particular process, I typically put the rubber seal around the glass and install in the window frame. And then persuade the seal's rubber lip around the inside of the frame using a plastic blade (that's blunt, not sharp). It helps having a helper to push the window in while working on the last corner.
  14. Limey

    Limey Diamond Level Sponsor

    Thanks Jan. Appreciated!
  15. Limey

    Limey Diamond Level Sponsor

    Thanks - In the end that's what I did but I used two double suction discs to stop the bottom left and right corners dropping in.

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