I plan to change the rubber seals on the front and rear windscreens on my P5b myself. I have read the manual and all seems logical enough (famous last words). However, I remember reading some of the threads that this can be a bear to do (a search comes up with nothing more). What do the guys out there that have done this think? What do I need to look for? Any pitfalls? Is it a two man job? I imagine parts from JR Wadhams would be beneficial to me? Many thanks
Post by Andy - SE London on Feb 28, 2005 17:16:37 GMT
Hello Richard, I started to do my front screen myself but after getting the screen out which had smashed I wished I had not started it!!!!!! In the end I called a friend of mine who fits windscreens for a living, with the two of us it took over 6 hours. The one bit of advive I can offer if you are going to do it yourself is - with a digital camera take lots of photos for reference on where the clips go!!! Luckily I had so my mate could see how and where they went.
I know it can cost nearly 3-400 quid to get done by someone who knows what there doing, but it might save you alot of greif.
;D Yes do not try it yourself! Leave as long as possble and coincide it with a respray.
Inspect rubbers on P5's at rallies - its usually quite obvious which are DIY ftted versions
Its very easy to damage the stainless mouldings if you are too heavy handed. Its best to renew all clips and screws. Leave the screws very slightly loose to allow the clips to align properly. Buy a large tin of Dum-Dum and you will have to keep wiping it off for months as it oozes out particularly in hot weather
But before you even refit the rubber you will have to repair rust damage you will probably find underneath the old one
Post by norman priest on Mar 15, 2005 19:47:02 GMT
Just a quick note about replacement windscreens I have just purchased from e bay a new laminated front screen for a p5b from mobile windscreens ltd (0177 304 2000)(www.mobilewindscreens.co.uk) they also offer a fitting service although this is not a mobile service, when I asked about the cost it was a very reasonalble £80:00 +v.a.t they have done several of these in the past at the crawley depot so I think they may know what they are doing.I will let you all know as I am haveing mine done in April after the rubber arrives from australia ( the address which I obtained from this good site) and the cost includiing postage is much better than from the u.k.
also mobile windscreens have screens for the coupe in stock. if you need any more info drop me a line
I thought I would copy this post from rovering in October 2005 to this thread as well. Having now completed the job I know more than I thought I ever could about it and will write it up for the mag at some point. You need to use 2 types of sealer. A non setting mastic and Dum Dum just to finish the outside edges and gaps as this goes hard on the surface. Original post was: Well I have just spent all day fitting the windscreen in my fully repainted P5B saloon restoration project. What an absolute b#####d of a job it is. The worst thing I have ever done on a P5. Still with lots of patience and persistance it is now in and once the soft mastic goes off a bit I will apply the harder stuff to seal round the gaps and edges. It looks really good and the JRW seal was similar to the old one (that did not fit either ). I have also started to fit the rear screen but that is already proving easier. If you want mastic in your hair and bruises on your hands, this is the job for you. I can now recommend an expert who will do this with you and who is based in Basingstoke. It takes 4 to 5 hours to refit a screen once all the old stuff is cleaned out and any rust treated.
It can be done at home if a] you have patience of a saint, b]a wife who is good at following orders, who can also tell the difference between a frying pan & a 7/16W spanner. I have the latter.
It only took me four years to stop the leak on the front screen (Clear silicon sealer from a DIY shed did the trick). + 17 Gallons of waxoil to stop resultant rusting.
I try not to see the dents in the trim BUTTTTTTTTTTTT the heated rear window is ...... well a good as any 1960/1970's HRW. Next time [in another world] I will get it right[ish] But it can be done. Rgds