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.I am looking for someone to install windshield on my M1088. I have the replacement part, but I do not have the tools, or skill for that matter, to do the install myself. We are in the Abilene, TX area if that helps. All suggestions apprecitated.
I had a guy I know out of Greensboro do one for me, actually helped him do it and it wasn't bad. He charged me $100, not sure if he would drive to Charlotte but I can text him and ask..
I would like to know what you find out. Supposedly all it takes is time and effort and skill (Ha!) and can be done by anybody. If you discover a nationwide organization, it might be nice for me to use them as well. I have a new window in the crate. Ready to install. Mine is cracked - but that is the smallest problem I have at the moment - so unless I can pay somebody else, it can wait for now.
WHO KNOWS, maybe we could pick up a new nationwide sponsor for Steel Soldiers if they had any interest in doing MV work. The place I worked long ago had a contract with a local supplier. They would rebuild window and door glass frames with safety glass - on Deuces and 5-Tons...
I wished someone told me this was a job for a pro... The hardest part is getting the gasket on the glass... my thumbs still hurt... The TM recommends lube and I will say it helped. A LOTAbsolutely this is a job for a pro that does this all day long. Call around to local heavy truck repair shops and ask which glass shop they use.
.I had a guy I know out of Greensboro do one for me, actually helped him do it and it wasn't bad. He charged me $100, not sure if he would drive to Charlotte but I can text him and ask.
It is not difficult, but it does require a few extra hands to get started and apply pressure to help get the seal to settle into the pocket around the knife edge of the opening. Lube liberally. Use good heavy line in the groove(parachute cord works and absorbs/holds lube(soapy water). I have a special tool of my own design I call a “wubbler” that can help get the lip of the seal up and over the metal edge if your line fails to do this at any point. It is a old screwdriver with about a 3/16-1/4” shank. Cut the head off and round/radius the edge at the cut. Bend the last 1/2” of the end 90 degrees then grind/sand all the tip area and bend smooth. You can get the bent tip into the rubber groove and use a prying/twisting motion with the metal edge as the fulcrum, to work the rubber lip over the metal edge in the tough spots.
The procedure in the manual describes it pretty well, and the “Wubbler“ helps a ton with the tough spots. You just need to make sure the first corner is seated good and deep as the window needs to slide fully into that corner to make enough room to get the lip of the seal over the edge at the opposite end/corners... there are like 3 small lip seals on the outer edge of the seal these need to all be lubed for it to slide in properly...
Done tons of Toyota rear windows over the years and never had a problem. The LMTV windshield took me 3 tries as I wasn’t getting that first corner and edge fully seated...
any place that does mobile windows should be able to help you out...
This is a “Wubbler” (Patent Pending) I guess the tip only sticks out 5/16-3/8” This looks like a 3/16” shaft screwdriver... Everything polished smooth so it is less likely to damage the seal... Scrap screwdriver, saw, vise hammer and grinder/file...
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