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bcbennett Silver Member Brad B
Abilene, TX, USA   USA
Hello all,

My TR7 windshield has cloudy sections of distortion that I have not been able to remove no matter what substance or scrubber I have tried. Very frustrating. I know I can order a new one, but the local professional installer told me that he's afraid those original chrome strips would not survive the process. Do any of you have advice on this? Do you share his concern for the chrome surrounds? I believe it's NLA from anywhere.

Thank you in advance.

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Darth V8R Vance Navarrette
Beaverton, OR, USA   USA
1980 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
In reply to # 1533399 by bcbennett Hello all,

My TR7 windshield has cloudy sections of distortion that I have not been able to remove no matter what substance or scrubber I have tried. Very frustrating. I know I can order a new one, but the local professional installer told me that he's afraid those original chrome strips would not survive the process. Do any of you have advice on this? Do you share his concern for the chrome surrounds? I believe it's NLA from anywhere.

Thank you in advance.

Brad:

I removed my windshield myself, and I had a difficult time getting the original Stainless (not chrome) trim off the car. It is only slightly the worse for wear, so it can be done.

The bad news is that the steel behind the trim rots rather badly. I had a 4 inch section of the windshield surrounding frame completely gone behind the trim strip. The trim traps water, and 40 years later you have a surround that looks like Swiss cheese.

OK, so what did I do? I told the windshield installer to NOT reinstall my original SS trim, but use a generic black rubber trim strip, like modern cars use. It seals against the glass and the frame, and so I hope there will be no rot happening around the windscreen. Anyway, it looks like a lot less water will be getting in there.

Of course, I will be long dead by the time someone thinks about restoring the car and/or replacing the windshield. <sigh> So I guess it really doesn't matter. tongue sticking out smiley

Vance



1980 Platinum Metallic TR8, navy blue interior
Bare metal respray, Crower cam, raised compression
ported heads, modified Zenith carbs, 0.060" overbore

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TR8todd Todd Kishbach
Mass, USA   USA
1977 Triumph TR7 "Rally Fraud"
1978 Triumph TR8
1979 Triumph TR7
1980 Triumph TR8    & more
The chrome comes out fairly easy, especially if its an original windshield. Remove wiper panel which is easier said then done. Often you have to sacrifice the chrome nuts holding the wiper stations in place. Then remove the center top chrome cover piece. Easiest way to get the chrome out is with a large flat blade screw driver or small pry bar. Put the edge of the tool under the lip of the chrome and pry it out. Be very careful nut to use the paint or glass as the fulcrum. Use a block of wood or a balled up rag. You need to move around until it eventually works its way out. If you damage one, I have a pile of them. There are two small rubber blocks at the very bottom of the windshield. Make sure the glass guy doesn't loose them. They support the windshield so it doesn't slide down while the sealant is curing. Original windshield had a resistance wire in the sealant. From what I read, you could hook up electricity to not and heat the sealant in order to remove the windshield. Forget about it. Won't work any way. I cut them out with braided wire wrapped around two sticks. One person inside the car one outside. Work the wire back and forth like you are buck sawing a huge tree with two people. Clean old sealant residue and treat any areas where there is missing paint or rust. I can change a windshield in under an hour, so those guys can as well. That is unless I find damage and have to do repairs to the body. I have to remove and reinstall a windshield in a friends car. It leaks, right above his radio.

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darrellwalker Darrell Walker
Vancouver, WA, USA   USA
1966 Triumph TR4A "Christy"
1981 Triumph TR8 "Kate"
In reply to # 1533414 by Darth V8R
OK, so what did I do? I told the windshield installer to NOT reinstall my original SS trim, but use a generic black rubber trim strip, like modern cars use. It seals against the glass and the frame, and so I hope there will be no rot happening around the windscreen. Anyway, it looks like a lot less water will be getting in there.

Hi Vance,

Can you post a picture?

Thanks,
Darrell



Darrell Walker
66 TR4A IRS-SC CTC67956L
81 TR8 SATPZ458XBA406206
Vancouver, WA, USA

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bowen6951 Gold Member rob bowen
Fontana, CA, USA   USA
Hi Brad,
like Todd said not a terrible problem. I took out 2 different windshields and both came out easily, granted they were both So. Calif. cars but won't Texas be the same.Thanks, Rob

Andrew1966 Andrew Ward
Abbotsford, BC, Canada   CAN
I had to have my winshield replaced. They brought in a specialist with over 40 years experience. He has done 3 in the last year with excellent results. Unfortunately Canada is too far away. Just find someone who has done one before.

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Darth V8R Vance Navarrette
Beaverton, OR, USA   USA
1980 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
In reply to # 1533489 by darrellwalker
In reply to # 1533414 by Darth V8R
OK, so what did I do? I told the windshield installer to NOT reinstall my original SS trim, but use a generic black rubber trim strip, like modern cars use. It seals against the glass and the frame, and so I hope there will be no rot happening around the windscreen. Anyway, it looks like a lot less water will be getting in there.

Hi Vance,

Can you post a picture?

Thanks,
Darrell

Darrell:

Per your request, a couple photos of my windscreen trim strip.

Vance



1980 Platinum Metallic TR8, navy blue interior
Bare metal respray, Crower cam, raised compression
ported heads, modified Zenith carbs, 0.060" overbore

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darrellwalker Darrell Walker
Vancouver, WA, USA   USA
1966 Triumph TR4A "Christy"
1981 Triumph TR8 "Kate"
In reply to # 1533923 by Darth V8R
Darrell:

Per your request, a couple photos of my windscreen trim strip.

Vance


Thanks! I've been toying with the idea of blacking out my trim, being the only brightwork on the car it seems out of place. But I like that solution too, hopefully someday I'll be painting my car, and installing a new windscreen.



Darrell Walker
66 TR4A IRS-SC CTC67956L
81 TR8 SATPZ458XBA406206
Vancouver, WA, USA

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