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SE5a windscreen fitting - any tips and advice?

Post by larrylamb11 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:44 pm

I will be tackling the job of replacing the windscreen in my SE5a soon and would welcome any tips and advice from those who have done the job before 8)
I assume the right way is to fit the rubber to the car first, then the screen to the rubber as opposed to trying to rope the screen & rubber all in in one? I've fitted a handful of screens to various cars over the years before and would normally tackle a filleted rubber screen seal (like the Scimitar's) by fitting the rubber to the car first, then lipping the glass in before adding the filler to finish.
Anyone have any tips, advice or quirks specific to the Scimitar to share?



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Post by peter freeman » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:07 pm

Done a long time go but probably still relevant.
https://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/~nenoggins/se5screen.htm



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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:16 pm

If it’s tight use KY jelly , it’s water based . Nuff said



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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:24 pm

With the Sabre Six, I found that the windscreen "seemed" too tall; it fitted into the strip at the bottom and the sides using a plastic kitchen blade. The next step was to push the screen outwards at the bottom which made the rubber seal lean outwards a bit, and then the top edge could be pushed under the seal at the top. The screen was then pushed back in. We haven't been able to find the supplier of the plastic blade (it is hard plastic, usually used for dividing tray-bake shortbread in a non-stick baking tray) but a wooden blade (kitchen spatula) would probably do just as well.
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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:34 pm

5 series is seal on car first, 6 series is seal on screen.


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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:35 pm

and don't cut the seal, it will shrink over time.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:38 pm

Paul over on facebook said he lifted roof a bit with a timber support which helps the refit, obviously very carefully


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Post by Stephenl » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:38 am

advice i once got from a tvr specialist. I've never tried it though.
He explained how your screen might not be the same shape as the old one and the time to realise that is going to cause problems, is not when you are 90% into fitting it.
his advice was to test fit it with a few bits of spare seal, maybe the old seal. cut 6 inch lengths and fit it with them. Something like 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom and one on either side. then you will be able to see if there are any points where the screen and body are way too close and you will have issues. At this point don't be afraid to do a little trimming of the body, Then fit for real, knowing you have a realistic chance of it going in.


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Post by larrylamb11 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:42 pm

Excellent advice and tips! Thank you. Lots to consider there. :w 8)



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