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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Just picked up a GTV (another one :-) today, its a solid car except for the base of the front windshield. What are my options? Do I need to find a donor car to cut the pieces from or are there patch panels avialable for this area? Thanks.
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I'm no pro, but here's a link to a web site that did exactly what you're planning to do. http://www.alfarestore.com/ Great site and great pictures. I'd say that rust is the tip of the iceberg and I think you're going to have to fabricate part of the windshield channel by hand. Probably a bunch more once you get that fender off.

Congrats on the GTV. It's not fair that you should have two. You should give me one!

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Roadtrip is right I had a 50 cent size rust hole in the same place your rust is and when I pulled out the windshild the whole bottom lip the windshild sits on was gone I could hardly believe it, I knew it was going to be bad with water leaking thew to my fuse box but I was not ready for that.

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Thanks for the replys, actually the first GTV I got was one I picked up locally for a friend who lives out of the area....its going to its new home this weekend. The red one is for me. Luckily there is no water/moisture damage inside due the the rust. I figured I would probably have to fabricate pieces from scratch to replaced the rusted area, unless I can find a donor car to cut them off of. I just wanted to make sure there were not patch panles available.

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Well, we can hope for the best. Isn't there a saying somewhere?

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I understand, perhaps incorrectly, that rusting around the windscreen is more of a problem with the glued in windshields than with the gasketed type. As many have done, you might want to consider retrofitting a 1750 or earlier gasket type windshield and gasket. It's not the cheapest mod though. The gasket type windshield is a little smaller so you can't just put a gasket on your current windshield. You need a different windshield. And the trim to go with the gasket although I've heard that some folks leave the trim off.

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