Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Washington State
Windshield Replacement in Oregon - '67 GTV
Twelve years ago the upholstery shop redoing my GT's interior brought in a gorilla to reinstall the windshield. He hammered in the trim after the glass was in. It wasn't their fault, said the shop,those huge dents no one noticed before were there all along.
Heavy sigh! I called ReOriginals and ordered new trim (in 2002). After it came, the box was stored in the garage until yesterday. That's when a new made in China windshield replaced the original Alfa glass, and the new trim was finally installed.
So how did it go, you ask? Very well, thank you. Jim Arnold, the Old Car Glass Guy, is a real pro. But ... working with glass from ProSource Glass (Richard Tankel) and trim from ReOriginals took all of Jim's patience and decades of experience. In the end, it all fit, but there was a great deal of suspense in the process. By the way, I like ReOriginals, and Richard Tankel was very nice to deal with. It's just not easy to make perfect copies of Italian car parts.
In this case, it turns out that the bends in the lower corners of the new windshield glass are not exactly the same as on the original, neither are the corners on the new trim. To get the trim to fit, Jim made a tool out of wood and using it and pliers wrapped in a thick rag, finally was able to bend the trim enough to make it sit flush. The photo shows a before. Sorry, I forgot to shoot an after, being excited to be done and begin the hour drive home.
To get the glass and trim into place took a lot of pushing, pulling and gentle pounding on the glass (NEVER on the trim!).
If you buy new trim, take a close look at the underside, on the right and left lower corners. If the trim is not bent correctly, you'll see it at those corners. At least you'll know someone is going to have to bend it in order to make it fit. That may affect who you choose to do the install. If everything fits correctly, it's an easy job. If the pieces were like those sold to me, it will take Jim or someone with his patience and experience to make it work.
Jim did say that he has sources for better windshield glass. As I supplied my own, I did not ask for details. I would trust him with any vintage or classic windshield job, however. And I enjoyed his stories of hot rods past and present.
Many Alfas. All gone, but none forgotten