Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I have 2 S1 spiders and just purchased glass for both of them. So far, I've had one installed.
Bought glass from Pro Source. Glass (2 windshields) came from Canada. Pro Source was very good but their shipping company totally gouged me to deliver the glass (2 windshields on a palette) to my paint shop claiming it was a residential address. Nothing I could do would resolve the problem. $400+ for shipping! That's more than the cost of 1 windshield....
Make sure you buy a new gasket. Remove the front valance and check the trim clips under the windshield gasket. (the valance rests on the lower part of the clip and the windshield trim piece clips into the upper part, which sits on top of the valance.) If the clips are rusty, replace them. The only time you can replace those clips as far as I can tell is when the glass is out. (Somebody correct me if this is not the case since I have some more I need to replace..) This is also a terrific time to replace the rubber gasket at the front edge of the valance. Use new screws and speed-nuts to reattach it.
Take pictures of EVERYTHING before you take it all apart, including the inside trim on the sides. I didn't get good pictures of the side trim but am fortunate enough to have another S1 spider to use as reference. (hint: the little tabs at the bottom of the side trim pieces go on top of the window gasket, not behind it.....)
Remove all of the little trim chrome/trim pieces on the sides, top and bottom of the windshield including the inside plastic pieces on the sides. (You do not need to remove the top inside plastic pieces or the visors but it might be safest to remove the visors.) Catalog the screws and replace them as needed. A little #0000 steel wool on the chrome trim will clean it up and remove the rust stains from the screw holes. Note: The very long inside trim screws holding th eplastic inside side pieces are not available anyplace so be very careful with them.
I had a local glass shop come out and install the glass. I have worked with them on other classics and knew they could do it. HOWEVER, make sure you fit the valance and trim strip under the windshield when the installer is done to make sure the bottom of the gasket is pushed up far enough. (an alternative would be to measure the space between, say, the hood lip and gasket in several places before glass replacement and then again after.) Since the new gasket may stick out a little farther than the old one, there may be an issue with the wiper spindle covers not clearing the lower windshield trim strip. I'm still trying to figure out how to fix that.
Reinstall all the trim. The lower windsheild trim piece will be difficult to reinstall with a new gasket, but it will go back in. Use new screws where appropriate. A large Ace hardware store usually has every Hillman screw made if you need replacements. I've been there dozens of times matching odd screws.
OK, that's it! Hope it helps!
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Last edited by Hodgepodge; 07-19-2019 at 04:05 PM.