I joined here over a year ago when my corde was in good condition and I had just bought it. Last fall a deer decided to jump in front of me while I was doing 65MPH. The deer jumped up and just grazed my hood and took out my indicator lense then from there straight into the windshield where he dented the A-pillar and the roofline above the windshield and broke off the Drivers side mirror. The mirror came through my open window and hit me upside the head then proceeded over to the passenger side busting out the rear passenger window. I had three of my brother's kids in the car in their booster seats and thank god none of them had any injuries to report. I got a concussion but that was no biggy, I'm tough enough. I drove home after the sherriff's department took my statement and I showed him I was able enough to drive just fine. It took me since last fall to find a place willing to pull me a windshield and it turned out to be my favorite salvage yard who I assumed didn't have any LH cars in because I have been in their yard and never seen any. Well I put in the wind shield and door glass myself with much info from this site ( THANKS GUYS !!! ) and I haven't been able to track down a windshield moulding yet it seems that was a popular part and the stealership didn't have any. The car now has 117K miles and it had only one problem which was the A/C pump. I modified my stock airbox by cutting off the bottom half and built a little support bracket to keep the exposed filter off of the TCM out of scrap stock laying around my house from my last project. I removed the stock muffler and replaced it with two 90 degree elbows then removed the resinator at the same time. I ran open exhaust for a few weeks but I had too many complaints from people and my G/F about it being too loud so I hooked up a Cherry bomb turbo muffler in place of the factory resinator and I'm pleased with it.
Here's a pic of it now
Notice the door dings and dents in the A-pillar and roof line from the deer collision. Excuse the cheesy hub caps but my factory hub caps were all cracked and I can't afford the chrome crusaders right now. Also excuse the cheesy hood pins as the deer decided to modify my hood and latch so I just pinned it for now.
How'd you mount the windshield? Mine is cracked, and I have a good glass from my donor car sitting in the back yard... when it warms up, I'll be cutting the glass out with a piano wire, but then I've got to figure out how to drop it into the other body...
I picked up a "ribbon sealer" gasket from the local autozone. In the package with it was two little rubber "setting" blocks. I got out my factory windshield with a plain old utiliity knife. Cut through the factory windshield gasket on from sides with a new blade and all you have to do is flop the windshield forward and cut the remaining gasket at the bottom of the windshield. CAREFULLY is the word here. Scrape off all of the old gasket with a single edged razor scraper and apply the ribbon sealer to the CAR side. I set the new little rubber setting blocks in the factory spaces for them. You'll see the little indentations under where the factory setting blocks were on the windshield frame. I just picked up the windshield and set it in place by myself. It is advisable and probably wise to have a helper but my friends were all busy and the only help I had was my G/F but she wasn't home at the time so I just bucked up and did it. It set on the blocks them layed right down on the gasket. I noticed the windshield I put on didn't contact the gasket on the driver's side near the corner but I attributed that to it being 40 degrees out that day. I busted out my trusty heat gun and went all the way around the windshield about 4 times and that seemed to do the trick. The only thing I didn't take care of was the windshield moulding on the outside. Try to be careful and save yours by pulling it out and saving it. I parked my car facing the sun for a couple days and let it sit before I drove it. I do notice the wind noise from not having the moulding but there are no leaks, I just washed my car yesterday.
holy thread from the dead batman !! thanks for the looks guys but sadly I'm parting this vehicle out. It's been fun and a great learning experience but I want to get back into the sport coupe scene again. Looking at a lincoln mark 8 if all goes well.