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K/Y Jelly and Rubbers

Time to do the door and window seals. Without the proper tools, this was not easy! Here are some things I learned: You will need heat, lots of KY jelly, pressure, and overlap. I tried to do this on a cold day and it took me over an hour to do one small corner window. The rubber seals were just too hard in the cold. Just wait for a warm day and let the rubber seals get soft.

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The rear corner glass and Alpine windows use the same kind of seal which comes in 2 parts, the main seal then the filler strip. Make sure you overlap the seal to account for shrinkage. I overlapped almost 1/2 inch before I made the cut. (for the Alpine windows the main seal overlap is on top) Put the main seal on first, filler side out for the older trucks. I noticed on the newer trucks Land Rover put the filler side on the inside for the rear corner glass.
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Then slip the glass in and then the filler strip. I start the filler strip 180 degrees to where the main seal overlaps, you don't want both overlaps in the same area. Cut the filler strip longer also. There is a tool that makes putting in the filler strip easy but I don't own one. I tried everything and will be impressed if anyone can guess what this "tool" is from. In the end a flat head screw driver worked best for me.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 11:26 PM
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Your build is just far enough ahead of mine that it motivates me to get working very time you post up!

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Your build is just far enough ahead of mine that it motivates me to get working very time you post up!

Looking good!
Thanks but I am sure you have more parts at your disposal than I do! I can't imagine having all those extra new parts laying around.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:20 PM
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I think soapy water would help in this.
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Door Latch and Strikers

So my 110 came with the lift up handles on the outside and a complicated network of linkages on the inside to move the handle forwards to make it more user friendly:

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I got rid of the linkages and converted everything back to the old-school, more simple, lift up handle on the inside. Unfortunately that meant having to buy new door strikers too. My T posts are from a 2008 Defender and initially I thought I could reuse the newer style push button door strikers. I ran into 2 problems, they were located too high on the T-posts and it was not a tight fit.

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I ended up getting the proper anti-burst strikers for the door latches:

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Lining the strikers up was easy. I locked it into the door latch, moved it into position, and marked the holes on the T posts and drilled. I also used a backing plate inside the T post for added strength.

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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:20 PM
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Windshield Fail

For the most part, this rebuild have gone pretty smoothly. That is until today when I tried to put the windscreen back in. I read up on the "string method" and it seemed straightforward enough.

Putting the string into the groove:

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Starting at the bottom and slowly pull the string out to seat the seal:

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Everything was going fine until:

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FML.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:28 PM
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Dude that sucks. Is that new glass?
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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:31 PM
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I tried to do this on a cold day and it took me over an hour to do one small corner window. The rubber seals were just too hard in the cold. Just wait for a warm day and let the rubber seals get soft.
I've done it in the Winter and we put it on the radiator to heat up before we even attempted the job. I'm assuming since you live in FL you don't have radiators, but you can also put them in in hot water - like the tub, etc.


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What happened? Was it already nicked in that spot?
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Old January 13th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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I've had a similar experiance, mine wasn't a windscreen but a $700 piece of glass...I feel your pain. Truck looks good!
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Old January 13th, 2013, 11:07 PM
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I love the picture of your daughter smiling in the window. As a father of daughters, I can rember such momentes doing a project or what ever, where you wanted to scream, drop F-bombs and curse the Gods and then my girls would come up and ask "Daddy, will you come to our tea party?" to which I always answered "yes baby, I will." Funny thing is, I don't even rember what I was doing or what the projects were. But damn I miss those tea parties.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 12:20 AM
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I did the same thing with a new windshield trying to use the string method. Took the next one to Safelite and they did it in 5 minutes for around $50. Was worth not breaking another one!
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I did the same thing with a new windshield trying to use the string method. Took the next one to Safelite and they did it in 5 minutes for around $50. Was worth not breaking another one!
That's what I do as well. I have heard that aftermarket vs oe gaskets makes a big difference but no idea if that's true.
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I just called Safelite and they quoted me $588. WTH?

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That's what I do as well. I have heard that aftermarket vs oe gaskets makes a big difference but no idea if that's true.
This is OE gasket from the same windshield frame I took off to paint.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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When I last replaced my windshield, either they didn't have it or wouldn't return my calls so I ordered on from RN, I think it was $400 or $500. Then I just happened to find someone to replace it and ran it through insurance. It cost $50 and I still have the windshield from RN in the box. Now I have a spare...lol.
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I love the picture of your daughter smiling in the window. As a father of daughters, I can rember such momentes doing a project or what ever, where you wanted to scream, drop F-bombs and curse the Gods and then my girls would come up and ask "Daddy, will you come to our tea party?" to which I always answered "yes baby, I will." Funny thing is, I don't even rember what I was doing or what the projects were. But damn I miss those tea parties.
Trust me, I was dropping F-bombs in my head. My girls never give me a moments rest. Everytime I am out there they are inside my truck swinging on the Monkey Bars, tripping all the switches on the steering column (I know they will break one soon), climbing over the seats, sticking wrenches/screwdrivers in every hole they can find, or curled up sleeping in the front footwell.

I wanted to put the windshield back in so my oldest can no longer climb out onto the bonnet from the inside. I guess she has a few more weeks.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:56 AM
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Love it now! mine used to be the same. Now soon to be 15 and 16, they see alot of my actions as impacting their liberty! I've recently abolished South Park. I guess it's to be expected since they are free thinking but things change quick.
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I just called Safelite and they quoted me $588. WTH?

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This is OE gasket from the same windshield frame I took off to paint.
Don't buy the glass from them ! The last windshield I bought was $100 from Atlantic British. Doesn't Stephen have them already in the frame for reasonable cost ? Seems like he was asking $200 for a new take off with frame a while back.
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Have a local glass shop use the broken one as a template. It is a simple, quick job to cut a piece of flat glass.
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.....Doesn't Stephen have them already in the frame for reasonable cost ? Seems like he was asking $200 for a new take off with frame a while back.
Haha this is the NTO from Stephen that I manage to F-up

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Have a local glass shop use the broken one as a temple. It is a simple quick job to cut a piece of flat glass.
Yeah I gotta look into this. I have read about this before. Gotta research what type of glass I need.
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