How to Replace a Windshield on a 1952 Chevy Truckby John Johnston
Regularly maintain and service the windshield on your 1952 Chevy to keep it in the best possible condition. If a crack or break appears in your windshield, you must replace it as soon as possible. You can pick up a replacement windshield from your local auto store. Ensure you have someone on hand to hep you with the work as you will need assistance removing and inserting the windshield.
Place a sheet or cloth over your dashboard and bonnet to help protect your vehicle from any scratches or damage during the work. Remove the rear-view wing mirrors with a screwdriver. Remove the mounting screws on each mirror and slide them off their base. This will allow for easier access to the windshield itself.
Remove the rubber seal from around the seems of the windshield using a sharp knife or blade. Carefully cut away the seal around the shield, pulling the rubber off as you do so. Discard the rubber in the trash.
Push the windshield out of the vehicle carefully from inside the truck. Have someone on hand outside the vehicle to help support the weight and lift it out.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the edges of the new windshield and attach the gasket to it. The heavy part of the gasket should be at the bottom. Tie a thin nylon cord around the edges of the windshield.
Lift the new windshield into position over the truck. Have someone hold it in place from the outside to help the seal set in place. Tie the nylon cord to the inside of the vehicle for extra support. Thoroughly clean the inside of the vehicle to prevent any debris from getting in the components or vents.
- You Tube: Remove and Install New Windshield
- "Popular Mechanics: Keep your Windshield Clean;" Volume 182, Number 9; September 2005; Page 137
- "Popular Mechanics: Replacing Windshields;" Volume 169; Number 4; April 1992; Page 102
Things You'll Need
- Petroleum jelly
- Replacement gasket
- Replacement windshield
- Nylon cord
John Johnston began writing in 2006 for article sites such as SN&CK Media, and has a large wealth of experience in writing automotive repair and electronics articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in sports journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.