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Old 08-28-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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I have a '98 Ranger that I cracked the windshield on last winter cleaning ice off with a shovel (pure genius, I know. C'mon it'* a Ranger). Inspection is running out and I want to pick up a replacement at the salvage yard.

Has anyone replaced one themselves, or know of a good how to article on the web?
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Without the proper tools you wont be able to do it. You risk breaking the windshield. If you can get the correct tools, then it'* not that hard.
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Over the years I have gotten a few out at wrecking yards,... and not gotten a few out. Step A is to find a yard with several to choose from/attempt. hahaha. I heat a small slotted screwdriver with a propane torch and stick it through the seal. Next you need wire to "slice" through the seal all the way around the windshield. A low E guitar string is ideal. bend one end around a stick and use pliers to tighten it on. Then stick the other end through the hole you have made in the seal and bend it around a stick as well. A screwdrivers on each end will work as well. Then with a friend outside and you inside, cut though the seal with the wire in a sawing motion. Patience and taking it easy and slow will do the trick. Clean edge with a new razor blade and reseal. Good Luck, and easy does it.
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Over the years I have gotten a few out at wrecking yards,... and not gotten a few out. Step A is to find a yard with several to choose from/attempt. hahaha. I heat a small slotted screwdriver with a propane torch and stick it through the seal. Next you need wire to "slice" through the seal all the way around the windshield. A low E guitar string is ideal. bend one end around a stick and use pliers to tighten it on. Then stick the other end through the hole you have made in the seal and bend it around a stick as well. A screwdrivers on each end will work as well. Then with a friend outside and you inside, cut though the seal with the wire in a sawing motion. Patience and taking it easy and slow will do the trick. Clean edge with a new razor blade and reseal. Good Luck, and easy does it.
Fantastic tips, Thanks GXP Venom. Ok, if I get a donor out in one piece without cracks, in theory... I clean up the donor windshield with a razor. I kick the piece of crap out of my truck (just kidding), is it like a one piece seal that I buy or a something like a contact epoxy that I glue it in with? I'm guessing that the glass rests on stops or something similar, I just line it up by eye and glue it in?
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You'll need black windshield sealant. Comes in a caulking gun tube, it'* very tacky. Put a nice bead of it around the frame, set windshield in and replace the trim.
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