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Fixing the Leaky Windshield in my `68 American
Part 9 - Putting It All Back Together
August 10, 2002
Although much time has passed since I last reported
something new, I have actually been working on a Rambler. The problem is, there was a two
week period where the Rambler I was working on wasn't mine so things have yet again slowed
down. I also went to the 2002 Kenosha Transportation Homecoming show which was held on
July 26th and 27th in Kenosha, Wisconsin which pretty much took care
of the month of July.
Before I get going on what I've done since the last report,
here's some pictures of the repaired areas after the clear coat was applied:
One of the jobs I did manage to do in July was repaint the
dash board while it was out of the car and install the dash pad from my parts car. It
looks much, much better now. The dash was re-installed on August 3rd and I
managed to get everything else except the ash tray and glove box re-installed during the
week. The car is now back to where it can be moved (it's actually back to where it is
technically drivable!) without worrying about damaging the steering column.
Also, for the first time since I've owned it, all of the
under-dash wiring is back where the factory intended it to be. To do this, I needed two
wire harness snap-in clips. I purchased those from Kennedy American (614-879-7283). These
are part number DT712 and cost $3 each.
When I was putting the instrument panel and heater controls
back in last Tuesday, I happened to look up and notice that the inner roof panel that the
sun visor screws into was bent on the driver's side. The way it was bent was very
interesting. The hole that the visor rod fits into on the side next to the door was pulled
down about a half inch and the opposite side was pushed up about a quarter of an inch. The
first question that popped into my mind was, of course, "How'd they do that?".
The bracket the visor attaches with is made of pot metal and I don't think it would be
strong enough to move that panel much, if at all. Since it was getting late, I decided to
leave it for the next time I worked on the car.
When I went to work on the car on Wednesday, I went out and
grabbed my pick hammer and started tapping away at the side that was pulled down. After
about five minutes of tapping, I wasn't making any progress so I did what any frustrated
gear-head would do and I grabbed a bigger hammer and my biggest pin punch (I still needed
to hit it in a pretty small area). A dozen or three whacks with that combo and I pretty
much had it back into shape. I grabbed the sun visor and held it in place and the rod was
now parallel to the roof but it still hung down about an inch to low.
After a little more head scratchin' I took a look at the
passenger side of the car and then back to the driver's side and what I saw again amazed
me. Besides bending the area around the sun visor mounting holes, they had pulled the
inner lip of the inner roof panel down over an inch! Needless to say, it took several very
hard hits of the hammer to fix this.
I have to say that I'm glad I noticed this before I had the
windshield installed. I don't think I would have felt as comfortable pounding the snot out
of the roof structure with the windshield in the car!
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